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Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show coverage to begin on two channels

February 13, 2012 |  1:12 pm

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

The Grammys get one night, so do the Oscars, but the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be broadcast on two nights on two channels, making sure dog lovers everywhere get maximum furry fulfillment.

The canine celebration begins at 8 p.m. Monday on USA, from Madison Square Garden, but it will last only an hour. (The pretty dogs serve as a lead-in to WWE's "Monday Night Raw," making for quite a jarring audience change-up.) Those who want more in-depth coverage can switch to CNBC at 9 p.m. for two more hours. Monday's coverage will include the hound, toy, herding and non-sporting groups.

The coverage will resume on USA at 8 p.m. Tuesday for three hours and will cover sporting, working and terrier groups, as well as best in show.

Among the estimated 2,500 dogs in this year's show are six breeds never before included as part of the country's most prestigious dog event. According to the Associated Press, the new breeds are the Mexican hairless xoloitzcuintli, the Entlebucher mountain dog, the Norwegian lundehund, the American English coonhound, the Finnish lapphund and the Cesky terrier.

 Fans of Martha Stewart in particular may want to tune in tonight as [SPOILER ALERT] the TV host's chow chow, Genghis Khan won best in breed on the show's first day.

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— Patrick Kevin Day

Photo: Nikkie Kinzigner performs a trick with Tibetan terrier Reese backstage at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Photo credit: Michael Nagle / Getty Images,

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