From the cute and cuddly to majestic and regal, the 2014 Westminster Dog Show featured canines of all shapes and sizes when the Best of Breed results were announced on Day 1.
Four different groups were on display on Monday at Madison Square Garden in New York—Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding—featuring dozens of breeds in each group.
The arena so many sports fans associate with NBA basketball was transformed for this prestigious competition, as shown by the venue on Twitter:
From a field of thousands of world-class dogs, the field narrowed down considerably with the Best of Breed winners. From there, the Best of Group competition narrows down the field even more for the final Best in Show, which caps off the event at the end of Day 2.
Here's a look at all the Best of Breed winners from Day 1, followed by a look at the four elite canines that won Best of Group honors on Monday night.
|Afghan Hound||GCH Criston Enchanted|
|American English Coonhound||Ch Moonlight's Most Wanted In Blue|
|American Foxhound||GCH Kiarry's Rag Doll|
|Basenji||GCH Jasiri-Sukari Win Tin Tin|
|Basset Hound||GCH Topsfield-Sanchu Eenie Meenie Miney Moe|
|Beagle, 13 In.||GCH Bougain'E Naughty-N-Lovely Alvin|
|Beagle, 15 In.||GCH Tashtins Lookin For Trouble|
|Black and Tan Coonhound||GCH Bayaway Jersey's Due Process Of Law|
|Bloodhound||GCH Flessner's International S'Cess|
|Bluetick Coonhound||Ch Evenstar N Heritage Mint Julep|
|Borzoi||GCH Sylvan Silver Springbok|
|Dachshund (Longhaired)||GCH Kaycees Galewinns Starburst At Wagsmore MLD|
|Dachshund (Smooth)||GCH Bessdachs Electric Martini|
|Dachshund (Wirehaired)||GCH Del Prado's Bar Code W|
|English Foxhound||GCH Monocacy Bend's Wellington|
|Greyhound||GCH Grandcru Phelps Insignia|
|Ibizan Hound||GCH Serandida Abbaio La Contessa Scalza SC|
|Irish Wolfhound||Ch Kuriann Of First Avenue|
|Norwegian Elkhound||GCH Vin-Melca's The Norseman|
|Otterhound||GCH Scentasia's End Of An Era CGC|
|Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeen||GCH Hicotton Can'T Stop Rockin|
|Pharaoh Hound||GCH Osiris Cowboy Casanova|
|Plott||Ch CGCH C-Cruz Mob Boss Vito's Gotcha|
|Portuguese Podengo Pequeno||GCH Houla's Border Patrol Pw CM|
|Redbone Coonhound||Ch Sidearm Return Of The King|
|Rhodesian Ridgeback||GCH Raquel Welch Of Malabo Apd|
|Saluki||GCH Ladyhawk Guinness The Menace Of Tazi|
|Scottish Deerhound||GCH Hobarra's Let's Get It Started|
|Treeing Walker Coonhound||GCH Stackem Up I Did It My Way|
|Whippet||GCH Sporting Fields Bahama Sands|
|Affenpinscher||GCH Yarrow's Hi-Tech Ben There Done That|
|Brussels Griffon||Ch Cashin's Sizzling Bacon Bit|
|Cavalier King Charles Spaniel||GCH Grantilley Galaxy Moon|
|Chihuahua (Long Coat)||Ch Bramver's Royal Tuxedo|
|Chihuahua (Smooth Coat)||Ch Sonnus Filho (Sanchez)|
|Chinese Crested||GCH Daretobebare Flashy Threads|
|English Toy Spaniel (B&PC)||Maibee Orlando|
|English Toy Spaniel (KC&R)||GCH Lto Prosperity|
|Havanese||GCH Harbor's Sky-Blue Pink|
|Italian Greyhound||GCH Donavin's Caramel Macchiato|
|Japanese Chin||Ch Chindale's Anything She Wants|
|Maltese||GCH Richelieu's Valentino|
|Manchester Terrier (Toy)||GCH Burmack's Highlander At Chesterfield|
|Miniature Pinscher||GCH Marlex Classic Red Glare|
|Papillon||GCH Wildfire On The Record|
|Pekingese||Ch Yakee Easily Persuaded|
