Get ready to watch a lot of dogs on TV

February 14, 2018

Everyone loves the Westminster Dog Show in New York City. (Well, maybe not cat people, but I’ll give them a pass.) It starts tonight up in Manhattan.

And yes, it’s on TV.

My house is overrun by dogs -- three of them, two rescues and one we bought from a litter of Dachshunds. (We also have a cat with a stomach ailment, which is why I’m giving cat people a pass.) That said, I’m always curious about the science behind domesticated dogs and how they came to be.

Luckily, the fine journalists at Reuters have given us this: “Good Dogs.”

It starts this way:

“Dogs have been companions to humans for thousands of years. As the relationship has developed, so have various breeds — in response to both their environment and duties. Herding, hunting and guarding were among the initial types of work, but companionship has been a durable trait in the success of all breeds.”

Hooked, aren’t ya?

My favorite stat is a simple one. There are 89.7 million pet dogs in the United States, some high-class dogs, others just mutts. The color-coded U.S. map that shows which breeds are most popular in certain areas (based on AKC registrations) is cool, too. Enjoy.

Oh, and if a dachshund wins Best in Show this week, I’m throwing a party. Everyone’s invited. It’s BYOD -- bring your own dog, of course.

-- Phillip Tutor

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