A breed of their own! Brooklyn Mutt Show celebrates quirky pooches

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Brooklyn has its own doggone pooch show — for mutts and misfits, not purebreds and perfectionists.

Brooklyn Lyceum will host its third-ever “Brooklyn Mutt Show” — Westminster’s unofficial wacky cousin — with categories such as “best beard,” “best kisser,” and best Mayor Bloomberg doppelganger.

“The more ridiculous the better,” said Regan Fishman, creator of the March 24–25 event. “It’s not really about being the best — it’s about laughing and having fun.”

This year’s most hair-raising categories include “curliest tail” and a Star Wars character look-alike contest (which is not unlike Westminster’s Pekingese category — oh, snap!).

Expect a quirky cast of characters: there’s Beatrix Honey Badger, a Chihuahua-mix with a talent for eating underwear; Dude, an 11-year-old Collie-mix, who is vying for “Sexy Senior”; and Bunker, a Ridgeback-mix who last year won best kisser.

“A dog’s best feature isn’t that he’s perfect,” said Lisa DeMazza, Bunker’s pooch mama. “That’s why this show is so fun.”

Brooklyn’s star mutts will compete for prize, such as a getaway at a pet-friendly hotel, and can peruse booths with information about doggy diets and apparel. The cast members of “Doggie Moms,” a reality TV show, will also be in the house.

It’s fitting a contest for Brooklyn, where eccentricities — both the human and pooch kind — are not just tolerated; they’re celebrated.

“In Brooklyn, we’re all basically mutts,” Fishman said.

“Brooklyn Mutt Show,” at the Brooklyn Lyceum [227 Fourth Ave. near President Street in Park Slope, (718) 857-4816], March 24-25, 11 am–7 pm. Free for viewers. For info, visit

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:31 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
We ARE all mutts!! Sounds like great fun.
March 19, 2012, 10:17 am
Echo from NYC says:
This could be joyful, considering that WE are all mutts!
March 19, 2012, 10:27 am
ty from pps says:
It's actually pretty awesome. And it supports Brooklyn Bark, which is also great.
March 19, 2012, 3:23 pm
Patty from Cake says:
Sounds like fun , but be careful of the poop - doggy poop!
March 19, 2012, 5:51 pm
Linda from Park Ridge says:
You Got it right with that poop comment - never have I seen so many dogs releasing their rectum contents In an indoor snafu before. Mutt slury everywhere.
March 20, 2012, 5:19 am
Jim from Slope says:
I like Regan's sexy legs.
March 9, 2013, 9:55 am

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