|Pomeranian||GCH CR Chase What Matters|
|Poodle (Toy)||Ch Smash Jp Beauty & Beat|
|Pug||GCH Caper's Sirius Endeavor|
|Shih Tzu||Ch Hallmark Jolei Rocket Power|
|Silky Terrier||GCH Karisma Heart And Soul|
|Toy Fox Terrier||Ch Starfox Stealing My Heart At Juslyn|
|Yorkshire Terrier||GCH Trio's Big Shot|
|American Eskimo Dog||GCH Nuuktok's Atka Inukshuk|
|Bichons Frises||GCH Saks Winning Card|
|Boston Terrier||Ch Motif's Unstoppable At Rio|
|Bulldog||GCH My Heart's Bazinga|
|Chinese Shar-Pei||GCH Jade East Do You Know The Way To San Jose|
|Chow Chow||GCH Dreamland's Startin' A Revolution|
|Dalmatian||GCH Spotted Bliss Oreo Delight|
|Finnish Spitz||GCH Pikkinokka Badgr Sir Barksalot|
|French Bulldog||GCH Lionheart's Fortune Five Hundred|
|Keeshond||GCH Kj's Hot Date|
|Lhasa Apso||GCH Xeralane's Kid Rock|
|Lowchen||GCH Paceaway Play It Again|
|Poodle (Miniature)||GCH Bellefleet's Living In The Fast Lane|
|Poodle (Standard)||GCH Brighton Lakeridge Encore|
|Schipperke||GCH Dante Fire When Ready|
|Shiba Inu||GCH Dragon House Mr.Jones|
|Tibetan Spaniel||GCH Kan Sing's Tenzin|
|Tibetan Terrier||Ch Barnstorm Sim-Pa Caught On The Fly By Dzine|
|Xoloitzcuintli||GCH Bayshore Georgio Armani|
|Australian Cattle Dog||GCH Littleflock The Peacemaker|
|Australian Shepherd||GCH Copperridge What's Your Dream|
|Bearded Collie||GCH Dreamchaser Follow Your Dreams|
|Beauceron||GCH Bijou Noir Du Chateau Rocher HT RE|
|Belgian Malinois||GCH Broadcreek's Elsa|
|Belgian Sheepdog||GCH Cibola's Brazos De Dios Of Adagio|
|Belgian Tervuren||GCH Mishaook Lulu At Chateau Blanc|
|Border Collie||GCH Tang Dynasty Rocky|
|Bouvier des Flandres||GCH Stonepillar's Steel Blu|
|Briard||GCH Lighting Strike El Xargall|
|Canaan Dog||GCH Pleasant Hill Magnum Of Samara|
|Cardigan Welsh Corgi||GCH Riverside Telltail Coco Posh|
|Collie (Rough)||GCH Devinwood A Perfect Stranger|
|Collie (Smooth)||GCH Bit O Heavens Sorceress CD PT RN|
|Finnish Lapphund||GCH Sugarok Guardian Spirit|
|German Shepherd Dog||GCH Wolf Creek Galaxy Of Merivern|
|Icelandic Sheepdog||GCH Bjarkarkots Hroi Hottur Luke MX AXJ OF|
|Norwegian Buhund||Ch Trollheimen's Pink Tourmaline|
|Old English Sheepdog||GCH Bugaboo's Picture Perfect|
|Pembroke Welsh Corgi||GCH Aubrey's Moon River|
|Polish Lowland Sheepdog||GCH Swan Crest The Power Of Love Eternal|
|Puli||GCH Cordmaker Topsy Turvey|
|Pyrenean Shepherd||GCH La Brise Sun Bear|
|Shetland Sheepdog||GCH Grandgables The Frat Boy|
|Swedish Vallhund||Ch Fantasi Starlight Tiwaz PAX MXP3 MJP3 RA CD BN PT THD MXPB MJPB|
Starting off with the live events of the evening, the hounds hit the stage at Madison Square Garden, and the field was loaded with brilliant specimens, as shown by Erica Hill of NBC:
As Hill pointed out, Nathan the Bloodhound won Best of Group honors, with the Whippet, Basset Hound and Irish Wolfhound rounding out the top four, as shown by the Westminster Dog Show on Twitter:
Hound Group Winners: 1: Bloodhound 2: Whippet 3: Basset Hound 4: Irish Wolfhound #WKCDogShow— Westminster Dog Show (@WKCDOGS) February 11, 2014
Looking at "Nathan," even an average dog lover can appreciate his remarkable combination of elegance, strength, vitality and that extra bit of cute. Clearly, judge Douglas Johnson appreciated his finer qualities as well, and the bloodhound earned a spot in the running for Best in Show as a result.
