2012 Westminster Dog Show

One of the most prestigious events in the dog world will be a little different this year.

Posted: February 7, 2012, 6 a.m. EST

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Viewers who tune in to the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, set for Feb. 13 and 14 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, can expect more breeds and fewer entries.

The American English Coonhound, Cesky Terrier, Norwegian Lundehund, Xoloitzcuintli, Entlebucher Mountain Dog, and Finnish Lapphund are eligible to make their Westminster debuts in 2012, bringing the number of breeds and varieties eligible for the show to 185.

Although more types of dogs are set to appear, entries will be limited to 2,000 this year, instead of the usual 2,500, due to renovations under way at Madison Square Garden.

If you watch the Best in Show portion of the event, you’ll see head judge Cindy Vogels of Greenwood Village, Colo., select this year’s champion. In partnership with her mother, Vogels has bred more than 100 Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier champions, and she currently serves as the chairman of the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation.

Also new this year is the official pet food sponsor, with Nestlé Purina forming a multiyear partnership with Westminster. “Through our Purina Pro Plan brand dog food, Purina has reached out to the dog fancy as a longtime sponsor of hundreds of conformation dog shows and sporting events each year,’’ says Candy Caciolo, portfolio director of specialty, breeder, and pet acquisition at Purina. “Now, through our Westminster sponsorship, we are able to support those who bring their finest to compete at this top-echelon dog show known worldwide.’’

On Feb. 13, live coverage of the show goes from 8 to 9 p.m. EST on USA Network and 9 to 11 p.m. EST on CNBC. Continued live coverage on USA Network will be on Feb. 14 from 8 to 11 p.m. EST.

Get Westminster coverage all week on DogChannel.com and see pictures and live updates on the DogChannel and DOG FANCY Facebook pages.

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Tim   Philadelphia, PA

2/12/2012 9:51:27 AM

As someone who has been peripherally involved in dog shows, this all so much BS. The best inI show is hardly ever the best in show. Without knowing anything about the individual dogs I could probably pick 3 or 4 of the breeds that will be in the final grouping. it is all so political that it is a joke.

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

2/12/2012 12:47:48 AM

Can't wait to watch it.

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kathy k   sweet home,, OR

2/11/2012 8:20:30 AM

I'm so looking forward to see the terrier group. I have a beautiful airedale and an adorable westie. So which ever of these terriers win best in show I will be one happy terrier mom.

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Kendall   Greensboro, NC

2/10/2012 5:33:16 PM

Will there be anyway to watch online. Even if it is after the show has ended? I don't have regular tv, only what I get online. Perhaps USA will offer the program on their website after the air date? Or Hulu? Looking for a way to watch! This is one of the very few things I miss about having a television in my house, this and soccer.

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