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Central Bark: Champion dogs descend on NYC for Westminster Dog Show

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(CBS 8) - It's considered the Super Bowl of all dog shows. In a couple of days New York City will be filled with hundreds of the top dogs from around the country for the Westminster Dog Show, and San Diego will be represented there.

There's a good chance you don't spend hours brushing, primping and perfecting your pooch. This weekend, however, hundreds are doing just that as they prepare for the biggest dog show in the country.

The Scottish Terrier has reigned supreme among all breeds after receiving Best in Show at Westminster last year. But already a number of breeds are rising to the challenge to take top honors this year.

"There's a beautiful Pekingese, a wonderful Irish setter, a great boxer, a wonderful whippit whose from San Diego area actually," announcer David Frei said. "The great whippit from San Diego won the group here last year, so maybe that dog will be standing in there at the end again this year."

In 2000, the movie "Best in Show" opened in the theaters, poking fun at a group who takes their dogs seriously.

"We admit to being a character rich environment and we sit there at that movie and we see some of those characters and say you know I know that person, or yeah I remember my wife yelling at me for losing Mr. Bumble Bee along the way," Frei said.

This year features six new breeds including Sienna, a leonberger.

"She was called "Chunky Monkey" because she had such great bones. The breeder originally thought initially when she came out that she was a male because of her bone. So we knew that she had what it takes to come to Westminster and this was our goal," owner Teresa West said.

Interestingly, the leonberger is a breed from the 1800s, but just recognized as a pure breed. It's a mix of a Saint Bernard, a Pyrenees and a Newfoundland. This is both Sienna and her owner's first Westminster show.

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