Here are some interesting facts about the show:
- The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is America's oldest and most prestigious dog show.
- It is the second -oldest continuous sporting event in the U.S. (The Kentucky Derby is 20 months older)
- A total of 159 breeds are eligible for this year's competition
- This year, the top five dogs in each breed (based on AKC competitions held between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31, 1999) were invited to pre-enter.
- A total of 795 dogs were pre-invited, and 615 accepted.
- Westminster entries for the remaining 1,885 slots (entries are limited to 2,500 total dogs) opened at 8 AM on Friday, Dec. 7, and were filled in less than one hour.
- Celebrities who have previously participated in Westminster include Bill Cosby, Mary Tyler Moore, Joan Rivers and Martha Stewart.