Welcome to the most important time of year... for A-list dogs anyway. That's because we're currently in the middle of the three-day 2015 Westminster Dog Show extravaganza and the Best in Show title has yet to be claimed. But wait. Didn't we just have a Best in Show? Wasn't the National Dog Show on like last month? The image of wagging tails and hanging dog tongues is a very vivid memory. Is the Westminster Dog Show really different than the National Dog Show? While the National Dog Show was on recently (Thanksgiving of 2014 recently), but there are major differences between these two dog shows. They should both be thoroughly enjoyed by all because, well, dogs, but they should not be mistaken for each other. There are all the important differences between the Westminster Dog Show and the National Dog Show.
The Westminster Dog Show Is Basically The Oscars For Dogs
Westminster Is a Three-day Event
This Dog Show kicked off on Sunday with an agility contest and ends Tuesday with winners named in the sporting, working, and terrier groups, along with the coveted Best in Show title.
Location, Location, Location
The National Dog Show takes place in Philadelphia, whereas the Westminster Dog Show is in NYC. And the Empire State Building can be seen with the show's traditional colors of purple and gold during the event.
The Winner is Hard to Predict
The National Dog Show has had back-to-back winners of the same breed, but that hasn't happened at the Westminster show since the early '70s where an English Springer Spaniel was the winning breed two years in a row. Also, there are two new breeds entering the competition this year — the Coton de Tulear and the Wirehaired Vizsla — so this is truly anyone's game.
The Best in Show dog is Guaranteed All Kinds of Fame
Much like winning an Academy Award, scoring the Best in Show title leads to some massively glamorous opportunities. The 2008 winner, a Beagle named Uno, received tons of appearance requests following his victory, he walked the red carpet at Hollywood events, and was even invited to the White House, as reported by People.
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