Hickory took home top honors at the 2011 Westminster competition, with the first Best in Show prize ever awarded to a Scottish deerhound. The three-year-old from Warrenton, Virginia, has been the No. 1 dog in its breed for the past three Westminster shows.
As the second-youngest dog at the contest, 10-month-old Pinky has a distinguished pedigree -- her father, Major, has won Best in Breed and appeared in the November 2010 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine. The miniature pinscher breed is known in the business as the "king of the toys," and perhaps not coincidentally, these toys love to play.
Irish wolfhounds like Jack are physically the largest breed at Westminster. The sweet-tempered animals can reach up to seven feet tall when standing on their hind legs.
The Chihuahua, represented here by one-year-old Fifi, is the tiniest of all the breeds at Westminster. This intelligent breed takes its name from the Mexican state of Chihuahua, where the earliest specimens were found.
Trusty Labrador retrievers are one of the most common dog breeds in the United States. With 14 Best in Show wins, R.J. is the highest-ranked black Lab in the history of the breed.
The rarest breed at Westminster, the regal English foxhound has been a favorite subject for dog painters over the years. Bonnie, two-and-a-half years old, is from Canfield, Ohio.