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Albany-- It's good to be top dog, at the Westminster Dog Show. Tuesday night, Carly, a German short hair pointer, won "Best in Show" in the 129th Westminster Dog Show.

The two day competition brings dogs of all sizes, shapes, and breeds to Madison Square Gardens in New York.

Billy Hodges, owner of The Kennel Club pet spa in Albany, has shown dogs since he was a child. His dogs have even competed against some of Westminster's best.

He explains what the judges are looking for in the perfect pooch. "The judges are looking for overall structure of the dog, proper bone alignment, straightness in the front end, and proper head structure," Hodges said. "Each dog is judged towards its standard not ever other dog."

Other characteristics of a champion dog, a wagging tail, good eye contact, a playful spirit, and good temperament.

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