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Westminster: the dog-eat-dog world of “conformation,” a.k.a. dog shows




A Scottish Deerhound named Foxcliffe Hickory Wind poses with her handler Angela Lloyd and show judge Paolo Dondina (L) after winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 15, 2011 in New York City.
A Scottish Deerhound named Foxcliffe Hickory Wind poses with her handler Angela Lloyd and show judge Paolo Dondina (L) after winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 15, 2011 in New York City.
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Oh, the hair, the walk, the puppy paparazzi – what does it take for a dog to succeed in show business, by which we mean “dog show” business? Lots of training, love, support, and money – plus breeding, of course. Even a dog with great talent won’t succeed without the right set of looks, grooming, and perfect points for the breed. Journalist Josh Dean joins Patt to preview the Westminster Dog Show and talk ‘conformation,’ the official name for dog showing.

WEIGH IN:

Do you think of dog shows as the canine version of “Toddlers and Tiaras”? Do you show your dog? Do you watch dog shows, like more than ten million other people did on Thanksgiving Day? Do you believe that “Best In Show” was a parody, or a documentary?

Guest:

Josh Dean, author, “Show Dog: The charmed life and trying times of a near-perfect purebred,” for which he spent a year alongside rising start Jack, a champion Australian shepherd