145th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Gets Underway Friday

Elise Preston reports COVID delayed the show a few months, and also shifted the venue… but now this Sunday one prized pooch will be crowned 'Best in Show.'

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- Happening today, thousands of canines from all 50 states and 10 countries around the world will be walking down the green carpet for the 145th edition of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

- Yeah, the pandemic forced a delay of the show for a few months and caused them to change venues, but by Sunday night, one pooch will be crowned "Best in Show." CBS4's Elise Preston reports from Tarrytown, New York.

ELISE PRESTON: From gracefully leaping through hoops to quickly navigating mazes, it takes a lot to be top dog.

GAIL MILLER BISCHER: The proper exercise is important. Nutrition is really important. And of course, skin and hair.

ELISE PRESTON: Over the next few days, pooches and their handlers will be showing off their training agility and personality in this year's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Joshua Faulkner breeds Dogo Argentino pups, like seven-month-old Tino. The muscular hunting dog is one of four new breeds now eligible to compete.

JOSHUA FAULKNER: He is just everything that we hope for in a Dogo Argentino. Tenacious dog, athletic, powerful.

ELISE PRESTON: The Biewer Terrier, Belgian Laekenois, and the Barbet will also be stepping onto the green carpet at the historic Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York.

GAIL MILLER BISCHER: The Lyndhurst Estate actually has a very long history of dog shows. There were dog shows held here for 30 years in the 70s and 80s and early 90s.

ELISE PRESTON: The coronavirus forced the event out of Manhattan for the first time in its history, and spectators and vendors aren't allowed. Still, Faulkner says this year's show is especially important.

JOSHUA FAULKNER: I think people, in general, changed their whole way of life to really adapt to being home more with their own family and spending more time with their family unit.

ELISE PRESTON: And their dogs are an extension of that.

JOSHUA FAULKNER: Their dogs are their-- are their family unit.

- Good boy.

ELISE PRESTON: All eyes will be on the prize pups Sunday night when one will be crowned "Best in Show." Elise Preston, CBS News, Tarrytown, New York.