As part of the diverse hound group, Charlie faces some tough competition.
But the Woodland Hills smooth-haired dachshund is a pro. And she's been to Wesminster before.
"I think she's definitely going to get a ribbon," said owner Richard Van Elgort.
Charlie - who went to Westminster in 2010 - had a good year on the national dog show circuit, Van Elgort said.
While he doesn't think she'll win the hound group, he's confident she'll show well.
Commonly called a "wiener dog," the breed is always the last to enter in the hound group that also includes such diverse breeds as the basset hound, whippet and Norwegian elkhound.
But a wire-haired dachshund did take first place in the hound group at last year's Westminster show.
Van Elgort, a computer consultant and software designer, and his wife, Arleene, got into showing dogs some years ago.
But make no mistake. Charlie's a beloved and pampered pet when she's not in the ring.
A cuddler at home, Charlie - whose full name is GCH Kinderteckel's Charlotte My Lady in Red - will be shown at Westminster this year by professional handler Emila Williams.
While Van Elgort has been to Westminster in the past, he's going to stay home this year.
"I can't be near my own dog; she gets very excited to see me," he said.
But he'll be watching the competition online.
In 2010, Charlie did well by "making the cut" at Westminster, Van Elgort said, although she did better in the Eukanuba national dog show in Florida.
"Westminster is definitely the most prestigious (show)," he said. "It's the oldest continuous sporting event (in the nation), other than the Kentucky Derby."
Charlie and 26 other smooth-haired dachshunds will compete in Ring 10 at noon Monday (9 a.m. PST). Watch the live stream at www.westminsterkennelclub.org/ or by downloading the free Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show app.
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