Three $10,000 Donations to Honor Agility, Obedience 
and Best Junior Winners
 
New York, N.Y. - The Westminster Kennel Club is pleased to announce beginning in 2018, the club will donate $10,000 each to honor the respective winners of the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster. Each donation will be given to the training club where each winner is a member. In addition, the Best Junior Handler advanced education scholarship award will be increased from $6,000 to $10,000 in 2018. These new donations and scholarship increase continues Westminster's 142-year tradition of giving back to the sport of dogs.
 
The Masters Agility Championship at Westminster, launched in 2014 and open to purebred and mixed-breed dogs, is a popular part of the Meet & Compete event held on the Saturday before the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. In this competition, 330 top agility dogs from across the country compete at the Masters level of competition in five height divisions. Fifty competitors then advance to the finals competition to determine the overall Masters Agility Champion. In 2018, the finals competition will be televised for the fifth year on FS1.
 
In 2016, the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster was added to Westminster Week. This event attracts top-winning obedience trial champions (OTCH) for a unique competition consisting of traditional obedience exercises and a freestyle element. The competition is limited to 35 dogs whom compete for the championship. If the winner of the agility or obedience championships is not a member of a dog training club the donation will be made in their honor to a dog-related charity.
 
Since 1934, the Westminster Kennel Club has awarded a Best Junior Handler. Each year approximately 100 young people qualify to enter the Junior Showmanship competition at Westminster. Juniors come from all across the U.S. to be judged on their dog handling skills with eight advancing to the finals competition held at Madison Square Garden. Since 2010 the handler winning Best Junior Handler and the second, third and fourth placements in the finals have received scholarship monies towards advanced education. Starting with the 2018 event, the Best Junior Handler will receive $10,000. The remaining placements will continue to receive the following scholarship amounts; second place $5,000, third place $4,000, fourth place $3,000 and the other four finalists each receive $500.
 
All events during Westminster Week are presented by Purina Pro Plan®.
 
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About The Westminster Kennel Club - The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.  Established in 1877, Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-breed, benched dog show held every year at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Today, America's dog show has expanded into Westminster Week which includes the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster, both held at Piers 92/94. More than 3,000 dogs from the US and abroad make Westminster Week like no other. Westminster. There's only one. Visit us at: www.westminsterkennelclub.org or follow @WKCDOGS.
USA NETWORK’S PREMIERE OF
‘BEVERLY HILLS DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA’
--Star-studded event includes Beverly Hills Housewife Lisa Vanderpump and more--
 
The inaugural telecast of the BEVERLY HILLS DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA premieres on USA on Easter Sunday, April 16 at 8 PM/7c. In addition to the Easter night debut of the show USA will present an encore on April 17 at 9 AM/8c, and NBC will air an encore on Sunday, April 23 at 1 PM/12c. 
 
USA Network’s broadcast will be co-hosted by David Frei and John O’Hurley, who have been a part of the very successful NBC Thanksgiving Day telecast of the National Dog Show presented by Purina since its inception in 2002. Sports icon Mary Carillo reports from backstage and Olympic figure skaters Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski will work the show’s red carpet with celebrity interviews.
 
Lisa Vanderpump (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” “Vanderpump Rules”) will present the Best in Show award, and “E! News” Co-Host Maria Menounos will be on hand interviewing attendees about how their dogs are the stars of their families.  Fans can tune in to see more of their favorite dog loving celebrities including Bo Derek, Victor Espinosa, Rex Linn, Jennifer Marsala, and WWE wrestler The Big Show on the red carpet and in the crowd as these glamorous canines square off to win the top prize.  
 
NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will also feature the show in its annual “Thanksgiving Day Dog Show Marathon” on Thursday, November 23.

Event Date: March 4-5, 2017

Hosted by: The Kennel Club of Beverly Hills

 

Location: Fairplex in Pomona, California

 

Telecast Dates: April 16, 2017 8-10PM PT/ET USA Network

            The Easter telecast will be taped and produced from the Saturday show.

Re-broadcasts: April 17 on USA Network and April 23 on NBC   Times TBD

           

Talent:            John O’Hurley (Host)

                        David Frei (Analyst)

                        Mary Carillo (Features and reporter)

                        Tara Lipinski (Features and Red Carpet Host)

                        Johnny Weir (Features and Red Carpet Host)

More stars: Stars from NBCUniversal Entertainment’s biggest television hits are expected to be on hand to share top billing with the beloved four-legged stars of this show.

Produced by NBC Sports, the same production team that produces the National Dog Show presented by Purina on Thanksgiving Day. USA Network produced the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for 25 years through 2016.

Tentative features for the broadcast: A number of features that depict dogs in Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Universal Studios:

-          Handler Makeover

-          Working dogs in Hollywood

-          Dogs in Universal Studios themed sections

-          Dogs shopping on Rodeo Drive

New format for Best in Show: Group winners will walk red carpet in “Fashion Show” finale

Charity partner: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Therapy Dog Program (www.chla.org). The Amerman Family Dog Therapy Program at CHLA will receive $1 from every ticket sale.

Social Media: Facebook Live with talent

                     Behind the scenes with Snapchat

                     Twitter Mirror on the Red Carpet

Digital: Show will have a robust digital website that will have full group video, behind the scenes clips, extra features and VOD offerings

About Dr. Liz Bales: Dr. Liz Bales, VMD, is a 16-year practicing veterinarian who, through her experience, has gained a special interest in the unique behavioral and wellness needs of cats, including feline behavior, nutrition and internal medicine. She is the founder of the Feline Environmental Enrichment Design Company (FEED Co.) and inventor of The NoBowl Feeding System. Dr. Bales is featured as an expert in feline medicine for the 2017 series Natural Pets TV - The Cat Edition, and in her Pet-X talk on the natural feeding behavior of cats. In print, Bales has contributed to Modern Cat Magazine, CatingtonPost.com and Cat Talk magazine, in addition to her own blog, TheCatvocate.com.  Dr. Bales has been a guest speaker at The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and The University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Talkin' Pets News

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Jarrod Lazarus

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Reporter - Georgia Malpartida

Special Guests - Live from Australia, Author of "Venom Doc" Bryan Grieg Fry will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 2/4/17 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away his new book

Jerry Grymek - Doggie Concierge at Hotel Penn at 630pm EST to discuss our upcoming Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show broadcast live from NYC

THE 141st ANNUAL WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW PRESENTS GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY 
FOR DOG LOVERS
 
Three Debut Breeds Among 3,200 dogs of 200 Breeds and Varieties from 49 States
 
New York, NY - More than 3,200 dogs, including 90 Golden Retrievers, will descend on Manhattan during Westminster Week 2017. Appearing at the 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, on Monday and Tuesday, February 13-14, will be 2,798 dogs and 87 junior handlers. The 4th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Saturday, February 11 will feature 330 dogs followed by 23 dogs at the 2nd Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Monday, February 13.
 
