What’s Worth Watching: The Westminster Dog Show
The 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (Tuesday, Feb. 17, 8/7c, USA Network)
Good breeding matters at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, a delightful annual event during which Madison Square Garden is magically overrun by furry four-legged marvels. For the 26th year, breeder/judge/canine enthusiast David Frei hosts the proceedings, joined by sports analyst Mary Carillo and reporter Kelli Stavast. They’ll help explain the significance of two breeds making their debut this year: the Coton de Tulear (in the Non-Sporting Group, which competed Monday on CNBC) and the Wirehaired Vizsla (in the Sporting Group, which competes in tonight’s grand finale). In all, 2,711 dogs and 88 Junior Showmanship competitors entered this season, representing 48 states and 15 countries. Top dogs (by number entered) include Golden Retrievers (with 58), Labradors (56), Australian Shepherds (43), and French Bulldogs (41). When the last pooch has gone through its paces and withstood inspection, one lucky animal will be named Best in Show. Gentlemen (and ladies), flex your leashes!