Westminster Dog Show 2013: What to Watch For in This Year's Event

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2013

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 09: A handler talks to his Bichons Frises during the 133rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden February 9, 2009 in New York City. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is considered the most important in the United States.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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The Westminster Dog Show will be putting on its 137th display soon enough, with many exciting additions in store.

The show will not stray from its usual two-day format, but there will be more dogs and more ways to watch the competition. 2013 is a great time to be a dog lover.

Will a Pekingese repeat for Best in Show? Will a new breed make an impression? There are so many interesting storylines to follow here.

Scroll down for a viewing guide for this edition of the prominent dog show.


A Dog Democracy

The entry pool has increased its admissions this year by finally allowing dogs that are not champions a chance to participate. The Westminster Kennel Club has capped its potential entries around 3,200 per the WKC official website.

This will be the first time that champion dogs will not be the only ones taking the stage since 1991.

Also there have been judging reforms that will be implemented this year. Evaluating in the breeds will take place during the day, while group judging will be done at Madison Square Garden.


An Introduction to Two New Breeds

The dog-show community has invited two new breeds to take part in this year’s competition.

The Treeing Walker Coonhound and Russell Terrier will grace the Westminster Club stage for the first time, rounding out the 187 breeds in the show. Preview the two new competing breeds here.

The new blood brings an alternative excitement to the show from the usual proceedings. That will be a fun storyline to follow as the competition unfolds.


WKC Online and Mobile

The Westminster Kennel Club has entered the technology realm. You will now be able to stream the show live from your computer, per the WKC site.

If you’re suck with your smartphone, Westminster Kennel Club has rolled out an app that will provide all of the judging results and streaming video from all 12 rings. Details on how to download the app can be found here.


Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow his sports musings and random life observations on Twitter.