Most entered among the 200 breeds and varieties at the dog show are the Golden Retrievers (65), followed by Labrador Retrievers (46) French Bulldogs (46), Whippets (45), Yorkshire Terriers (38), and Australian Shepherds (38). These breeds are joined by three debut breeds at Westminster - the Sloughi (3), Pumi (7) and American Hairless Terrier (14). Golden Retrievers (8) are the largest obedience competition entry and the fourth most-entered breed (17) in Agility behind Border Collies (53), Shetland Sheepdogs (42) and Papillons (21).     
 
New Yorkers entered the most dogs (260) at the dog show. But New Jersey dogs (94) top the agility competition as well as the obedience competition (4) and are the fourth most entered (188) at the dog show. The farthest dog show competitor entered hails from China.
 
On Saturday, February 11, the Meet & Compete event featuring the 8th AKC Meet the Breeds® and the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster will be held. This joint effort between The Westminster Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club provides an opportunity for people to interact with more than 100 breeds and learn about responsible dog ownership. New in 2017, AKC Meet the Breeds is bringing cats to the dog show.
 
Televised since 1948, Westminster will once again be America's most watched live broadcast of a dog show. New this year, dog lovers can tune into FS1 for live Group and Best in Show coverage Monday and Tuesday night from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden and Nat Geo WILD for selected live breed coverage Monday and Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Piers 92/94. For information on tickets, broadcast schedule, and live streaming video visit westminsterkennelclub.org. All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan.
 
The 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Monday-Tuesday, February 13-14, 2017 / Pier 92/94 / Madison Square Garden
 
There are 2,798 dogs from 49 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, with the most dogs from New York (260) followed by California (246), Pennsylvania (232), New Jersey (188), Florida (148), and Connecticut (121). They are joined by Junior Showmanship qualifiers (87). There are 135 foreign entries from 16 countriestopped by Canada (108), Japan (6) and Mexico (5).
 
Dog Show Breed Entries by Group
Sporting breeds (518): Brittanys (15), Lagotti Romagnoli (13), Pointers (19), Pointers (German Shorthaired) (36), Pointers (German Wirehaired) (8), Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay) (21), Retrievers (Curly-Coated) (7), Retrievers (Flat-Coated) (31), Retrievers (Golden) (65), Retrievers (Labrador) (46), Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) (12), Setters (English) (19), Setters (Gordon) (11), Setters (Irish) (19), Setters (Irish Red & White) (9), Spaniels (American Water) (1), Spaniels (Boykin) (4), Spaniels (Clumber) (5), Spaniels (Cocker) ASCOB (7), Spaniels (Cocker) Black (13), Spaniels (Cocker) Parti-Color (9), Spaniels (English Cocker) (15), Spaniels (English Springer) (29), Spaniels (Field) (16), Spaniels (Irish Water) (6), Spaniels (Sussex) (5), Spaniels (Welsh Springer) (7), Spinoni Italiani (11), Vizslas (22), Weimaraners (20), Wirehaired Pointing Griffons (13), Wirehaired Vizslas (4).
 
Hound breeds (417): Afghan Hounds (21), American English Coonhounds (2), American Foxhounds (6), Basenjis (18), Basset Hounds (9), Beagles (13") (10), Beagles (15") (28), Black and Tan Coonhounds (5), Bloodhounds (6), Bluetick Coonhounds (5), Borzois (27), Cirnechi dell'Etna (7), Dachshunds (Longhaired) (20), Dachshunds (Smooth) (27), Dachshunds (Wirehaired) (28), English Foxhounds (2), Greyhounds (8), Harriers (3), Ibizan Hounds (8), Irish Wolfhounds (15), Norwegian Elkhounds (4), Otterhounds (8), Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens (16), Pharaoh Hounds (16), Plotts (5), Portuguese Podengo Pequenos (10), Redbone Coonhounds (4), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (32), Salukis (9), Scottish Deerhounds (5), Sloughis (3), Treeing Walker Coonhounds (5), Whippets (45).
 
Working breeds (420): Akitas (11), Alaskan Malamutes (11), Anatolian Shepherd Dogs (5), Bernese Mountain Dogs (30), Black Russian Terriers (13), Boerboels (2), Boxers (15), Bullmastiffs (25), Cane Corsos (21), Doberman Pinschers (27), Dogues de Bordeaux (17), German Pinschers (10), Giant Schnauzers (11), Great Danes (21), Great Pyrenees (11), Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs (16), Komondorok (3), Kuvaszok (5), Leonbergers (13), Mastiffs (19), Neapolitan Mastiffs (4), Newfoundlands (21), Portuguese Water Dogs (19), Rottweilers (17), Samoyeds (18), Siberian Huskies (25), St. Bernards (5), Standard Schnauzers (16), Tibetan Mastiffs (9).
 
Terrier breeds (342): Airedale Terriers (14), American Hairless Terrier (14), American Staffordshire Terriers (10), Australian Terriers (10), Bedlington Terriers (8), Border Terriers (18), Bull Terriers (Colored) (4), Bull Terriers (White) (4), Cairn Terriers (12), Cesky Terriers (9), Dandie Dinmont Terriers (3), Fox Terriers (Smooth) (16), Fox Terriers (Wire) (7), Glen of Imaal Terriers (16), Irish Terriers (3), Kerry Blue Terriers (16), Lakeland Terriers (6), Manchester Terriers (Standard) (6), Miniature Bull Terriers (8), Miniature Schnauzers (27), Norfolk Terriers (10), Norwich Terriers (17), Parson Russell Terriers (3), Rat Terriers (12), Russell Terriers (10), Scottish Terriers (11), Sealyham Terriers (4), Skye Terriers (6), Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers (19), Staffordshire Bull Terriers (20), Welsh Terriers (6), West Highland White Terriers (13).
 
