Bulldogs and their trainers line up on the green carpet of the competiton ring during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Feb. 13.

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Impressive pooches

Bulldogs and their trainers line up in the competiton ring on Feb. 13 during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

 

The bulldog — with its squat face, enormous underbite and bulging eyes — has surged in popularity in recent years, but the very traits that make these dogs lovable cause chronic health problems. The British Kennel Club has revised its standards for the breed, but American enthusiasts have no such plans for now.

 

Running from Feb. 13-14, the Westminster Kennel Club dog show was first held in 1877 and is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the U.S. — second only to the Kentucky Derby.

 

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Martha Stewart, whose dog is participating in the show, stops to look at a Bichon Frises in the staging area during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show in New York City's Madison Square Garden.

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Martha Stewart observes the fluffy competition

Martha Stewart, whose dog is participating in the show, stops to look at a Bichon Frises in the staging area during the dog show in  Madison Square Garden. 

 

Stewart's own dog, a Chow Chow named GK (short for "CH Pazzazz's Genghis Khan #8"), took home this year's blue ribbon for Best of Breed.

 

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Young competitors

Andrew Mueller, 10, competes with Stella, his Cavalier King Charles spaniel, in the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries on Feb. 13 at Westminster.

 

Coverage of the show continues on Tuesday from 8-11 p.m. on USA Network. Highlights include the sporting, working and terrier groups and the awarding of Best In Show.

 

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