The 2013 Westminster Dog Show concludes Tuesday at 8 p.m., ET, on USA Network. If you cannot get to a television, you can also watch a live stream online for free here, but please, click on that link at your own risk.
Monday's proceedings featured the champions in the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding groups, per SB Nation.
An American foxhound named Pandora' Box won the first category and will advance to compete for Best in Show. Meanwhile, a bichon frise called Pillowtalk won the Non-Sporting group, and Swagger, an Old English sheep dog, won the Herding group. This was apparently a major upset, as Old English Sheep Dogs typically do not do well at Westminster.
However, an affenpinscher named Banana Joe must be considered one of the early favorites for Best in Show. Banana Joe won best in his breed for the third straight year, per the Associated Press, and has already been named the top dog in the Toy group.
Another potential favorite is Doberman Pinscher Veni Vidi Vici, according to Business Insider. The dog, also known as Fifi, will compete in the Working group on Tuesday and was given 7-to-1 odds to take the title, according to Vegas bookmaker Johnny Aiello. The Doberman finished tops in its group last year and was among the final contenders for Best In Show.
Tonight's show will feature judging of the Sporting, Working and Terrier groups before the ultimate winner is crowned. There are 30 different breeds in the Sporting and Terrier groups, according to the Westminster Kennel's website, along with 28 in the Working group. Thus the dogs tonight will face a great deal of competition before they even get considered for the Best in Show title.
At least one celebrity will be in attendance on Tuesday as well. The Associated Press notes that one of the Labrador retrievers competing on Tuesday is owned by New York Yankees president Randy Levine. Levine's 5-year-old dog Mitch is making his debut at the dog show, where he will have to compete with 54 other Labs. Labrador retrievers are the second-most popular breed at this year's dog show, with golden retrievers leading the way with 61.
According to Bleacher Report, over 2,700 dogs will compete in this year's show.
Last year's Best In Show was a Pekingese named Malachy. That pooch's grandson was entered in this year's show.
Those wanting to get an early jump at the proceedings can watch the daytime judging live for free here on the Westminster website.