Behind the scenes at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club dog show

Combed, curled, and ready to strut their stuff…

Looking good Jasper, looking good.
(Image credit: REUTERS/Keith Bedford)

It takes a lot of hard work to look this good. And with more than 2,700 dogs competing in the 137th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York City this week, the pressure is on for both the hounds and the handlers. Canines representing 187 breeds —including two new breeds, the Russell Terrier and the Treening Walker Coonhound — will compete for the coveted title of Best in Show. (Our money is on the Standard Poodle). And in pursuit of the top prize, handlers work hard to make sure their pride and joy is primped to perfection. Take a peek behind the scenes at this year's Westminster dog show.

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Elena Scotti is TheWeek.com's assistant photo editor. She is a photographer and printmaker living in Brooklyn. Follow her on Twitter.