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As immaculately groomed as these dogs are, they will be judged, not for their looks, but for their ability to jump through hoops, navigate tunnels and weave through poles. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
Jumping through hoops
Twister, a samoyed, leaps through a hoop while competing in the agility course. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
Hotdog
True “hot dogs” Liesel, left, a smooth dachsund, and Suessi, a long-haired dachsund, draw squeals of delight from passerby. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
In flight
Maggie, a dachsund, leaps over a jump on the obedience course. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
Champions
Former Olympic diver Greg Louganis leads his Parson Russell terrier, Nipper, through the agility course. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
Storm Troopers
Bichons frises compete in the Best of Breed. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
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