Is this just a way to get more viewers? A way to appear less … snobby?

Westminster said on its web site that it will be allowing mixed-breed dogs to compete in its first agility championship that will take place right before its 138th annual purebred dog beauty pageant.

Mutts of course can’t compete in the beauty pageant, which judges a purebred dog on how well he meets his breed’s “standards.”

I have to say I do love watching Westminster’s purebred dog show. I am the owner of an “All American Dog” but there’s something beautiful about each unique breed. It’s fun to watch them compete, and I do admire the work that goes into showing a dog.

I’ll definitely be tuning in to watch both the agility competition and the All Breed Dog Show.

The Masters Agility Championship at Westminster will take place Feb. 8 at Pier 94 in New York City, according to Westminster’s web site. Its 138th Annual All Breed Dog Show will be held in the same location Feb. 10 and 11.

The two-day beauty pageant will be carried by CNBC Feb. 10 and by USA Feb.11, according to the New York Times. The agility trial will be broadcast live by Fox Sports 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. EST Feb. 8.

I’ll be rootin’ for them mongrels.