Westminster Dog Show premieres tonight!

It’s awards season and no one will be left out including the dogs as the Westminster Dog Show gets going February 14! Today and tomorrow, the pooches get into the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show ring to compete for top dog — or should we say, Best in Breed, Best of Group and Best in Show. The Westminster Dog Show airs on the USA Network.

America likes to talk ball games, but the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a 133-year-old competition, which means it pre-dates the invention of basketball and the establishment of the World Series — not to mention light bulbs, the automobile, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Washington Monument!

2010 Westminster Dog Show champion

Westminster Dog Show regulars may be interested to learn there will be new breeds sauntering around the ring and holding court on their benches during the February 2011 competition, including the Boykin Spaniel (Sporting Group), Bluetick Coonhound (Hound Group), Redbone Coonhound (Hound Group), Cane Corso (Working Group), Leonberger (Working Group) and Icelandic Sheepdog (Herding Group).

The competition runs Monday and Tuesday, February 14-15, 2011 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding group competition will be televised live Monday on USA from 8 to 9 p.m. ET and continue on CNBC from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Sporting, Working, Terrier and Best in Show competition will be televised live Tuesday on the USA Network from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Dog lovers on the West Coast may want to avoid the Westminster Kennel Club website after 5 p.m. PST Monday and Tuesday, when results (aka spoilers!) will be posted.


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