2012 Westminster Dog Show

February 15, 2012 by staff 

2012 Westminster Dog Show, Preamble: Malachy the Pekingese is just like Mitt Romney-only better groomed. He’s the presumptive favorite to win the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show tonight, but this is why we hold competitions. Because you just never know.

During the opening night of Westminster, Malachy (who has 114 Best in Show ribbons but has never won here) was named best in the Toy group, the most competitive category at Westminster, and the sports book at Wynn Las Vegas likes his odds this evening.

Other group winners from last night include the German shepherd Captain Crunch in the Herding group; Cinders, a Wire-Haired Dachshund, in the Hound group; and Spotlights Ruffian, a lovely Dalmatian, in Non-Sporting. (And for those who like rooting underdogs, no Dachshund or Dalmatian has ever been named Best in Show at Westminster.)

But there are more contenders to come tonight, including dogs from the Sporting, Working and Terrier groups. And it’s all leading up to Best in Show at the end of the evening, when judge Cindy Vogels will determine who will be America’s Dog for 2012.

So pull up your pet and let’s watch all the action…

Very Hot Dogs: For those who fear Westminster withdrawal symptoms after tonight’s competition, may I recommend Josh Dean’s superb new book, Show Dog, which goes inside the world of competitive purebreds. You can read an excerpt about the WKC show here, but for those who like their dog stories on the kinkier side, Dean has a hilarious piece on Deadspin that reveals more about the sex life of champion show dogs than you might have wanted to know. Think of it as a shagging dog story.

The Other Top Dog: While the four sporting groups were competing at Madison Square Garden last night, another canine contest was taking place in Los Angeles-the inaugural Golden Collar Awards, presented to the dogs who gave the best performances on the small and big screens.

In the spirit of the big winner’s movie, I’ll remain silent about who won in the film category-but his name rhymes with “Uggie.”

The Sporting Group: And they’re letting the dogs out….

Brittany: First up tonight is a brown-and-white Brittany named Cam, who hails from Arkansas. he’s got a great smile.

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