THE 146th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show begins today at Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York and you can watch it from wherever you are.
The breed competitions will take place on Monday, June 20 for Hound and Herding, Tuesday, June 21 for Toy, Non-Sporting and Terrier, and Wednesday, June 22 for Sporting and Working breeds, according to the Westminster Kennel Club.
On the nights of June 21 and 22, the Group Judging, Junior Showmanship Finals, and Best in Show will take place.
Mudi and Russian Toy, two new AKC-recognized breeds, will be introduced at this year’s event. This takes the total number of breeds and variations permitted at the show to 211.
Today, June 18, the Masters Agility Championship preliminaries are taking place from 7.30am to 4pm.
In addition, the program will be broadcast live on FS1 and FS2, with two and a half hours of Agility Finals coverage on FOX, an eight-hour live simulcast in Spanish on FOX Deportes, and 17 hours of live simulcast on Sportsnet in Canada.
On June 22, the event will come to a close with the announcement of Best in Show, which was given to Wasabi the Pekingese in 2021.
Read our Westminster dog show blog for updates…
Past winners of the Westminster Dog Show, part two
Dog breeds in the Herding group have picked up the fewest Best in Show wins at the Westminster Dog Show, according to a list of past winners compiled by Sporting News.
Herding dogs have earned the Best in Show title just three times since the club started giving out the award in 1907.
The last time a herding dog won was in 2017, when the award was given to a German Shepherd.
Past winners of the Westminster Dog Show
Since 1907, when the Westminster Dog Show was founded in 1877, the Best in Show award has been given out every year.
The Terrier breed has received the honor the most times of any breed, with 47 wins.
Wasabi the Pekingese, last year’s champion, handed the Toy group its 12th triumph, breaking a tie with Non-Sporting for fourth place among groups.
Sporting News has a complete list of past winners.
Dog show highlighting veterinarians’ mental health
Although the focus is on the canines, the Westminster Kennel Club show is also highlighting veterinarians’ mental health, according to AP News.
The club is donating $10,000 to a nonprofit that focuses on the psychological well-being of veterinary professionals in connection with a first-time Veterinarian of the Year award that will be awarded on the show’s last day, Wednesday.
It’s uncharted emotional ground for the 145-year-old event, coming at a time when the coronavirus epidemic, as well as a changing culture, have exposed people’s personal problems, from schoolchildren to health-care professionals to collegiate athletes to professional athletes, the outlet reported.
Friends supporting friends
On Twitter, someone shared photos of their service dog watching the Westminster Dog Show agility preliminary competition.
They wrote: “My autism service dog (mini pood) in training has been intensly watching the Westminster agility prelims!!
“He gets excited everytime they finish a run!! He’s so invested! After seeing this we wanna get into agility even more.”
Come back tomorrow!
The Masters Agility Championship finals are tomorrow at 12.30pm on the Fox App or westminsterkennelclub.com.
Best In Show contenders this year
For Best in Show, a total of 209 breeds and kinds of dogs will compete, CNN reported.
The Mudi, a Herding group dog from Hungary, and the Russian toy, a little contender in the Toy group previously favored among the Russian elite, are both candidates for the award this year.
Awards: Which are given out?
The judge in the Best of Breed competition bestows the following awards, according to the Westminster Kennel Club:
- “Best of Breed (BOB) or Best of Variety (BOV): the dog judged as the best in its breed or variety. This dog advances to the Group competition.
- “Best of Opposite Sex (BOS): the best of the dogs that are the opposite sex to the BOB winner.
- “Select Dog and Select Bitch (SEL): After the judge awards the BOB and BOS winners, the champion dog and champion bitch judged next best are awarded Select Dog and Select Bitch.
- “Grand Championship Points (GCH): Wins at Westminster awarded by the breed judge (Best of Breed, Best of Opposite Sex, Select Dog, and Select Bitch) will earn points toward the AKC’s Grand Championship title. For details, see www.akc.org/grandchampionship.
- “Awards of Merit (AOM): At the discretion of the judge at Westminster, Awards of Merit may be made to recognize the quality of outstanding entries that are not judged to be either BOB / BOV, BOS or SEL.”
Larger dogs competing
Right now, the standard 14″-20″ dogs are competing in the Masters Agility Championship of the Westminster Dog Show.
Awards: How they work
The Westminster Kennel Club is a Champions-only competition again in 2022, according to the website.
A dog must win a total of 15 points in a number of AKC-sanctioned dog shows to become an AKC champion.
All champions will compete in Westminster’s Best of Breed competition in their respective breed or variation.
The Westminster Dog Show Twitter account is promoting a social media contest in which pet owners can enter their furry friends.
According to the sweepstakes rules: “The winner receives one (1) prize package consisting of one (1) THD Home Depot Gift Card with a value of twelve-hundred dollars ($1200.00) and Westminster branded merchandise with a value of two-hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00).”
