Meet The Dogs Whose Names Are Too Long To Fit In This Headline : The Two-Way The Westminster Kennel Club dog show concludes Tuesday — but it might take you some time longer just to spell the names of the dogs involved. So what's the deal with all the elaborate names?
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Meet The Dogs Whose Names Are Too Long To Fit In This Headline

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And a top dog was crowned last night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Here's judge David Merriam.

(SOUNDBITE OF DOG SHOW)

DAVID MERRIAM: My choice for the best in show is the beagle.

(APPLAUSE)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: The beagle?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Oh, my God, another beagle.

MONTAGNE: The crowd going wild inside Madison Square Garden last night for Miss P, a beagle from British Columbia.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

A purebred beagle. Mutts are not allowed in the show. Miss P, we should say, often goes by her formal name, Tashtins Looking For Trouble.

MONTAGNE: That's Miss P's registration name, the much longer official name that reflects a purebred's lineage. It can include the names of the breeder, the dog's mother or father or where the dog was born.

GREENE: Trying to cram all that in can lead to unusual names. Gizmo, one of the border terriers who showed up at Westminster, is listed in its guidebook as McHill's His Royal Highness Prince Gizmo House of Gremlin.

MONTAGNE: There's a basset hound named Easthill Broxden Woodland Lettuce - as in the salad - Lettuce Entertain You.

GREENE: And there's a Pomeranian named Starfire's Spank Me Hard, Call Me Crazy.

MONTAGNE: David Frei, who's co-hosted TV coverage of the Westminster dog show for more than 25 years, says for show dogs, the more unusual the name, the better.

DAVID FREI: I had a dog named Jukebox Hero, you know, named after a song. People tend to remember a unique name. My great Afghan hound, Julie, her official register name was Champion Storm Hill Who's Zoomin' Who, after the Aretha Franklin song. People remember that dog.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WHO'S ZOOMIN' WHO?")

ARETHA FRANKLIN: (Singing) Who's zoomin' who? Take another look and tell me, baby. Who's zoomin' who? Who's zoomin' who? Who's zoomin' who?

MONTAGNE: And it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Our names - easier to say.

GREENE: Indeed.

MONTAGNE: Renee Montagne.

GREENE: And David Greene.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WHO'S ZOOMIN' WHO?")

FRANKLIN: (Singing) Who's zoomin' who? Take another look and tell me, baby. Who's zoomin' who? Who's zoomin' who? Who's zoomin' who? The fish jumped off the hook, baby. Who's zoomin' who? Yeah. Guess you believed the world...

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