Dog shows started as a side feature of mid-1800s English livestock shows. Today, they have grown into a worldwide passion. More than 7 million television viewers have avidly watched the live finals of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. In the United States alone, there are more than 3,700 dog shows each year with more than one million and a half dogs entered, a number with a tenfold increase since 1960. Dog show fever is even stronger in many countries outside the United States.
Elegantly written, crammed with stunning, often rare, color and black-and-white photos, abounding with undiscovered information and fascinating insider stories, this is the be-all and end-all book about dog shows. It describes how dog shows began and developed, which shows around the world are most important, who the human players are the handlers, judges, owners, and breeders who the canine stars are, and where this dog show phenomenon is heading. Best in Show stands as a book-publishing landmark that will last decades and is the hallmark gift for any serious dog lover.