The Super Bowl of the canine world gets underway Monday when the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show takes center stage in New York City.
The historic event will air on FS1 from 8 to 11 p.m. ET on Monday and Tuesday. The New York event will give viewers a chance to observe highly trained and beautifully coiffed canines, as their owners put their charges through their paces.
This the 142nd Westminster Dog Show, which means it has been around a lot longer than the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Championship, the Stanley Cup and the Triple Crown thoroughbred races.
The top honor the Westminster Kennel Club offers is the Best in Show award. That prize will be handed out at the end of competition Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. The dogs will compete for titles among their groups, including herding, hound, working, sporting, non-sporting, toy and terrier.
There are hundreds of breeds that will participate in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
The show will see 2,882 dogs from 50 states and the nation's capital take part in this year's competition. Golden retrievers, French bulldogs and Labrador retrievers are the most-entered breeds in the event.
Rumor Has It, a German Shepherd, won the 2017 competition.
Terriers have won the Best in Show honors 46 times, and that's the most in the event's history. Sporting dogs have won 19 times, while dogs from the Working group have won 15 times, per The Sporting News. It seems likely a terrier will step forward and claim the Best in Show in 2018.
TY, a giant schnauzer, Preston, a puli, and Striker, a cocker spaniel, finished as the top three rated dogs in 2017 and will have an excellent chance to win the competition. Here's a look at the Dog News magazine top-20 rated dogs in 2017, per the Westminster website.