Top Dogs: Best of Westminster’s Past

Check out memorable pups from previous years and stay tuned to find out which pup is 2010's alpha dog.

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Penny Lane, a 2-year-old King Charles Cavalier from Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., shakes out his fur in the doggie spa at the Pennsylvania Hotel, Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 in New York. Competition in the134th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will take place Feb. 15 and 16 at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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A Yorkshire Terrier, is groomed backstage prior to competition in the Westminster dog show in 2007. As we prepare for this year's show, being held February 15-16 at Madison Square Garden, take a look at some great photos from past shows.
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In 2009, 10-year-old Sussex Spaniel Stump was an inspiration to old dogs everywhere when he took best in show at Westminster.
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Stump gets a taste of the glory of Best in Show after beating out more than 2,500 dogs from 48 states that competed in this year's show.
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Stump and his owner Scott Sommer try to handle the media frenzy after Stump won Best in Show.
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The Sussex Spaniel stole the spotlight in 2009.
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A bulldog waits backstage during the 2009 Westminster Kennel Club dog show.
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Archie, a miniature wire-haired dachshund, takes a rest backstage at Madison Square Garden during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.
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Spencer, an English Cocker Spaniel from Bethlehem, Pa., doesn't look too excited as he waits backstage to be groomed.
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Shannon Scheer grooms her Old English Sheepdog " Iggy" backstage during the 133rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden.
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Essie, a 4-year-old Ibizan Hound, waits backstage for competition during the 133rd annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at Madison Square Garden in New York.
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Pug " Cutter" sits and waits in the hallway before being shown in the Junior Showmanship section.
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An Afghan Hound is a blur as it runs during the 133rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The show is considered the most important in the United States.
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Hunter, a 1-year-old French Bulldog, waits in his cage backstage to compete... next to his very own glamour photo.
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"Dolly" a Miniature Poodle is groomed backstage in 2009.
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Competitors and spectators watch as a handler shows his Borzois in 2009.
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JoJo, an American foxhound, gets a job-well-done greeting from owner Beverly Wyckoff backstage at Madison Square Garden during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.
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A overall view of the judging rings during the 2009 133rd Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden.
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Carissa Boettcher prepares a group of Keeshonden backstage.
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While waiting to be groomed, a Standard Poodle rests on her pretty, pretty pillow.
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What a mug! A Bulldog gets groomed backstage during the 2009 Westminster Kennel Club dog show.
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What nice teeth you have! Wild Fire on the Rocks, a Papillon, is inspected by judge W. Everett Dean Jr.
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Teabear's Bertz of a Feather, a Japanese Chin, is inspected by the judge during the Toy group judging on Tuesday.
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Handler Gabriel Rangel bends down to congratulate Scottish terrier Ch Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot after winning the terrier group at the 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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A Shih Tzu looks like a true pageant contestant during the 2009 Westminster dog show.
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Duncan the Maltese gets all his locks in place during the 2009 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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Sammy, a Shih Tzu, has a beard of pink bows at the 2008 show.
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Francesca, a Chihuaha, receives an acupuncture treatment for a cold at a "Spa" set up for dogs during their stay at Hotel Pennsylvania.
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Chuby, a Chow Chow, is either sleeping or waiting patiently backstage at the 2008 competition.
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This Maltese feels a rush of wind - and adrenaline - during the 127th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2003.
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This Pomeranian is ready to head to the ring for the 2002 Westminster dog show.
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Is there a dog under there? A Shih Tzu takes a nap during the 131st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2007.
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This Dalmation has his eye on the prize in 2002.
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Do you think I'm pretty? A Japanese Chin cocks her head as a Tibetan Spaniel looks on during the 127th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2003.
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Parti-colored cocker spaniels are held by their handlers during judging at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York February 15, 2000.
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Last year's chosen one, Uno, basked in the glory after winning Best in Show.
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Ringo enjoys his temporary digs in New York City. After receiving the Award of Merit in the Australian terrier competition, he relaxes in his hotel room where he stayed with his owners in 2003.
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Blaze, an Australian shepherd, waits to check-in to the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York City. His companion Jane Fierbaugh will pick up the tab.
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Max, a black and tan Coonhound, sports his 26-inch earspan for judges during the 2006 competition.
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And here's a flip side. This Blood Hound gets his maw inspected during the 2007 show.
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The event goes by in a blur for dogs, handlers, and audience members alike. Here a Komondor feels the rush of competition.
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OMG! Kirby, A Papillon, can hardly believe he made it to The Best-In-Show Cup after being crowned the show's winner in 1999.
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French bulldogs (aka Frenchies) line up to compete for Best in Breed in the 127th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2003.
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In the category of owners looking like their dogs, check out the swinging, flowy hair in this trotting duo as English Setter shows his moves at the 2008 show.
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In another entry of canine and human resemblance... Handler Kathy French waits next to a Bulldog backstage during the 132nd Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show at Madison Square Garden.
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Eek! This entry is a little less flattering. Here a Mastiff rests between his master's legs after competition. (The resemblance isn't supposed to be front and back, is it?)
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Vincent, an American Cocker Spaniel, channels Bob Marley's dreadlocks while he waits to be shown in the 2008 show.
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Daniel, an English Springer Spaniel, doesn't seem as thrilled with his rasta 'do.
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A Shih Tzu is all tied up at the 2007 show.
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The Chess Master, a Pekingese, licks his nose as he rests in preparation for the Progressive Dog Show, a warmup for the Westminster Dog Show in 2004 in New York City.
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The drama! A Chinese Crested awaits judging at the 131st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2007.
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Justine, a Shih Tzu, prepares for the 2007 competition. She plans on releasing a tell-all about the back stage scandals this fall.
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It's spoiling time! This Chihuahua, Dafna, relaxes before the 2007 show by popping over to Barney's and getting her nails done at Bliss.
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Skyler, a Yorkshire terrier, wears wraps as he's groomed at the 129th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 14, 2005 in New York City.
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Ayaya, a toy poodle, gets precision grooming in preparation for the 2004 Progressive Dog Show.
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Walker, a Standard Poodle, is groomed before she makes her grand entrance at the 2008 show.
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It's hard work holding up all that hair, as Harry, a Maltese, learned during the 2008 show.
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This Pomeranian gets ready for his close-up at the 2008 competition. He'll probably shake all of his fur 2 seconds after he gets off the table.
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KJ, a Yorkshire Terrier, showed onlookers before the 2007 show that it's not easy to be this beautiful.
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Champion Ridgebury Friar Tuck O' Jeskar is tired rfom all the festivities of the 2008 show.
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All Aramis, a Briard, wants is some chow for winning best of bread at the 2008 show.
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Daisy shows off her incredible Frisbee-balancing skills. The trick wasn't enough to win her top dog in 2008, but probably enraged and humiliated the poor Beagle.
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Cali-fornia Dreaming, a Bichon Frise, gets her cloudy mane of hair brushed before the 2008 competition.
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This Great Dane stands up to the competition as he is judged during the 2008 show.
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It's puppy love between two German Shorthaired Pointers who prepare to take the stage to compete for best in breed at the 2008 show.
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Trump, a Standard Poodle who competed in the 2008 show, has hair quite like her billionaire namesake, Donald... only more of it.
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Bling, a Bedlington Terrier, shines as he waits to be shown at the 2008 competition.
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Rowdy, a Vizsla dog, feels a strong bond with owner Jenna Iacobellis. Is that kind of love natural?
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Rufus, the 2006 Best in Show winner, proudly stands beside his first-place ribbon during the post-show festivities.
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Vikki the toy poodle gets down to business and walks away with Best in the Toy Group at the 2008 show.
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Josh, a Newfoundland, was named Best In Show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in 2004.
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Channeling her inner Chrissy from "Three's Company," this Tibetan Terrier gets groomed backstage during the 2008 Wesstminster Dog Show.
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Dusty, a Havanese, travels to the dog show in comfort and style.
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Annie the English Sheepdog is blown away by the competition in the 1996 Westminster Dog Show.
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The 80's are back in canine fashion. (Flock of Seagulls, is that you?) Here an Afghan Hound gets ready to compete in 2008.
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A Chinese crested awaits judging on a table at the 129th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 14, 2005 in New York City.
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A Pekanese, owned by Carol Rice, waits to compete in the 2006 show.
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Who likes the treadmill? This Border Terrier Glen does. The Hotel Pennsylvania set up a puppy gym in the basement for the Westminster dog show at Madison Square Garden.
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Don't confuse Ike, an Afghan Hound, with a lady who lunches. Ike is busy with serious business. Here he waits to be groomed during the show in 2008.
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An Australian Shepherd eagerly waits for his owner's command at the 2008 competition.
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Pageantry is hard work. Ike, a standard poodle, needs a rest from the pressure of competition in 2006.
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