PHOTO GALLERY: California Journey Wins Top Prize at Westminster Dog Show

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The competition was ruff at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, where perfect canines showed off their pageant, poise and form.

But California Journey, CJ for short, a German shorthaired pointer prevailed as winner of the Best in Show award on Tuesday night. He is a 3-year-old male and the third dog of his breed to take the top prize.

The contest is the second-oldest continuous sporting event in the United States after the Kentucky Derby.

Close to 3,000 dogs from around the country compete in the annual show.

This year — the 140th for the show in New York City — it was an even tougher contest, because the club allowed seven new breeds to compete.

Here are additional winners by category:

Best hound: My Sassy Girl, a female borzoi

Best toy: Don’t Stop Believing, a male shih tzu

Best non-sporting: Southern Bell, a female bulldog

Best herding: Rumor Has It V Kenlyn, a female German shepherd

Best sporting: California Journey, a male German shorthaired pointer

Best working: Run Play It Again Ham, a male Samoyed

Best terrier: Good Time Charlie, a male Skye Terrier