In this Feb. 11, 2013 file photo, Swagger, an Old English Sheep Dog, is posed for photographs after winning the herding group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Swagger is a contender for the best in show during the 138th Westminster Kennel Club dog show. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
The Westminster Dog Show 2014 begins today, February 10, and runs through tomorrow night.
The competition is airing on Monday night on CNBC from 8 p.m. through 11 p.m. ET.
On Tuesday, it will be on USA Network from 8 p.m. through 11 p.m.
A live stream is available here.
5 Things to Know About The Westminster Dog Show
Barks, blow dryers and black Russian terriers will abound at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, America’s most prominent pooch pageant. Judging begins Monday morning and the winner will be picked Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Things you’ll see (and not see) this week:
1. TALE OF THE TAPE: 2,845 dogs are entered in 190 breeds and varieties, coming from all 50 states and from as far away as Australia, Japan and Brazil. There are Swedish vallhunds, Chinese shar-peis and spinoni Italiani. Do they understand different languages? Well, the handler of reigning champion Banana Joe the affenpinscher says he responds to German, Dutch, Spanish and English.
2. UNLUCKY DAWGS: In the park or backyard, Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers and Dalmatians and Dachshunds and Chihuahuas are pretty popular. But at Westminster, they’re all in the doghouse. They’ve never won, not once. Why no love? Many of them are considered “honest dogs,” meaning they don’t rely on a fancy cut to impress. Rather, neatly trimmed terriers and preening poodles often take the top honor.