NYC. 2 Nights, One Best in Show. 136 Years of Westminster Dog Show

Televised since 1948, this year marks the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show honor. Tonight at New York’s Madison Square Gardens over 2,000 dogs get narrowed down into group winners, which make up the ingredients for America’s Dog Show. Established in 1877, The Westminster Kennel Club is America’s oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. It is the second longest continuously held sporting event in this country only second to the Kentucky Derby.

What makes this dog show interesting is it is America’s first and only “Champions Only” dog show, with entries limited to 2,000 dogs only the top in each breed get to compete. Seven groups of dogs: Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, Herding, Sporting, Working and the Terrier and the breeds that make up those groups get narrowed down to one winner.

This evening will conclude the groups and tomorrow evening “Best in Show” judging will take place Tuesday Feb 14th. 2012 8-11 p.m (ET) live on the USA Network.