Toy breeds (410): Affenpinschers (5), Brussels Griffons (20), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (37), Chihuahuas (Long Coat) (15), Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) (13), Chinese Cresteds (34), English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles) (5), English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby) (3), Havanese (28), Italian Greyhounds (19), Japanese Chin (10), Maltese (15), Manchester Terriers (Toy) (7), Miniature Pinschers (17), Papillons (22), Pekingese (19), Pomeranians (16), Poodles (Toy) (14), Pugs (37), Shih Tzu (17), Silky Terriers (8), Toy Fox Terriers (11), Yorkshire Terriers (38).
 
Non-Sporting breeds (289): American Eskimo Dogs (11), Bichon Frises (18), Boston Terriers (16), Bulldogs (17), Chinese Shar-Pei (9), Chow Chows (6), Coton De Tulears (8), Dalmatians (24), Finnish Spitz (2), French Bulldogs (46), Keeshonden (19), Lhasa Apsos (16), Lowchen (1), Poodles (Miniature) (6), Poodles (Standard) (23), Schipperkes (9), Shiba Inu (19), Tibetan Spaniels (10), Tibetan Terriers (18), Xoloitzcuintlis (11).
 
Herding breeds (402): Australian Cattle Dogs (12), Australian Shepherds (38), Bearded Collies (15), Beaucerons (8), Belgian Malinois (14), Belgian Sheepdogs (8), Belgian Tervuren (13), Bergamascos (10), Berger Picards (18), Border Collies (14), Bouviers des Flandres (14), Briards (15), Canaan Dogs (3), Cardigan Welsh Corgis (23), Collies (Rough) (17), Collies (Smooth) (18), Entlebucher Mountain Dogs (5), Finnish Lapphunds (8), German Shepherd Dogs (19), Icelandic Sheepdogs (6), Miniature American Shepherds (13), Norwegian Buhunds (11), Old English Sheepdogs (15), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (34), Polish Lowland Sheepdogs (11), Pulik (1), Pumik (7), Pyrenean Shepherds (5), Shetland Sheepdogs (13), Spanish Water Dogs (10), Swedish Vallhunds (4).
 
Dog Show Entries by Location
States (49): Alaska (2), Alabama (26), Arkansas (6), Arizona (28), California (246), Colorado (39), Connecticut (121), Delaware (15), Florida (148), Georgia (79), Hawaii (8), Idaho (6), Illinois (54), Indiana (37), Iowa (6), Kansas (13), Kentucky (22), Louisiana (31), Maine (11), Maryland (90), Massachusetts (97), Michigan (82), Minnesota (35), Mississippi (5), Missouri (27), Montana (4), Nebraska (8), Nevada (12), New Hampshire (41), New Jersey (188), New Mexico (9), New York (260), North Carolina (94), Ohio (108), Oklahoma (29), Oregon (25), Pennsylvania (232), Rhode Island (17), South Carolina (49), South Dakota (3), Tennessee (46), Texas (110), Utah (3), Vermont (21), Virginia (113), Washington (91), West Virginia (10), Wisconsin (54), Wyoming (2). Other: Washington D.C. (7), Puerto Rico (2).
 
Foreign Countries (16): Bermuda (1), Brazil (1), Canada (108), Chile (3), China (1), Columbia (1), Costa Rica (2), Denmark (1), England (1), France (1), Germany (1), Italy (1), Japan (6), Mexico (5), Norway (1), Slovenia (1).
 
4th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Pier 94
 
There are 330 dogs entered representing 25 states with the most coming from New Jersey (94), New York (67) and Connecticut (35). The top 5 entries are Border Collies (53), Shetland Sheepdogs (42), All American Dogs (26), Papillons (21), and Golden Retrievers (17).
 
Agility Entries by Breed
Alaskan Malamutes (2), All American Dogs (26), Australian Shepherds (13), Basenjis (1), Beagles (3), Bearded Collies (2), Beaucerons (1), Belgian Malinois (2), Belgian Sheepdog (1), Berger Picards (1), Bernese Mountain Dog (1), Bichon Frises (3), Border Collies (53), Boston Terriers (1), Boxers (2), Brittanys (2), Bull Terriers (1), Cardigan Welsh Corgis (3), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (8), Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) (2), Chinese Cresteds (2), Cocker Spaniels (4), Cotons de Tulear (2), Curly-coated Retrievers (1), Dalmatians (3), Doberman Pinschers (3), English Cocker Spaniels (3), English Springer Spaniels (5), Flat Coated Retrievers (2), Giant Schnauzers (1), Glen of Imaal Terriers (1), Golden Retrievers (17), Gordon Setters (1), Irish Red & White Setters (1), Italian Greyhounds (1), Labrador Retrievers (14), Lagotti Romagnoli (1), Lowchens (1), Maltese (1), Manchester Terriers (3), Miniature American Shepherds (6), Miniature Schnauzers (3), Mudi (1), Norfolk Terriers (1), Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers (3), Papillons (21), Parson Russell Terriers (1), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (6), Pointers (2), Pomeranians (3), Poodles (11), Poodles (Miniature) (3), Poodles (Standard) (2), Poodles (Toy) (1), Portuguese Water Dogs (5), Pugs (1), Rat Terriers (3), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (1), Rottweilers (3), Schipperkes (3), Scottish Terriers (1), Shetland Sheepdogs (42), Shiba Inu (3), Siberian Huskies (1), Smooth Fox Terriers (1), Toy Fox Terriers (1), Welsh Springer Spaniels (1), West Highland White Terriers (3), Yorkshire Terriers (2).
 
