The Westminster Kennel Club and why we love dogs

The World

Today, the 134th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show begins. 173 breeds are competing for Best in Show, including three new breeds. What is it about our canine friends that we humans find so captivating? And have our doggie obsessions gone too far?

We talk with Michael Schaffer, author of “One Nation Under Dog” and dog-owner Julie Klam about their (and our) relationship with Canis lupis familiaris.

In honor of our canine friends everywhere, we are holding own Takeaway Dog Show and even anointing a Best in Show. But your dog doesn’t have to be a purebred or have a particularly elegant gait. It just has to melt our hearts. Take a look and cast your vote!

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