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Westminster Dog Show: Pekingese wins ‘Best in Show.’ Eh?

Malachy, a Pekingese, won Best in Show at Westminster. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Pekingese wins Best in Show at Westminster

Malachy, a Pekingese, won Best in Show at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday night,  at Madison Square Garden in New York.

My wife and I watched part of the show on television, but we ran out of gas before it was time for Best in Show. I was rooting for the Doberman, a VERY classy dog, but never in a million years did I figure I would wake up this morning to find that a little ball of over-combed fluffy dog hair with two eyes and a fat tongue had won first prize in the “Super Bowl” of dog shows.

What about the Doberman, the Irish setter, Dachshunds, whippet, Norwegian elkhound, dalmatian, shepherds, sheepdog, pointers, boxer … and all the other hounds, toys, non-sporting, herding, and working dogs and terriers? You know, dogs that look like dogs?

Yeah, I know. That’s the way with any contest I guess. Somebody’s got to win. But a little ball of dog hair?

What do you think? /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
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Slide show of this year’s Westminster Kennel Club’s 136th Dog Show

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Slide Show: Westminster Kennel Club’s 136th Dog Show

Here a special treat. A Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and Dog Fashion slide show of this year’s 136th event!

Enjoy! These are cool! /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
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Cow Palace: Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show this weekend


1,200 Dogs … 136 Breeds … Benching … Flyball Demos … All-Breed Fashion Show


The 109th and 110th annual Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show, featuring nearly 1,200 dogs and over 135 breeds, is set for the Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City, Saturday and Sunday, (Jan. 28-29), 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day.

Wondering what’s new this year? Among breeds shown for the first time at the Cow Palace will be the Irish Red and White Setter, the Swedish Vallhund and the Cane Corso. From Affenpinschers to Portuguese Podengo Pequenos to Vizslas and Xoloitzcuintli, this show is your best opportunity to meet other dog owners and the perfect place to pick your next “best friend.”

“Best In Show” will be selected and cash prizes awarded daily. Numerous special events include daily fly ball competitions, the always popular all-breed fashion show hosted by media personality Greg Behrendt on Saturday, Junior Showmanship, Best Puppy, and breed rescue information.

The Golden Gate Kennel Club ranks as one of the most prestigious shows in the nation, having received the 100 Year-Plus award from the American Kennel Club. It is the oldest major event in Northern California and has long been acknowledged as “the Bay Area family show” for dog lovers of all ages.

Adult Admission is $12; $10 seniors; $7 children (age 2-12); Family Four Pack (2 adults/2 children) is $30/day. Parking is $12/day. No personal pets allowed. Lots more details at

As it says above, attending this great show gives you and your family an excellent opportunity to chat with other dog owners. It’s also the perfect place for you to go so you can check all the different dog breeds out and see what you think might be the best pet for your own family. Check it out and have fun! /Gary

Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2012
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TLC enters the world of dog show competitions at 8 p.m., July 21

Photo by Flickr user heatherbuckley used under a Creative Commons License.


Like to watch TV? Interested in dogs? Always wondered about dog shows and the people who enter them? You might want to check out the following new program on the TLC Channel. Looks interesting. /Gary

“Super Pooches” Premieres on July 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

On Wednesday, July 21, TLC invites viewers to explore the fast paced, quirky, and often times stressful world of show competitions with the new special, “Super Pooches,” premiering at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
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Posted on Monday, July 12th, 2010
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Hey Dog Lovers: 3 new AKC dog breeds to debut at National Dog Show

Irish Red and White Setter. Photo by Jim Dillon, AKC

Three new American Kennel Club-recognized breeds will make their national TV and major competition debuts at The National Dog Show Presented by Purina next month.

