The 137th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will crown its winner Tuesday night (Feb. 12) live from Madison Square Garden. Coverage airs from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/PT on USA. Follow along here with our live blog as we watch all the adorable pooches trotting around the ring.
Monday night saw half the dogs strut their stuff. The Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding groups all took a turn, with the American Fox Hound, Affenpinscher, Bichon Frise and Old English Sheepdog earning Best in Group, respectively.
So join us at 8 p.m. ET/PT to watch the Sporting, Working and Terrier groups, then find out who wins Best in Show. All times Eastern.
8:00 — The Harlem Gospel Choir sings the National Anthem. We always forget the dog show has a Star-Spangled Banner performance before it starts. One of the altos is either too close to the mic or singing way too loud.
8:03 — The Sporting group takes the stage. This is a beautiful group. It’d be fun if they had to retrieve a duck carcass or jump off a dock during their group.
8:06 — Michael Scott shows the Pointer. Not to be confused with this Michael Scott, though we would love to see him show dogs.
8:08 — The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has such a beautiful coat, it looks so soft and plush.
8:10 — The Curly-Coated Retriever is “wickedly” smart? We aren’t sure we want a dog described as “wickedly” smart. Sounds like a dog that would steal your car.
8:11 — The Golden Retriever has never won Best in Show. Will it be this one? Cody sure is a beauty.
8:12 — Interesting to see the Best in Breed for the Labrador is a yellow Lab. We feel like most years, we see a black or chocolate Lab.
8:14 — We’re sure English Setters (right) are wonderful, but we’re not a fan of their coats. The spotting makes it look like it has a disease. Irish Setters, on the other hand, are gorgeous. Love that red coat.
8:18 — They’ve mentioned state dogs of Maryland and Wisconsin. We wonder how many states have official dogs …
8:20 — Looks like 11 states have official state dogs.
8:23 — Cocker Spaniels have such beautiful fluffy coats. Love the buff-colored ASCOB. Parti-Colors should be called “Party Colored” Cocker Spaniels. Heh.
8:29 — The Irish Water Spaniel is such a pretty puffball. Like a more casual Standard Poodle.
8:31 — The poor Sussex Spaniel is running just as fast as his stumpy little legs can carry him, hahaha. That’s one of the best parts about the Toy Group — watching the tiny dogs run.
8:37 — The judge pulls out the Pointer, the German Wirehaired Pointer, the Golden Retriever, the English Setter, the Clumber Spaniel, the Black Cocker Spaniel and the Springer Spaniel.
8:39 — The top four go German Wirehaired Pointer (pictured, left), Black Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel and the Clumber Spaniel, so the German Wirehaired heads to Best in Show.
8:43 — To catch you up, the ones heading to Best in Show so far are American Foxhound Jewel, Affenpinscher Banana Joe, Honor the Bichon Frise, Swagger the Old English Sheepdog and Oakley the German Wirehaired Pointer.
8:48 — That Best in Snow montage was cute. Do your dogs like to play in the snow? Our two yellow Labs love to romp around in the snow.
8:53 — The Working Group is another beautiful collection of dogs. They’re so big and strong, but they also look so friendly. Great faces on these dogs.
8:55 — The Akita is a beautiful dog, what a gorgeous coat.
8:56 — Once I was walking a Malamute and someone asked me what kind of dog it was and I couldn’t spit out the word. I went, “It’s a Malomar. No. It’s a … Marmoset. Ma … ma … ma … Malamute!”
8:58 — Interesting that the Black Russian Terrier is in the Working Group, as opposed to the Terrier Group. Is there a small size requirement for the Terriers?
9:01 — Love that giant yellow Mastiff just lolling around on the carpet in the background while he waits for his turn. That’s the life.
9:03 — We were not aware Vegas laid odds on Westminster. But we guess you can bet on anything nowadays. Do you think the Doberman (right) will take it?
9:06 — Husband and wife dog handlers, that’s awesome.
9:07 — Man, those really big dogs, like the Great Dane, are intimidating. They look like you could saddle up and ride them.
9:09 — The Great Pyrenees was used as a smuggler? Scandalous. We wonder how that worked, exactly.
9:12 — The corded dogs, like the Komondor and Puli, are crazy. Isn’t it funny how different all these types of dogs can be? It’s really remarkable.
9:15 — 5000 Mastiffs as part of your army? That’s insane. Those poor dogs.
9:18 — The Portuguese Water Dog is a cute fluffball, though we hate the way it’s groomed like a poodle. Also, President Obama is not watching, he’s a little busy.
9:24 — I just really want to cuddle the Tibetan Mastiff. What a beautiful, fluffy bear of a dog.
9:27 — The judging begins. Pulled out are the Boxer, the Doberman, the Giant Schaunzer, the Kuvasz, the Portuguese Water Dog, the Rottweiler and the Samoyed.
9:29 — The top four go Portuguese Water Dog, Doberman, Boxer and Rottweiler. And the Portuguese Water Dog heads to Best in Show (one is pictured at left).
9:39 — Time for the Terriers. These little guys are almost as fun to watch run as the Toy Group. Little dogs are hilarious.
9:43 — The American Staffordshire Terriers look like they should be in a different group, they’re so big. They kind of look like a Working dog.
9:45 — The fluffy, sloped-face dogs like the Bedlington Terrier are so
funny looking with that giant wedge of fur on their heads. Ooooh, stretch! Cute.
9:47 — Speaking of those sloped faces, the Bull Terriers have those too. Such a weird look, but still totally adorable.
9:49 — Oooh, that little fella went after somebody’s dropped treat. And then he got it on the way back to his slot! So cute.
9:51 — The Dandie Dinmont Terrier definitely has the second-best name of the competition (behind the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, say it with a French accent, it’s fun). Also the Dandie has some fantastic hair going on (right).
9:55 — The Glen of Imaal Terrier has a ridiculously cute face and we love the way it runs.
10:03 — The Norfolk Terrier is an adorable runner. Pump those tiny little legs! His cousin, the Norwich Terrier, has an adorable foxy face. We prefer Norwiches to Norfolks.
10:07 — You want a dog that openly feels superior to its owner? Get a cat. Haha.
10:11 — West Highland White Terriers may be my favorite of the entire Terrier Group. What a beautiful, adorable, smiley dog.
10:15 — Judging time. The judge pulls out the Border, the Smooth Fox, the Wire Fox, the Lakeland, the Russell, the Scottish, the Welsh and the West Highland.
10:18 — The top four go the Smooth, the Wire, the Border and the Russell, so the Smooth Fox Terrier rounds out the Best in Show dogs.
10:28 — It turns out the Smooth Fox, Bichon Frise and Old English Sheepdog have won Best in Show before. The other breeds chosen as Best in Group have never won.
10:32 — Time for Best in Show. It’s so dramatic, with the spotlights and everything.
10:39 — The American Fox Hound is gorgeous. Like a giant Beagle.
10:42 — The Old English Sheepdog (left) is a crowd favorite and no wonder — what a super cute dog. You just want to cuddle it.
10:43 — The announcer never calls the Bichon Frise the “Silence of the Lambs” dog, but that’s what it is.
10:46 — The Affenpinscher looks like a furry little monkey.
10:47 — So that’s all the dogs. Which one do you think is going to win? We’re rooting for the Sheepdog. It would only be the second win for the Herding Group ever.
10:51 — Reserve Best in Show goes to Swagger, the Old English Sheepdog.
10:52 — The Best in Show goes to Banana Joe, the Affenpinscher.
Thanks for joining us, dog lovers!