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Westminster Dog Show 2011: 2,500 Dogs Vie for “Best in Show” (VIDEO)

Canine-lovers are woofing on the opening day of the 135th Westminster Kennel Dog Show at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Twenty-five-hundred pups are competing in breed-specific categories such as hound, non-sporting, and herding. Six new breeds will make their debut, including the Icelandic sheepdog, the Bluetick coonhound, and the

Boykin spaniel

—all sharing the spotlight with typical crowd-pleasers like terriers, retrievers, and labs. In 2000, Westminister was parodied in the mockumentary

Best in Show


Christopher Guest

and Eugene Levy. The show is America’s longest-running purebred dog competition, and the second longest continuously running sporting event in the United States, behind the

Kentucky Derby