After the hounds left the stage, it was time for the toy breeds to shine.
Many of the breeds featured were of the cute-and-cuddly variety, making it hard for the average viewer to pick a favorite.
In the end, it was Classie the Miniature Pinscher who stole the heart of judge Keke Kahn, who sent the diminutive champion into the fray for Best in Show.
The Cavalier, Pomeranian and Pekingese rounded out the top four in this group:
Toy Group Winner: 1 - Min Pin 2 - Cavalier 3 - Pomeranian 4 - Pekingese #WKCDogShow— Westminster Dog Show (@WKCDOGS) February 11, 2014
As pointed out by Kyle Shiely of The John Hines Show, the last time a Min Pin won Best in Group was way back in 1975:
The last time a min pin won the toy group at #WKCDogShow was the year I was born, 1975. Far too long— Kyle Shiely (@WCCOKyle) February 11, 2014
Far too long, indeed, but no longer an issue. Min Pin for the win.
After the toys came the non-sporting dogs—a group which encompasses a lot of variety. From American Eskimo Dogs to Poodles, from Bulldogs to Lhasa Apsos, this year's group produced some gems.
After all of them had been weighed and measured by judge Jacqueline Stacy, it was Ally the Standard Poodle that earned its spot in the Best in Show competition.
Coming in behind the poodle was the Tibetan Spaniel, the Miniature Poodle and the Dalmatian:
Non-Sporting Group Winners: 1 - Standard Poodle 2 - Tibetan Spaniel 3 - Miniature Poodle 4 - Dalmatian #WKCDogShow— Westminster Dog Show (@WKCDOGS) February 11, 2014
With three groups down, the herding dogs hit the stage at MSG. Full of some of the world's smartest and most persistent dogs, this group features many breeds which are found in homes throughout America.
As pointed out by Hudsonette, who was watching the action, these dogs were all business:
The Herding Group is here! They mean business. #WKC— Hudsonette (@hudsonette) February 11, 2014
Though there were many worthy candidates, judge Walter Sommerfelt was impressed the most by Coco the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
Coming in right behind the Corgi were the Puli, the German Shepherd and the Old English Sheepdog:
Herding Group Winners: 1 - Cardigan Welsh Corgi 2 - Puli 3 - German Shepherd Dog 4 - Old English Sheepdog #WKCDogShow— Westminster Dog Show (@WKCDOGS) February 11, 2014
This was the final group of the night, and it set the stage for what's sure to be a fantastic second day at the 2014 Westminster Dog Show in New York.
Coming up on Tuesday, judges will pick Best in Breed winners for the Sporting, Working and Terrier groups, concluding the evening with the Best in Group and finally the Best in Show competitions.
If Monday's action was any indication, dog lovers are in for a treat.
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