Agility Entries by Location
States (25): Arkansas (1), California (8), Connecticut (35), Delaware (2), Florida (3), Georgia (1), Illinois (1), Kansas (2), Maine (1), Massachusetts (22), Maryland (7), Michigan (2), Minnesota (4), North Carolina (2), New Hampshire (15), New Jersey (94), New Mexico (2), New York (67), Ohio (7), Pennsylvania (33), Rhode Island (2), Texas (5), Virginia (11), Vermont (1), Washington (2).
 
2nd Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster Entries
Monday, February 13, 2017 at Pier 94
 
There are 23 dogs entered from 14 states led by New Jersey (4) and New York (3). Golden Retrievers (8) are the most entered followed by Border Collies (5).
 
Obedience Entries by Breed
Border Collies (5), German Shepherd Dogs (1), Papillons (2), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (1), Pomeranians (1), Poodles (Standard) (1), Retrievers (Golden) (8), Retrievers (Labrador) (2), Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) (1), Rottweilers (1).
 
Obedience Entries by Location
States (14): California (1), Connecticut (2), Georgia (2), Missouri (1), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (4), New York (3), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (1), South Carolina (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (1), Virginia (1), Wisconsin (1).
 
All entry counts are subject to final audit.
 
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About The Westminster Kennel Club - The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.  Established in 1877, Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-breed, benched dog show held every year at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Today, America's dog show has expanded into Westminster Week which includes the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster, both held at Piers 92/94. More than 3,000 dogs from the US and abroad makes Westminster Week like no other. Westminster. There's only one. Visit us at: www.westminsterkennelclub.orgor follow @WKCDOGS.
 
About Purina Pro Plan -Purina Pro Plan is proud to be the food of choice for the past ten Westminster Best in Show winners and 96 of the top 100 AKC All-Breed Champions.* Our team of over 400 scientists - including pet nutritionist, veterinarians and behaviorists - are dedicated rethinking what's possible in terms of nutrition, helping dogs be their absolute best. This means keeping them energetic and resilient and helping them maintain an ideal body condition, healthy skin and a stunning coat. And because being the best means something different for every dog, we offer more than 60 unique formulas across 4 specialized platforms. Our dry and wet formulas and snacks are exclusively sold at pet specialty retailers. For more information, visit www.proplan.com or follow @ProPlan on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. The brand is manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare, which promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestle Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestle S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness. 
*The handler or owner of these champions may have received Pro Plan dog food as Purina ambassadors. 
 
About AKC Meet the Breeds® - From Akitas to Xoloitzcuintlis and everything in between, AKC Meet the Breeds® is brought to you by exclusive pet care sponsor Purina Pro Plan. The seventh annual event gives dog lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with more than 100 different breeds in booths individually decorated to depict each breed's country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet, all while learning about responsible dog ownership and which breeds may be right for them.  Event sponsors include PetPartners, AKCSM Visa® Card, Motel 6, and Ameriprise. For more information, visit www.akc.org/meetthebreeds.
 
About the American Kennel Club - The American Kennel Club, founded in 1884, is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.  Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog.  For more information, visit www.akc.org.
 
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National Champion Beats Dogs from 49 States and Hundreds of International Competitors

Orlando, FL (Dec. 18, 2016) – GCHB CH Cordmaker Mister Blue Sky, a Puli known as “Preston” triumphed over nearly 5,000 dogs to earn a $50,000 cash prize and the title of Best in Show at the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin, held this weekend in Orlando, Fla. “Prestion,” owned by E. Charles & J. Beaudoin & L. Pitts & P. Kelly & S. Huebner of Raleigh, NC, was crowned “National Champion” by Best in Show judge Dr. Anthony DiNardo after a weekend of intense canine competition.

Combined with other weekend events including the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience Classic, and the Junior events, the overall show totals topped 7,000 entries, making this the largest dog event held in the United States since the AKC 1984 Centennial event and the largest dog show North America.

The AKC National Championship evening live stream is available for replay at www.akc.org, alongside on-demand coverage of the Bred-By Exhibitor groups, Junior Showmanship Finals, Best Miscellaneous, Agility and Obedience competitions. The show will be televised on the Hallmark Channel on January 23, 2017 6-9 PM ET/PT.

The winners:

Reserve Best in Show and Group Winners

 

Reserve Best in Show:GCHP CH Belle Creek’s All I Care About Is Love, a Bichon Frise known as “Flynn,” owned by Patrina Odette & L. VanKeur & L. Carlton & L. Letsche of Plymouth, MI.

 

After winning Best of Breed competitions the following top dogs went on to win in their respective groups and compete for Best in Show:

 

Sporting: GCHS CH Clussexx Man Of Steel,a Clumber Spaniel known as “Angus,” owned by Clussexx Reg J Hubbard W & K Holbrook B Dowd of Bloomington, IN.

 

Hound: GCHP CH Sporting Fields Shameless,a Whippet known as “Brazen,” owned by Barbara Call, J. Cooney-Waterhouse, D. Butt and A. Giles of Wilmot, MN.

Working: GCHP CH Mephisto's Speak Of The Devil,a Boxer known as “Devlin,” owned by Mrs. Jack Billhardt & Sergio Tenenbaum of Canaan, CT.

 

Terrier: GCHS CH Taliesin Twice As Nice,a Norwich Terrier known as “Tanner,” owned by Lisa Sons & Jeff and Kim Sime of Homer Glen, IL.

 

Toy: GCHS CH Somerset Wynzall Hashtag,a Brussels Griffon known as “Newton,” owned by Keith Jacobson and Jo Ann Noffsinger of Seattle, WA.

 

Non-Sporting: GCHP CH Belle Creek’s All I Care About Is Love,a Bichon Frise known as “Flynn,” owned by Patrina Odette & L. VanKeur & L. Carlton & L. Letsche of Plymouth, MI.

 

Herding:GCHB CH Cordmaker Mister Blue Sky,a Puli known as “Preston,” owned by E. Charles & J. Beaudoin & L. Pitts & P. Kelly & S. Huebner of Raleigh, NC.

Other top dogs awarded during the two-day event included the following:

 

Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show

GCHG CH Hillwood Dassin Ouspenskaya,a Poodle known as “Maria,” owned by Ellen M. Charles & Joseph Vergnetti of Washington D.C. was awarded Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show.

AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals Best in Show

GCH CH Love That Jimmy Fallon CM,a Miniature American Shepherd known as “Jimmy,” owned by Jeanie Troyan McAdams & Dr. Douglas McAdams won the AKC National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) Finals Best in Show, prevailing over an invitation-only entry of 711 dogs.

Best in Miscellaneous Group

Sidekick's Amour De Bonami CM4,a Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen known as “Ace,” owned by Brent Humphrey & Corey Benedict of Howey-in-the-Hills, FL, won the Miscellaneous Breeds competition.

Junior Showmanship

In the Junior Showmanship competition, for handlers from between 9 to 18 years of age, Lauren Marie Hull with her Great Pyrenees CH Patorama's Lay Down The Boogie was awarded the coveted title of Best Junior Handler, along with a $2,000 scholarship.

                  

Agility and Obedience Competitions

The 2016 AKC Obedience Classic and the AKC Agility Invitational were held in conjunction with the AKC National Championship. The two events demonstrate the highest level of training and teamwork between dog and handler. Obedience and agility competitions for junior handlers were held for the sixth year, and an AKC Rally® Junior competition was held for the third year.

 

 

 

 

AKC Obedience Classic

Four obedience dogs and their owners – one dog/handler team in each of the four classes – were crowned at the AKC Obedience Classic, which brought together 248 dogs from across the country and beyond.  

Placing first in their class (Novice, Open, Utility and Masters respectively) were:

  • Novice: Powderhorn Brodie & Stand Back CD PCD BN JH,a Golden Retriever known as “Brodie,” owned by Barb and Bob Mina of Campobello, SC.
  • Open: Augustus Treasured Serenity CDX BN RA NA,a Labrador Retriever known as “Grant,” owned by Mary Ann Flanagan of Glen Gardner, NJ.
  • Utility: Henry Head Over Heels UD PCDX BN GN RE THDA CGC,an All American Dog known as “Henry,” owned by Kathryn Harvey of Apple Valley, MN.
  • Masters: OTCH Rhumbline's Once In A Blue Moon UDX2 OM3 BN GN RE,a Labrador Retriever known as “Heart,” owned by Linda Brennan of Columbia, NJ.
    • Beginner Novice: Emily Wagoner, Maximum Force, All American Dog
    • Preferred Novice: Brittaney Allen, Allen's Ollie CD BN RN CGC, All American Dog
    • Preferred Open: Emily Wagoner, Clarimond's Because I'M the Boss CDX BN RE CGCA, Belgian Tervuren
  • 8” – MACH5 Brokenroad Code Name Tank MXB2 MJB2 MXF MFB TQX T2B RN (Tank),a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno owned and handled by Charlene Wiglesworth of Kalamazoo, MI.
  • 12” – MACH12 Keebler's Elfin' Magic MXS4 MJS4 (Keebler),a Pembroke Welsh Corgi owned and handled by Roger O'Sullivan of Gahana, OH.
  • 16” – Dora Doo Winslow AX AXJ OF (Dora),a Shetland Sheepdog owned and handled by Patricia Toro Sarraga of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • 20” – MACH5 Marjo's Demon In The Ruff MXS2 MJG2 MXP2 MJP3 MJPB MXF MFS TQX T2B2 a Brittany owned and handled by Janice Brunner of Wellsville, PA.
  • 24” – MACH7 Gliding High Du Volant MXC2 MJC2 MXF MFB TQX T2B (Glider),a Belgian Sheepdog owned and handled by Nici Parker of Santa Rosa Valley, CA.
  • 8”- Kayangee Dorothy Parker MX MXJ (Dot),a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel handled by Anthony Rotelle
  • 12”- Karmayne Playin With Matches MX MXJ (Fire),a Shetland Sheepdog handled by Natalie Spinsby
  • 16”- Julian's Razor Lazzer MX MXB MXJ OF (Lazer),a Border Collie handled by Destiny Julian
  • 20”- MACH Rival's Stitch In Time HIBS, HIAS, CD (Stitch),a Border Collie handled by Kai Macauley
  • 24”- MACH Smokingold Vibrant Spark MX MXJ UD RE (Vibrant),a Golden Retriever handled by Avery Adams
  • 12”- Rhapsody Enchanting Dart To The Finish Line (Dart),a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel handled by Aaliyah Watkins
  • 16”- Martin's Lola II (Lola),an All American Dog handled by Tasha Martin
  • 24”- Hunter Of The Meadow BN RN CGC (Hunter),a Labrador Retriever handled by Hayley Milliron
  • Open Class Elite Division: Prospect, a Mixed breed owned by Shannon Taaffe (Score: 28'9")
  • Open Class Master Division: Marsoc, a Belgian Malinois owned by Kathryn Schreiner (Score: 25'6")
  • Open Class Senior Division: Fix, a Australian Shepherd owned by Jen Bunker (Score: 23')
  • Open Class Junior Division: Olivia, an Old English Sheepdog owned by Stephanie Getter (Score: 17' 0)
  • Open Class Novice Division: Daisy, a Golden Retriever owned by Sheila Cook (Score: 15' 2)
  • Veteran Class Elite Division: Vhoebe, a Belgian Malinois owned by Lise Ann Strum (Score: 23'6")
  • Veteran Class Master Division: Cody, a Mixed breed owned by Mindy Len(Score: 21')
  • Veteran Class Senior Division: Wilson, a Labrador Retriever owned by Martha Veatch (Score: 20'9")
  • Veteran Class Junior Division: Jake, a Belgian Malinois owned by Doran Lawrence (Score: 15'9")
  • Veteran Class Novice Division: Sophia, a Boxer owned by Mindy Len (Score: 12')
  • Lap Class Elite Division: Gerry, a Jagdterrier owned by Christopher Skinner-Bland (Score: 22'5")
  • Lap Class Master Division: Keira, a English Cocker Spaniel owned by Shana Porter (Score: 17'6")
  • Lap Class Senior Division: Kali, a Jagdterrier owned by William Burns (Score: 12'9")
  • Lap Class Junior Division: Beatrice, a Border Terrier owned by Jessica Reddmann (Score: 10'7)
  • Lap Class Novice Division: Raz, a Pomeranian owned by Katy Chadwick (Score: 5'2")
  • Air Retrieve Open Class Elite Division: Reese, a German Shorthaired Pointer owned by Tammy Strassenberg (Score: 22')
  • Air Retrieve Open Class Master Division: Storie, a Labrador Retriever owned by Ronalee McKnight (Score: 21')
  • Air Retrieve Open Class Senior Division: Sora, a Dutch Shepherd owned by Chad Taylor (Score: 19')
  • Air Retrieve Lap Class: Gerry, a Jagdterrier owned by Christopher Skinner-Bland (Score: 15')
  • Junior (under 17 yrs old) Handler: Duke, a Belgian Malinois owned by Zak Filler (Score: 25')

