A crowd-loving bloodhound named Nathan appears to be the frontrunner for tonight's Best In Show competition at Westminster Dog Show. The dog won last night's competition for the hound group and will advance to the final round of the competition this evening, alongside a seven-pound miniature pinscher from the toy group; a Cardigan Welsh corgi from the herding group; and a standard poodle named Ally, who won the non-sporting category to round out more than 100 career best in show wins.
According to the Associated Press, the dogs advancing to the Best In Show round weren't the only winners:
Along with the four group winners, prime contenders to walk off with the prized silver bowl are Sky the wire fox terrier, Matisse the Portuguese water dog, Riley the Irish water spaniel and the Fifinator, a Doberman that has her own Facebook page.
More than 2,800 dogs from nearly 200 breeds have competed in this year's Westminster Dog Show, which was reserved exclusively for purebreds throughout its 138-year-history -- until this year's first-ever agility competition, open to both traditional and "All-American" mixed breed dogs. The classic competitions, however, are only open to purebred dogs, who are judged against a breed standard of ideal size, appearance, and disposition.
And while Nathan the bloodhound looks like he could be Westminster's overall champion, the dog show is a time to celebrate canines of all breeds -- traditional, mixed, or your unique breed. Here are a few of the other dogs who made the 138th Westminster Dog Show worth watching: