The Westminster Dog Kennel Club Show is including three new dog breeds this year and adding a few feline friends into the mix. But if you imagined various cat breeds parading across the stage at the actual dog show, you were wrong....
Cats won't compete in the actual show, but will be part of a "Meet the Breeds" event on February 11, the Westminster Kennel Club announced at a press conference this week." Meet the Breeds isn’t just dogs lined up and you play with them, there are booths that depict the country and origin of the animal and people decorate the booths," Brandi Hunter VP of public relations for the AKC said. The cats will also take part in an agility competition.In addition to the news of cats at the dog show, three new dog breeds were added to the 2017 show. This year the American Hairless Rerrier, the Pumi, and the Sloughi will take part in the show for the first time.
The Westminster Dog Show takes place in New York City on Feb. 13 and 14, and is expected to feature nearly 3,000 dogs.
Fox Sports Announces its Team of TV Broadcasters for the 2017 Westminster Dog Show...With about a week until the world’s top dogs converge upon New York City’s Madison Square Garden to vie for the coveted title of best in show, FOX Sports has named its team of broadcasters who present the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on FS1 for the first time ever. Westminster Kennel Club Director of Communications Gail Miller Bisher provides expert analysis of the breeds alongside FOX Sports veteran announcer Chris Myers during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday and Tuesday, February 13 and 14 on FS1. Bisher brings to the telecast more than 30 years of experience in the dog world as a handler, writer and spokesperson. An AKC-licensed conformation judge, her background spans conformation, obedience and earthdog trial competitions. Myers has been a member of the FOX Sports family since 1998 and has called NFL, NASCAR, MLB and more for the network. This February, he is part of FOX Sports’ Super Bowl coverage for the fifth time in his impressive career.Also contributing to FS1’s inaugural coverage of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show are social media and backstage correspondent Katie Nolan, backstage reporter Karyn Bryant and host Jenny Taft. Nolan, host of the Emmy Award-winning original program “Garbage Time with Katie Nolan,” will be backstage with the dogs and their handlers as they get ready for their moment in the spotlight and monitors what’s trending on social media. Bryant will also be backstage and interview the winners, while Taft sets the scene for viewers leading up to the action on the arena floor. The 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is televised on FS1 for the first time in the event’s history at 8 p.m. ET on Monday and Tuesday, February 13-14, live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden. -------------------
This a great month for cats and dogs on TV!!February is the month for televised sports events with cat and dog contenders. Kitten Bowl IV will be shown on the Hallmark Channel this Sun., Feb. 5 beginning at noon; while the 2017 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be marking 141 consecutive years. TV coverage Sun., Feb. 10 and Mon. and Tues., Feb. 12-13 will be on Fox Sports Go or National Geographic WILD depending on the event.Kitten Bowl IV is up against the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet and aired hours before that other big football game on FOX with the expensive commercials. During the Kitten Bowls I, II and III, several teams of kittens rumbled and tumbled with tiny footballs while John Sterling (a lousy baseball announcer) and sportscaster/ tennis ace Mary Carillo do the play-by-play commentary. The feline fullbacks tend to climb the goal posts after making touchdowns. The kittens are having so much fun; they tend to ignore the rules.In 2013 Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) added a Masters Agility Championship the Saturday preceding the conformation (breed) show, but agility finals are not televised until the next day. Last year a Masters Obedience Championship debuted on the Monday during daytime breed judging. Monday and Tuesday have traditionally been reserved for breed judging during the day and Group judging of Best of Breed dogs at night. Four Groups (Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, Herding) are judged on Monday night; three Groups (Working, Terrier, Sporting) plus Best In Show (BIS) on Tuesday night.---------------------
Last years Best In Show at Westminster will be back...Last year’s Best In Show at Westminster a German Shorthaired Pointer - Named CJ is competing again. CJ is one of the top-20 show dogs in the US. In recent years, it’s been rare to see the winner of Westminster continue to compete at that level. Most are retired from campaigning after winning the top award.However, this was not so during the early part of WKC history. Best In Show at Westminster was given for the first time in 1907. That year, and for the next two years as well, it went to a female Smooth Fox Terrier named Champion Warren Remedy. She remains the only dog ever to win three times. Six other dogs have won Best In Show twice, the most recent being the English Springer Spaniel, Champion. Chinoe’s Adamant James in 1971 and 1972.--------------------------
Three Most Common Breed Winners for Westminster Kennel Club's Best in Show...The Westminster Kennel Club held their first dog show competition in 1877, and the rest is history. Every February, aficionados wait to see which breed will earn the prize of “Best in Show, ” these three breeds have garnered the most Best In Show wins:
Eager to please, and possessing seemingly boundless energy, the English Springer Spaniel is an especially popular companion to children. Its cheerful temperament also put the Westminster Kennel Club judges in a good enough mood to award this breed from the Sporting group the Best In Show prize six times or third on the list with most wins.Under the moniker “little diehard” the Scottish Terrier stands out from the crowd with its distinctive beard and bushy eyebrows. This short-legged breed from the Terrier group most often sports a dark top coat, this fearless pooch pulls into second place as a WKC Best In Show favorite, boasting eight wins. Having saved the best, or top dog, for last, this spry canine powerhouse has a winning combination of charisma, agility, speed, and a cheerful disposition. The clear winner of winners in Westminster's Best in Show category, the Wire Fox Terrier has swept the award thirteen times!!!Now for the top 3 breeds that have never won... some shockers here...3. Dachshund
2. Golden Retrieverand at #1 - America’s favorite dog for the many years now, Labrador Retrievers have done abysmally at Westminster, placing only 10 times. A Sporting Group breed, Labs were recognized by the AKC in 1917. That’s nearly 100 years in which to accomplish something, Labbies. Perhaps you should spend more time on conformation and less time perfecting your sweet Lab faces!--------------------Who will win this year???---------------------