AKC Juniors Obedience/Rally Classic

Juniors who participated in the AKC Juniors Classic competed in Obedience and/or AKC Rally®

In Obedience, Juniors competed in the Beginner Novice, Preferred Novice and Preferred Open classes twice, based on their AKC obedience accomplishments.

Placing first in their class were:

Obedience

 
In AKC Rally®, Juniors competed in Rally Novice, Rally Advanced or Rally Excellent, based on the dog’s class eligibility (qualifying scores and/or titles earned). 

Placing first in their class were:

Rally

  • Rally Novice: Breanna Durham, Nike D The Perfect Fit For Me CDX PCD GN RN, Australian Shepherd
  • Rally Advanced: Avery Adams, Wyndspell Fireworks CD AX AXJ, Border Collie
  • Rally Excellent: Kaitlyn Scripko, Hidden Valley Black Ty Affair UDX OM2 RE HT MX MXB MXJ MJB MXF T2B, Border Collie

AKC Agility Invitational

Five agility dogs and their owners – one dog/handler team in each of the five height categories – were crowned as the 2016 winners of the AKC Agility Invitational, which brought together 700 dogs from across the country and beyond.

Placing first in their height division (8", 12", 16", 20" and 24" respectively) were:

AKC Juniors Agility Competition

Juniors who participated in the AKC Juniors Agility Competition competed in either the Junior Excellent or Superior Classes, depending on whether they had achieved an agility title.

Placing first in their height division (8", 12", 16", 20" and 24" respectively) in the Junior Excellent class were:

Placing first in their height division (12”, 16" and 24" respectively) in the Junior Superior class were:

North America Diving Dogs/AKC National Championship.

A record entry of more than 700 dogs entered the NADD/AKC National Championship.

The Championship winners include:

 

AKC Breeder of the Year

Alan Kalter and Dr. Chris Lezotte were presented with the 2016 AKC Breeder of the Year Award for their HappyLegs Bullmastiffs at the AKC National Championship on Saturday, December 17, 2016. The annual award honors breeders who have made an impact on their breed and dedicated their lives to improving the health, temperament and quality of purebred dogs.

 

AKC Meet the Breeds®
The Rhodesian Ridgeback booth wonAKC Meet the Breeds® Best Booth in Show.

Click here to download images and video from the AKC National Championship.

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ABOUT THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB

Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.  Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog.  For more information, visit www.akc.org.

AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.


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Dogs from 49 States and 100s of International Exhibitors

Will Vie for Best in Show

NEW YORK, NY (November 22, 2016) – The AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin has drawn record entry numbers in its 16th year. An entry of 4,710 dogs will compete for the title of National Champion on December 17 and 18, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Combined with the other weekend events the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience Classic, AKC National Owner-Handler Series Finals, NADD/AKC Diving Dogs Championship, and the Junior events, the overall show totals top 7,000 entries, making this the largest dog show held in the United States since the AKC 1984 Centennial event and the largest dog show North America.

“The AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin is a one-of-a-kind experience for any dog lover,” said Dennis Sprung, AKC President and Show Chairman.  “With more than 1,000,000 square feet of event space, top canine athletes competing in a wide variety of dog sports, tons of vendors selling unique dog-themed items in time for the holidays, more than 150 AKC Meet the Breeds® booths and more, there is nothing that can compare to this canine extravaganza.” 

Other events in the one million square feet of canine-centric event space during the week of December 13-18, 2016 include the:

2016 Highlights:

Judges: Judge Dr. Anthony DiNardoof West Hartford, Connecticut will select the AKC National Championship Best in Show (BIS) winner. The owner(s) of the BIS winner will receive more than $50,000. Dr. Robert Indeglia of Narragansett, Rhode Island will judge Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show from over 1,000 Bred-by-Exhibitor entries (dogs being shown by their owner/breeder). Best Bred-By Exhibitor in Show will receive $15,000.

 

Television and Streaming Coverage: The AKC National Championship evening competition will be streamed live beginning at 6:00 p.m. each night on www.akc.org, www.royalcanin.com/akcdogshow and live on Fido TV. The show will be televised on the Hallmark Channel on January 23, 2017 6-9 PM ET/PT. The Bred-By Exhibitor groups, Junior Showmanship Finals, Best Miscellaneous, agility and obedience will be taped and available on demand at www.akc.org.

 

AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals: The AKC NOHS Finals Best in Show competition will be judged by Mrs. Paula Nykiel of Washington, Missouri on Saturday, December 17. This invitation-only competition is open to the top ten ranked dogs in the AKC National Owner-Handled Series in each breed/variety from the 2016 qualifying year and drew an entry of 711 dogs. The NOHS Group Finals will be taped and available on demand at www.akc.org.

AKC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BY THE NUMBERS

  • All 190 AKC recognized breeds are entered to compete.
  • 4,710 entries in the AKC National Championship
  • The largest entries include:
    • 141 Golden Retrievers
    • 127 Dachshunds (all varieties)
    • 117 Labrador Retrievers
    • 94 Australian Shepherds
    • 89 Chihuahuas (both varieties)
    • 81 French Bulldogs
    • 68 Rhodesian Ridgebacks
    • 68 Poodles (all varieties)
    • 59 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
    • 56 Rottweilers
  • 711 dogs are entered in the AKC National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) Finals.
  • 121 juniors, ages 9-17, who have met high academic standards and qualification criteria based on year-round competition, will compete in Junior Showmanship.
  • More than 700 dogs will compete in the North America Diving Dogs/AKC National Championship.
  • 248 entries in the two-dayAKC Obedience Classic, including 62 breeds from 35 states, Canada and Puerto Rico
  • 34 Junior Obedience entriesand 38 Junior Rally entries in the AKC Juniors Classic (Saturday, Dec. 17th for Obedience and Sunday, Dec. 18th for Rally)
  • 700 entries in theAKC Agility Invitational, including 161 breeds from 44 states and four countries
  • 77 entries in the AKC Junior Agility Competition (Friday, Dec. 16th)

OBEDIENCE CLASSIC AND AGILITY INVITATIONAL BY THE NUMBERS

To purchase tickets or get more information about the show, visit us at www.akc.org/events/national-championship/ or on Facebook and Twitter.

