The show began last weekend and finished up with the main events that began Monday.
Taking place in Madison Square Garden — as it has since 1877 — the Westminster is the largest and most prestigious dog show in the United States.
The dogs competing are sorted into groups based on breeds. Those groups are hound, toy, non-sporting, sporting, working, herding and terrier. The group winners advance to the Best in Show competition.
The inaugural dog show was held at Gilmore’s Garden, predecessor to Madison Square Garden. More than 1,200 dogs competed in the four-day event.
The name “Westminster” comes from a former Manhattan hotel where a group of sporting gentlemen used to gather and swap stories. They eventually formed the Westminster Kennel Club.
Today, the show is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the U.S. Only the Kentucky Derby has been staged longer by just two years.