The Isish Red and White Setter, Norwegian Buhund and Pyrenean Shepherd will be among more than 150 dog breeds competing for Best in Breed, Group Winner and Best in Show honors at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks/Valley Forge. These breeds will be introduced to the American television audience during the Thanksgiving Day broadcast of the National Dog Show, a 2-hour, family entertainment special airing nationally on NBC immediately following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
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133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is tonight & Tuesday

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The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is one of the biggest and most popular dog shows in the world.

Since 1948, the spectacular show has been a television staple, attracting millions of viewers to America’s second oldest sporting event the first week of every February on live television from New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
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Posted on Monday, February 9th, 2009
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British Kennel Club: Breeding shakeup angers purebred dog breeders


From The Times (London), Jan. 14, 2009, by Valerie Elliott, Consumer Editor:
“The classic British bulldog, a symbol of defiance and pugnacity, is to disappear. A shake-up of breeding standards by the (British) Kennel Club has signaled the end of the dog’s Churchillian jowl. Instead, the dog will have a shrunken face, a sunken nose, longer legs and a leaner body.

“The change has angered the British Bulldog Breed Council and it is threatening legal action against the club. Robin Searle, the chairman, said: ‘What you’ll get is a completely different dog, not a British bulldog.’”
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Posted on Thursday, January 29th, 2009
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Guess what is the most popular dog in America?

Labrador retriever puppies. AKC photo.
Lab puppies

For the 18th consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular purebred dog in America, according to 2008 registration statistics released today by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
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Posted on Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
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RSPCA quits Crufts (world’s top dog show) over “deformed” pedigree dogs

RSPCA quits Crufts over controversy surrounding “deformed” pedigree dogs

“The RSPCA cut its links with Crufts yesterday as a leading charity warned the organizers of the dog show that they must act to prevent the breeding of ‘deformed and disabled’ animals.

“The BBC, which has broadcast the show for 40 years, is also thought to be on the verge of deciding whether to continue its coverage.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
Under: Dog Show, dogs, Pedigree dogs | 3 Comments »

Qlympics of dog shows — Westminster, Feb. 11-12

The 132nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be held Feb. 11-12 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Individual breed judging takes place between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Group and Best in Show competition will be televised live on Monday, Feb. 11 on USA Network from 8-9 p.m., continuing on CNBC from 9-11 p.m. … and live on USA Network from 8-11 p.m., Feb. 12.

Four local dogs will be competing from the San Francisco Bay Area:
** Border collie from San Mateo. Owners are Mary Ann Waldo and Lisa Waldo.
** Polish lowland sheepdog from Brentwood. Owners are Tony and Barbara Ross.
** Siberian husky from El Cerrito. Owner is Donna Beckman.
** Standard schnauzer from Livermore. Owners are Robert and Lois Ann Bedford.

Be sure and watch for them!

Four newly recognized breeds will make also their debuts on the sport’s biggest stage:
The Swedish Vallhund, Beauceron, Tibetan mastiff and Plott will be among the 169 breeds and varieties competing in America’s first and only “Champions Only” dog show. The Vallhund and the Beauceron compete in the Herding Group, while the Tibetan mastiff is part of the Working Group, and the Plott is in the Hound Group.

The Vallhund, a sturdily built Spitz-type breed known since the time of the Vikings, has been kept for centuries as a farm dog and used for herding cattle and sheep. It is an energetic breed known as a “big dog in a small body.” The Beauceron is an old, distinct breed closely related to the long-haired Briard. Beaucerons served bravely in both World Wars as messenger and mine-detection dogs and experienced a serge of popularity after World War II.

The Tibetan Mastiff is a large, powerful, noble and impressive dog that has been used primarily as a family and property guardian for centuries. The Plott is a hunting hound. It is intelligent, alert and confident and is noted for stamina, endurance, agility, determination and aggressiveness, combining courage with athletic ability.

You can find out more about this huge dog show at

Have fun watching. I sure will, along with my cats, Tut and Newman. I’ll be cheering and I’m sure the cats will be booing. /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
Under: Dog Show, dogs, Westminster | 2 Comments »