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ABOUT THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB

Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.  Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog.  For more information, visit www.akc.org.

 

 
Judges for Westminster Week's Four Competitions
Hail From Across the US and Abroad
 
New York - Mr. Thomas H. Bradley, 3d., of Watertown, NY will be awarding the 141st Westminster Kennel Club's Best in Show winner. After a lifetime in the sport, this breed
er, owner and former Westminster Kennel Club Show Chairman will join an elite list of people to preside over "The World's Greatest Dog Show."
 
 
Bradley began his involvement in the sport as a teenager exhibiting and later breeding German Shorthaired Pointers, Pointers and Labrador Retrievers under the Luftnase
kennel name. He owned and handled other breeds over the years including Cairn Terriers, Whippets, Cocker Spaniels and more recently Border Terriers experiencing many wins in the ring. In 1989, he was the co-breeder of the top winning dog in the U.S., a Pointer, Ch. Luftnase Albelarm's Bee's Knees, whose record included capturing the Sporting group at the Westminster show.
 
After 20 years as an exhibitor Bradley received his American Kennel Club license to judge all of the breeds in the Sporting group, Best in Show and Junior Showmanship competitions. His dog sport role changed in 1975 when he joined the Westminster Kennel Club. He held many positions within the club including communications director but is best known for his 15-year tenure as show chairman for the iconic dog show in New York City.
 
In addition to his position managing the main event during Westminster Week, Bradley is also a founding member and Executive Director of Take the Lead a charitable organization established in 1993 to support people in the sport with terminal or life-threatening illnesses.
 
This long-standing dog breeder, owner, handler and judge is also the former president of Thomas H. Bradley, Inc., a wholesale hardware company in Watertown, NY established in 1897 by his grandfather.
 
Mr. Bradley will be selecting his winner from the seven group-winning dogs sent to his ring by a panel of group judges from across the U.S. The group judges officiating at Madison Square Garden the evening of Monday, February 13 will be Mrs. Robert D. (Polly) Smith of St. Stephens Church, VA, Hound; Mrs. Charlotte Patterson of Destin, FL, Toy; Mrs. Anne Bolus of Harrison, TN, Non-Sporting; and Dr. Robert Smith of St. Stephens Church, VA will be judging the Herding group. On Tuesday, February 14 the group judges will be Mrs. Paula Nykiel of Washington, MO, Sporting; Mr. John Ramirez of Downey, CA, Working; and Mr. Kenneth M. McDermott of Newburgh, NY will be judging the Terriers.
 
For the 84th year a Best Junior Handler will be awarded at Westminster. On Tuesday, February 14, Dr. Steven Herman of Dade City, FL will select the winner at Madison Square Garden. The eight Junior Showmanship finalists will be determined in preliminary rounds by Mrs. Mary Ann Alston of Ocean Pines, MD and Mrs. Joan Savage of Banks, OR.
 
Overseeing the 4th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on February 11 will be Mr. Paul Moore of Welford, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom and Ms. Ann Riba of Old Mill Creek, IL.
 
Ms. Lynn F. Eggers of Grapevine, TX will determine the winner of the 2nd Annual Masters Obedience Championship on Monday, February 13.
 
The judging panel for the Best of Breed or Variety competition held at Piers 92/94 in New York City on Monday and Tuesday, February 13-14, 2017 includes:
(Pending American Kennel Club approval)
 
SPORTING BREEDS (32)
 
Mrs. Mary Ann Alston of Ocean Pines, MD: English Springer Spaniels, Lagotti Romagnolo, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Sussex Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels.
 
Dr. Steven Herman of Dade City, FL: American Water Spaniels, Boykin Spaniels, Brittanys, Clumber Spaniels, German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers, Pointers, Weimaraners.
 
Mrs. Joan Savage of Banks, OR: English Setters, Field Spaniels, Flat-Coated Retrievers, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters, Irish Red and White Setters, Irish Water Spaniels, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons.
 
Mr. Terry Stacy of Chapel Hill, NC: Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers.
 
Mr. Mark Threlfall of Merrimack, NH: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly-Coated Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels (all Varieties), English Cocker Spaniels, Spinoni Italiani, Viszlas, Wirehaired Viszlas.
 
HOUND BREEDS (33)
 
Mrs. Mary Ann Alston of Ocean Pines, MD: American English Coonhounds, American Foxhounds, Black and Tan Coonhounds, Bluetick Coonhounds, Cirnechi dell'Etna, English Foxhounds, Harriers, Plott, Portuguese Podengo Pequenos, Redbone Coonhounds, Sloughis, Treeing Walker Coonhounds.
 
Mr. Espen Engh of 3405 Lier, Norway: Beagles (both Varieties) Dachshunds (all Varieties).
 
Mr. Age Gjentes of 3405 Lier, Norway: Borzois, Ibizan Hounds, Whippets.
 
Dr. Steven Herman of Dade City, FL: Afghan Hounds, Bloodhounds, Greyhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds.
 
Mrs. Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna of Pleasant Hill, CA: Basset Hounds.
 
Mr. James Reynolds of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Basenjis, Otterhounds, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens.
 
Mr. Jay Richardson of Elgin, IL: Norwegian Elkhounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
 
WORKING BREEDS (30)
 
Mr. Jon Cole of Nashville, TN: Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Chinooks, Komondorok, Kuvaszok, Leonbergers, Neapolitan Mastiffs, Siberian Huskies.
 
