The 2014 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is coming to New York City this week.
The 138th annual competition begins on Monday, Feb. 10, and continues through Tuesday, Feb. 11. The show will feature 2,845 dogs and 190 breeds, the Associated Press reports.
The “Best In Group” judging is divided between Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, judges will determine the winner for the hound, toy, nonsport and herding groups. Tuesday’s broadcast will reveal the “Best In Group” for the sporting, working and terrier categories.
The live inspections of the dogs will take place on both Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., while evening sessions are planned for 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Westminster Dog Show fans can also tune in to a live broadcast of the event’s winners. Monday’s coverage will air on CNBC from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and will reveal the winners of the hound, toy, non-sporting and herding groups.
But viewers will have to wait until Tuesday night to see the event’s main attraction: the winner of “Best In Show.” Tuesday night’s prime-time broadcast will air on the USA Network from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., and will feature the winners of the Junior Showmanship, sporting, working and terrier groups, as well as “Best In Show.”
While thousands of dogs are competing for the title of the 2014 Westminster Dog Show’s “Best In Show,” a few contenders have emerged as favorites. Sky the wire fox terrier, Swagger the old English sheepdog, Riley the Irish water spaniel, Matisse the Portuguese water dog, and Fifinator the Doberman are all considered to have a good chance of earning the top spot, the Associated Press reports.
Judge Betty Regina Leininger will determine the winner of the “Best In Show” category, according to the event’s official website. She’s expected to announce her decision just before 11 p.m. on Tuesday night.
This year’s event will also feature the debut of three breeds that have never before been featured in the Westminster Dog Show. The Rat Terrier, Chinook and the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno are all expected to make an appearance.