THE 146th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show began on Saturday 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.
On Saturday, June 18, the preliminaries for the Masters Agility Champions took place.
The Masters Agility Championship will continue into the finals on Sunday June 19.
The 2022 Westminster Dog Show will be streamed live on their website, the WKC App, and the FOX Sports App for free.
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…
Two new breeds added, part two
The mudi hails from Hungary and got its start as a sheep herding dog in the 1800s.
Genetically, the breed also has connections with the other breeds like the German spitz, according to local New Jersey media outlet NJ.com.
The dog rose to prominence after catching the attention of a museum director in the 1930s, NPR reported.
Two new breeds added, part one
This year, Westminster Dog Show has added two new breeds to the competition.
One of the new breeds making an appearance on the show floor this year is a Mudi, a Hungarian herding dog.
The other new breed is known as a Russian Toy, which resemble Chihuahas and have fox-like fur, but originate from a breed of English Toy Terriers.
A Hope Diamond connection
One of this year’s judges at the Westminster Dog Show has a family connection to the famous Hope Diamond.
Westminster judge Evalyn Gregory from Kentucky is the great-grand daughter of the diamond’s “last private owner,” the Courier-Journal reported.
Evalyn’s mother also bred animals, including Pygmy goats and horses, according to the Courier-Journal.
Canadian dogs compete
There are nearly 60 dogs from Canada competing in the Westminster Dog Show this year.
One of the Canadian entrants is a Boston terrier from Calgary who goes by the name Frank, television broadcaster CBC reported.
Frank the Boston terrier is 6 years old and is owned by a nurse, who told the outlet the pup hasn’t competed since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Snacks help fuel dogs, part two
For canines competing in dog shows, it’s common for their human handlers to carry treats in their own mouths.
According to the American Kennel Club, handlers hold onto the treats in their mouth as a way to get the dog to maintain focus on their handler’s face.
The kennel club also notes that dogs often drink bottled water when on the road for shows, in order to avoid getting sick.
Snacks help fuel dogs
During dog shows, the four-legged competitors are fueled by snacks like hot dogs and cheese.
It’s not uncommon for the dog’s handler to keep treats in their mouth during competition, according to the American Kennel Club.
When the dog is ready for the treat, the handler plucks it straight out of their mouth to give to the animal.
Grueling grooming schedule
Keeping the dogs of Westminster looking in tip top shape is a demanding process.
Depending on the breed, it can take four to five hours to get some of the show dogs ready for the spotlight, according to the American Kennel Club.
This process can involve the same high end shampoos conditioners sold at hair salons for humans, as swell as blow dryers and flat irons, the kennel club says.
Contestants from all over, part two
Many of the dogs competing in this year’s Westminster Dog Show come from outside of the country.
The show logged international registrations for 78 dogs from 9 countries, the Canine Chronicle reported.
Canada had the most entrants with 58 dogs, followed by 8 entrants from Japan and 3 from South Korea, according to the website.
Contestants from all over
The more than 3,000 dogs participating in the Westminster Dog Show this week hail from all over country and world.
New York registered the most Westminster competitors with 260 dogs hailing from the east coast state, according to the Canine Chronicle.
The state that sent the second highest number of dogs is Pennsylvania with 234 and Florida came in third with 210.
Meet the contestants, part three
A Rhodesian Ridgeback named Mamba from southern California is one of more than 3,000 dogs competing in Westminster.
The 2.5-year-old dog will face off against more than 40 other Ridgebacks for the best in breed award and will also compete in the hound category, according to the Ojai Valley News.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are one of the largest breeds featured in the Westminster show.
One of America’s longest running sporting events
The Westminster Dog Show has been running longer than almost any other sporting event in the US.
More than 1,200 dogs competed in the first Westminster competition in 1877, according to the American Kennel Club.
The Kentucky Derby horse race is the only sporting event that has been running continuously for longer than Westminster.
The Derby was first held in 1875, two years prior to Westminster’s debut.
No cash prizes for winners
The contestants in the Westminster Dog Show are not in it for the money.
Since the annual competition began more than 100 years ago, cash award winners have never received prizes for their achievement.
Instead, the American Kennel Club says proceeds are donated to dog-related causes like rescue and training organizations.
Qualifying for Westminster
Dogs all over the country vie for spots at the Westminster Dog Show, but the competition isn’t open to just anyone.
In order to score an invite to Westminster, a dog has to win a certain number of shows and points throughout the year, according to the Nest.
The top five dogs of each breed nationwide are given invitations, while other dogs meeting certain requirements are also allowed to compete.
Meet the contestants, part two
A French bulldog named Enzo is competing in this year’s Westminster Dog Show.
Enzo will have to beat out 40 other French bulldogs to win the best in breed title, local news station KSBW reported.
Born in Ohio and raised in Salinas, California, Enzo comes from a competitive family.
His mother won best in breed in 2020, according to KSBW.
Meet the contestants
More than 3,000 dogs are competing in the Westminster Dog Show this weekend.
One of the contestants includes an Italian Greyhound named Sriracha, who is described by its owners as being athletic and elegant.
Sriracha is traveling to the show from Snohomish, Washington, according to local news station KIRO 7.
Judges: Who are they? part two
A Florida woman who has spent years as a professional dog handler will try her hand as a judge at this year’s Westminster Dog Show.
First-time judge Bergit Coady-Kabel had to give up dog handling in recent years after a cancer diagnosis, according to Palm Springs Life.
At the competition in Tarrytown this week, Coady-Kabel will be tasked with judging a number of different terrier breeds.
Judges: Who are they?
The Westminster Dog Show has enlisted 34 people to judge this year’s contestants.
One of the judges is a Doberman breeder from the Seattle area named Faye Strauss, according to the Seattle Times.
Strauss has been picked to judge the working breeds category and she will be tasked with picking the top four dogs from that group.
Most wins by group
Sporting News has shared a list of the most wins in the Westminster Dog Show by group:
- Terrier – 47
- Sporting – 18
- Working – 15
- Toy – 12
- Non-sporting – 11
- Hound – 6
- Herding – 3
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.”