Mrs. Dorothy Collier of Sapphire, NC: Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Great Pyrenees, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers, Samoyeds, Standard Schnauzers.
 
Mrs. Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna of Pleasant Hill, CA: Bernese Mountain Dogs, Boxers, Bullmastiffs, Cane Corsos, Giant Schnauzers, St. Bernards.
 
Mr. Walter Sommerfelt of Lenoir City, TN: Boerboels, Dogues de Bordeaux, German Pinschers, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Tibetan Mastiffs.
 
Ms. Joyce Vanek of Evergreen, CO: Black Russian Terriers, Doberman Pinschers, Great Danes, Mastiffs, Portuguese Water Dogs.
 
TERRIER BREEDS (32)
 
Mr. Jon Cole of Nashville, TN: American Staffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers (both Varieties), Miniature Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
 
Ms. Julie Felten of Wauconda, IL: Kerry Blue Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers, Rat Terriers, Russell Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Standard Manchester Terriers, Welsh Terriers.
 
Mr. Jay Richardson of Elgin, IL: Airedale Terriers, American Hairless Terrier, Border Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Irish Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Scottish Terriers, Smooth Fox Terriers and Wire Fox Terriers.
 
Mr. Bruce Schwartz of Los Angeles, CA: Australian Terriers, Bedlington Terriers, Cesky Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Skye Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, West Highland White Terriers.
 
TOY BREEDS (23)
 
Mr. Espen Engh of 3405 Lier, Norway: Affenpinschers, Pekingese, Pomeranians, Yorkshire Terriers.
 
Mr. Peter Green of Bowmansville, PA: Italian Greyhounds, Toy Poodles, Pugs.
 
Mrs. Jacqueline Stacy of Chapel Hill, NC: Havanese, Japanese Chin, Maltese.
 
Ms. Beth Sweigart of Bowmansville, PA: Brussels Griffons, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Chihuahuas (both Varieties), English Toy Spaniels (both Varieties).
 
Ms. Lee Whittier of Vancouver, WA: Chinese Cresteds, Miniature Pinschers, Papillons, Shih Tzu, Silky Terriers, Toy Fox Terriers, Toy Manchester Terriers.
 
NON-SPORTING BREEDS (21)
 
Mrs. Barbara Alderman of Moon Township, PA: American Eskimo Dogs, Bichon Frises, Chow Chow, Coton De Tulears, Finnish Spitz, French Bulldogs, Lhasa Apsos, Lowchen, Norwegian Lundehunds, Schipperkes, Tibetan Spaniels.
 
Mr. Jon Cole of Nashville, TN: Bulldogs.
 
Mr. Peter Green of Bowmansville, PA: Boston Terriers, Standard Poodles and Toy Poodles.  
 
Mr. Jay Richardson of Elgin, IL: Dalmatians, Keeshonden.
 
Mrs. Jacqueline Stacy of Chapel Hill, NC: Chinese Shar-Pei, Shiba Inu, Tibetan Terriers, Xoloitzcuintlis.
 
HERDING BREEDS (31)
 
Mr. Jon Cole of Nashville, TN: Bouviers des Flandres.
 
Mrs. Dorothy Collier of Sapphire, NC: Australian Shepherds, Bearded Collies, Beaucerons, Briards, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs, Pulik.
 
Mrs. Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna of Pleasant Hill, CA: German Shepherd Dogs, Pumik.
 
Mr. James Reynolds of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Border Collies, Canaan Dogs, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Collies (both Varieties), Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Shetland Sheepdogs.
 
Mr. Walter Sommerfelt of Lenoir City, TN: Australian Cattle Dogs, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Bergamascos, Berger Picards, Entlebucher Mountain Dogs, Finnish Lapphunds, Icelandic Sheepdogs, Miniature American Shepherds, Norwegian Buhunds, Old English Sheepdogs, Pyrenean Shepherds, Spanish Water Dogs, Swedish Vallhunds.
 
 
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About The Westminster Kennel Club - The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.  Established in 1877, Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-breed, benched dog show held every year at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Today, America's dog show has expanded into Westminster Week which includes the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster, both held at Piers 92/94. More than 3,000 dogs from the US and abroad makes Westminster Week like no other. Westminster. There's only one. Visit us at: www.westminsterkennelclub.orgor follow @WKCDOGS.
 
The Westminster Kennel Club Announces 
New Director of Communications
 
 
 
Gail Miller Bisher, a long-time communications professional as well as dog show judge and exhibitor, has been named Director of Communications for The Westminster Kennel Club. She replaces David Frei, who has moved on to other opportunities but will be hosting his last telecast of the Dog Show in 2016 on CNBC (Monday, Feb. 15) and USA Network (Tuesday, Feb. 16) from 8-10pm ET.
 
Bisher (pronounced By-sher) has more than 30 years of experience in the dog world as a handler, trainer, writer and spokesperson. She is an AKC-licensed conformation judge and Canine Good Citizen evaluator, with a background including conformation, obedience, herding and earthdog trials.
 
Professionally, she has handled marketing, business development and public relations for The American Kennel Club as well as various dog websites. She has appeared in major media including NBC's Today show, the New York Times and CNN as well as handling radio media tours nationwide.
 
Bisher's history with The Westminster Kennel Club began when she won second place in Junior Showmanship at the WKC show, and she has worked in the press room and produced video segments at The Westminster Dog Show in past years.
 
"We are delighted to have Gail Bisher as the new face of The Westminster Kennel  Club," said Club President Mr. Sean W. McCarthy. "Her experience in the dog world combined with her high level of qualifications as a Communications professional ensure that the 140-year legacy of The Westminster Kennel Club is in good hands."
 
Westminster Show Chair Mr. Thomas H. Bradley, 3d., seconded the confidence: "Gail is a pleasure to work with as well as a consummate communications pro," he said.
 
For her part, Bisher could not be happier. "For someone who loves dogs as I do, there is nothing more exciting than to be part of The Westminster Kennel Club - the premier organization in our sport and such a strong voice for all dogs," she stated.
 
Assisting Bisher in the Communications Department this year are Katherine Wright, a third-generation terrier breeder and exhibitor, and Terri Cude, who spent many years in dog sports along with having 30+ years' experience in the communications field.
 
 
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