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Ever wonder how participants at the Westminster Dog Show are judged? Can't tell the difference between a Saluki and a Bichon frise? A new app could become your best friend.
The Westminster Dog Show's official app is a solid guide for the event, which starts today and runs through Tuesday. Although its usefulness might be short-lived, this free iOS app is great for users who want to get to know the canine contestants.
The app includes several features for human attendees, such as a show map, directory and venue information.
For the viewers at the home, the key options include a show schedule breaking down judging by ring and breed. There's also the very helpful Westminster 101 that details the process behind judging each dog.
There's also a section with a history of the Westminster Kennel Club and a glossary explaining terms viewers might hear during the broadcast.
Owners of the iPhone or iPad who want an education on the dozens of dog breeds will find entries for each highlighting the breeds background and origins, as well as show info related to the specific type of dog.
Also, for a bonus perspective, a Live Video option allows users to check out cameras from each ring as well as a roving camera.
The app isn't totally perfect. Some user reviews suggest a few inaccuracies with dog breed descriptions. However, it's free, and offers a comprehensive guide to follow as you're watching the Westminster Dog Show.
By Brett Molina