The 134th annual Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) Dog Show begins this morning at Madison Square Garden.
One hundred seventy three breeds will compete for the coveted title, "Best In Show." Two thousand five hundred canines are competing. A four-year-old Scottish Terrier named Sady is a favorite to win.
The winner of the show will be announced on Tuesday night.
Here are some facts about the WKC facts the club's web site:
--The Westminster Kennel Club was established in 1877, making it America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. That makes it older than the light bulb, automobile, Brooklyn Bridge, Washington Monument, basketball and the World Series.
--A total of 296,451 dogs have entered Westminster's 133 shows. Through last year, the show's had 1,662 judges who have officiated at least once, some as many as 22 times.
--Only one time has the offspring of a "Best In Show" winner duplicated the feat. In 2000, the English Springer Spaniel Ch. Salilyn N' Erin's Shameless repeated the 1993 BIS accomplishment of her sire, Ch. Salilyn's Condor.
--Two "Best In Show" winners, both Norwich Terriers, had the same sire: 1994's Ch. Chidley's Willum the Conqueror and 1998's Ch. Fairewood Frolic were offspring (half brother/sister) of Ch. Royal Rock Don of Chidley.
--The Papillon, Ch. Loteki Supernatural Being ("Kirby"), was the only dog to capture "Best In Show" at the World Dog Show (1998 in Helsinki) and "Best In Show" at Westminster (1999).
--In 2009, Ch. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee, a Sussex Spaniel, became the oldest dog to capture "Best In Show" at 10 years, 2 months and 9 days of age in 2009. The youngest winner was the Rough Collie, Laund Loyalty of Bellhaven, who captured the award in 1929 at the age of exactly 9 months.
--Two dogs have won "Best In Show" at both Westminster and Crufts in Birmingham, England, each of them winning at the English show before coming to the America: the Lakeland Terrier, Ch. Stingray of Derryabah (Crufts 1967, WKC 1968) and the Kerry Blue Terrier, Ch. Torums Scarf Michael (Crufts 2000, WKC 2003).