Westminster Dog Show

These six contenders are the ones to watch. Plus: a puppy slideshow!

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  • ROLEX - Breed: Dogue de Bordeaux; Owners: Steve and Chelsea Conway

  • LILLY - Breed: English Setter; Owners: Brenda Fischer, Chris Kopstein and the...

  • CODA - Breed: Harrier; Owners: Dr. and Mrs. William Truesdale and Susan Stacy...

  • DARIN - Breed: Brittany; Owner: Shirley Chilcote

  • PAPARAZZI - Breed: Weimaraner; Owners: Lynn and Chris Howard

  • TASER - Breed: Affenpinscher; Owners: Patty and Phil Smith

  • JAZZ - Breed: Beagle; Owners: Dennis Dollar, Betsy Manifold and Shawn Roblee

  • MOONIE - Breed: Bloodhound; Owners: Judy Walker, Michele McKinney and Janet Kano

  • WILLIE - Breed: Bloodhound; Owners: Leslie Griffith and Jeff Hahn

ROLEX - Breed: Dogue de Bordeaux; Owners: Steve and Chelsea Conway


1 Yes When we think of dog shows, we think of poodles, and Yes is one of the best. Highly ranked on the AKC list, the six-year-old standard poodle has racked up more than 60 Best in Shows to date. Yes she can! Yes she can!

  


2 Charmin Named after the toilet paper, this Sealyham terrier is a fiercer competitor than his fluffball exterior might suggest: His enviable rsum includes a Best in Show at the 2008 World Dog Show. (By our calculations, wouldn’t that make him the greatest dog in the world?)

  


3 Spirit This giant schnauzer is top dog—literally. She was ranked No. 1 on the AKC all-breed list in 2008. “She goes in the ring, and knows to be pretty and everything,” says breeder Maryann Bisceglia. “But she’s really a silly dog.”


4 Lincoln This Brussels griffon has 66 Best in Shows under his collar, but it hasn’t gone to his head. “He’s really a calm dog,” says co-owner Anne Jahelka. “We’re proud of him when he goes to these events, but we’re just as proud when he comes home.”

  


5 Coda This four-year-old harrier rules the hounds: He ranked No. 8 on the American Kennel Club’s all-breed list for 2008, and he’s tops for his breed. “Anything can happen at Westminster,” says Coda’s breeder, Susan Lowder. “We take the day as it comes!”

  


6 Rolex This is this Dogue de Bordeaux’s first time at Westminster, but don’t count him out: He won the Best of Breed title at the 2008 AKC/Eukanuba championship. Says co-owner Chelsea Conway, “He is as loving as he is big, and he’s a total mama’s boy!”

The Westminster dogs, when they were young:

DOG AND PO-PO SHOW! The K-9s of the NYPD will make an appearance at the WTC Visitor Center (120 Liberty St at the World Trade Center site, 866-737-1184) on Sun 8 from 2 to 4pm. Watch demos, meet the pups and hear September 11 rescue stories. The event is free but reservations are required; e-mail rsvp@tributewtc.org to sign up.

DO IT DOGGY-STYLE! The 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show: Madison Square Garden, Seventh Ave at 32nd St (212-307-7171, westminsterkennelclub.com). Mon 9, Tue 10 8am--11pm, $20--$145. The show will also be broadcast on USA Network Mon 9 and Tue 10 at 8am.

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