Westminster Dog Retires to Breed. Why Can't Bitches Have It All?

Miss P is a four-year-old beagle from British Colombia—a fully grown adult, by dog standards. On Tuesday, she won the top honor in her field, the Westminster Dog Award for Best in Show. A legacy attendee—her granduncle, Uno, won the prize in 2005—Miss P was considered an outlier nonetheless, and statistically speaking… » 2/18/15 3:15pm 2/18/15 3:15pm

Vogue Coverage of the Westminster Dog Show Is Literally the Holy Grail

The whole of Vogue's 123-year history has been leading up to this, a behind-the-scenes video feature on the "backstage beauty" of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. If I had my druthers, absolutely everything produced by Vogue would be just like this. Same tone, analogous subject matter, similar number of dogs… » 2/17/15 3:50pm 2/17/15 3:50pm

Patty Hearst's Fancy Dog Wins Westminster Kennel Club Best of Breed

It's that special time of year when you squint at your TV, rewind to make sure you heard right, and go, "Patty Hearst is into dog shows now?" The heiress to the Hearst newspaper fortune, who served 22 months in prison after being kidnapped by and then joining the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974, is back in the news… » 2/17/15 2:45pm 2/17/15 2:45pm

The American Kennel Club's Breeding Standards Might Be Killing Dogs

Guys, we might be contributing to canine unhealthiness with our love of designer pooches. As different breeds like the Pekingese or bulldog are bred to fit certain standards put forth by the American Kennel Club, including a shortened snout and an enlarged head, the pups might be cute, but they can't breathe. » 5/05/14 5:20pm 5/05/14 5:20pm

Dirty Mudbloods Allowed to Mingle with Purebred Dogs at Westminster

The Westminster Dog Show, a 138-year-old institution dedicated to preserving the once functional deformities produced by humanity's ancient breeding experiments with gray wolves, broke tradition last night and let, for the first time in a century, mixed breed dogs compete next to their purebred counterparts. The… » 2/09/14 12:30pm 2/09/14 12:30pm

Martha Stewart's Dog Has a Higher Standard of Living Than Most Human Children

Like many convicted felons, Martha Stewart has a big guard-type dog that she takes everywhere with her. Unlike many felons' dogs, Martha's canine familiar is a Chow Chow named Genghis Khan, and on Monday, he won Best in Breed at Westminster. So what's Genghis Khan-Stewart's life like when he's not winning awards?… » 2/15/12 4:10pm 2/15/12 4:10pm

Elegant Updos and Classy Coats at the Westminster Dog Show

Last night the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show kicked off in New York. The show was first held in 1877, making it the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the U.S., second only to the Kentucky Derby. But like any high-profile event, we're mostly interested in how they looked. Let's take a… » 2/14/12 6:00pm 2/14/12 6:00pm

Westminster Dog Show Officials Think Sad, Mongrel Dogs Are a Total Bummer

You're looking at the Westminster Kennel Club ideal — a purebred canine pampered enough to have developed a well-honed sense of class superiority based on its own hopelessly inbred genealogy. At least, that's the metric by which Westminster officials measure canine greatness and if you plan on tuning into tomorrow's… » 2/12/12 12:00pm 2/12/12 12:00pm

Martha Stewart Speaks Best In Show Beagle's Language

Of the many reasons why I love Martha Stewart, her obsessive and fanatic love of animals is surely near the top of the list. Today she had on Uno, the adorable, 3-year old beagle who won Best In Show last night at the Westminster Dog Show. [I was at a bar watching this 'lil guy "collect" his trophy, and let me tell… » 2/13/08 4:20pm 2/13/08 4:20pm