A look at the Lyndhurst Mansion
The Westminster Dog Show is taking place at the Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, New York, and they shared a video to their Instagram account showing off the estate.
They captioned the post: “Here’s a first-look at @lyndhurst_mansion before all the action begins at the 2022 #WestminsterDogShow!”
Masters Agility Finals tomorrow
In a post to their Instagram account, the Westminster Kennel Club has shared that the Master Agilities Finals will take place tomorrow at 12.30pm EST.
Viewers can catch this event on Fox TV, according to the post.
More dogs compete
Standard 20″-16″ preferred dogs are currently competing in the Masters Agility Championship of the Westminster Dog Show.
Covid guidelines at the show
The Westminster Kennel Club website released its Covid-19 safety information ahead of the dog show.
They wrote: “Based on CURRENT New York state and local COVID guidelines, neither masks nor proof of vaccination will be required of attendees at Westminster’s 146th Annual Dog Show and 9th Annual Masters Agility Championship.
“These requirements are subject to change should revisions occur to the state and local guidelines. Please continue to check our website for the most current COVID compliance information.”
Westminster dog show ticket prices
Despite being one of the most well-known athletic events in the United States, the Westminster Dog Show has reasonably priced tickets, according to Sporting News.
During the preliminary rounds, tickets are $12.50 for children ages five and up and $25 for adults.
During the agility finals, the fee increases to $15 and $30, respectively.
Children under the age of four are admitted free of charge.
Competition is still underway
Dogs are still competing in the Masters Agility Championship of the Westminster Dog Show.
Where is the Lyndhurst Estate?
The Westminster Dog Show will be held outside of New York City for the first time in the competition’s 146-year history, at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York this year.
In an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus, the event was conducted at the same place last year, per Sporting News.
The home, composed of limestone and mortar, appears to have created a lasting impact on the event’s organizers.
Lyndhurst Estate is a mansion on the Hudson River near Tarrytown, New York. It is located between Yonkers and Yorktown Heights.
The estate, with its gothic architecture, has appeared in films such as House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows.
What is the Westminster Kennel Club?
The Westminster Kennel Club, which was founded in 1877, is America’s oldest dog-sporting organization, according to its website.
It is home to the historic Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the country’s second-longest-running athletic event and, since 1948, the longest nationally televised live dog show.
With its instructive benched structure, America’s Dog Show has enthralled canine fans for more than a century, allowing the public to interact with more than 200 kinds of dogs in New York City, per its website.
The Club’s aim is to improve the lives of all dogs by celebrating their companionship, promoting responsible dog ownership, and preserving breeds.
Bigger dogs competing now
Currently, the 16″-12″ standard dogs are competing in the Dog Show.
Which breeds are ‘hidden gems’?
The “American Fox Hound — which George Washington owned, and they’re still showing at Westminster today — the Skye Terrier, Sussex Spaniel, and the Bergamasco Sheepdog” are this year’s hidden gems at the 2022 Westminster Dog Show, according to People.
Highlighting ‘hidden gems’
According to People, this year’s dog show will feature numerous “hidden gem” breeds, showcasing breeds that have been a part of Westminster for years but are less well-known to the general public.
Gail Miller Bisher — the director of communications for the Westminster Kennel Club and one Fox Sports analyst for the dog show — told the outlet: “There are 211 breeds and varieties of dogs eligible to enter Westminster, but a lot of those breeds, although they’re ancient breeds, they’ve been around for hundreds of years and even showing at Westminster since 1877, some of them are vulnerable, meaning they’re very low numbers of them that even exist.
“If people are looking for a dog to bring home, we want to make sure they know about these types of breeds as well because they’re awesome.
“They have long histories and make great pets, but people just don’t always know about them,” she added.
When is the dog show’s best in show?
Best in show will be revealed at the end of group judging, which airs from 7.30 to 11pm ET on on Wednesday, June 22.
The broadcast will be streamed live on the Fox Now and Fox Sports apps as well.
12″-8″ dogs competing
Currently, the 12-inch to 8-inch dogs are competing in the standard course preliminary round.
When does group judging take place?
On Tuesday, June 21, FS1 will broadcast group judging for the toy, non-sporting, hound, and herding groups from 7.30pm-11pm ET.
Group judging for sports, working, and terrier groups will begin at 7.30pm ET on Wednesday, June 22.
Which breeds are new to the competition?
The mudi and the Russian toy are two new breeds to the Westminster Kennel Club dog show this year, NJ.com says.
The mudi (plural mudik) is a Hungarian herding breed that goes back to the 1800s and has ties to the puli, pumi, and German spitz breeds.
Small companion dogs having a heritage among the Russian elite, Russian toy dogs have joined Westminster’s toy group. They descended from the English toy terrier.
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