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This week we are diving into all of our videos with Golden Retrievers. Learn what makes a Golden Retriever a Golden Retriever, see 2020 judging and more.
Best of Breed Minute
 
Get to know the Golden Retriever with Gail Miller Bisher in our Westminster Kennel Club Best of Breed Minute.
Golden Retrievers at the 2020 WKC Dog Show
 
Watch over 40 Golden Retrievers compete for Best of Breed at the 144th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Daniel Makes a Special Visit
 
After his Sporting Group victory at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Daniel made a special visit to Betty at the nursing home.
From The WKC Archives
 
It was a Golden moment when Andy (Ch. Chuckanut Party Favour O Novel) was chosen to be the WKC Sporting Group Winner in 2006.
A Golden Win at the Masters Obedience Championship
 
Meet the Runner-Up at the Masters Obedience Championship in 2017. Peggy McConnell traveled from Dallas, Texas all the way to New York City to compete in the 2017 Masters Obedience Championship.
WESTMINSTER. There's Only One. ®
To see and learn more go to: westminsterkennelclub.org

THE 144th ANNUAL WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW 

EXPANDS TO THREE DAYS IN NEW YORK CITY 

 

Debut Breed Azawakh Joins 204 Breeds Including the Top Three Breeds per Day Dachshunds, Poodles, and Golden Retrievers at America’s Dog Show

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NEW YORK – The Westminster Kennel Club welcomes 204 breeds and varieties among 2,630 entries from 49 states and 19 other countries to its expanded three-day dog show featuring the top three breeds per day—Dachshunds, Poodles, and Golden Retrievers—at Pier 94 in New York City from Sunday to Tuesday, Feb. 9-11, 2020. America’s longest continuously held dog show culminates with Best in Show awarded Tuesday evening during the live three-hour broadcast on FS1 from Madison Square Garden. 

 

Westminster Week kicks off with the Masters Agility Championship on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 with 330 entries followed by the iconic, all-breed, benched dog show including the Junior Showmanship competition with 108 entries. The Masters Obedience Championship with 22 entries will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020.

 

Dachshunds dominate on Sunday with 55 entries (all varieties) during the Hound breeds judging. Historically bred to hunt badgers because of their tenacious hunting spirit and good nose, today’s dogs excel at assisting police with tracking duties and competing with their owners in Earthdog events.  

 

Poodles are paramount on Monday with 43 entries (all varieties) during the Non-Sporting and Toy breeds judging. Originally purpose-bred as a retrieving water dog, the Poodle still retains that job today as well as being a wonderful companion and superstar in the Obedience and Agility rings. 

 

Golden Retrievers grab the top spot on Tuesday with 48 entries during the Sporting breeds judging. Preservation breeders of this traditional bird hunter and field worker are maintaining the breed’s unique characteristics which make them valuable in today’s society as heroes in search-and-rescue work, amazing comfort dogs in the aftermath of tragedy, and brilliant guide dogs for the blind. 

 

Joining the Westminster roster of breeds for the first time is the Azawakh with 6 entries. This slender sighthound and ancient companion of desert-roaming nomads will debut on Sunday during the Hound breeds judging. 

 

The 144th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Sunday-Tuesday, Feb. 9-11, 2020 / Pier 94 / Madison Square Garden 

 

There are 2,630 dogs representing 204 breeds and varieties from 49 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico with the most dogs from California (238), followed by New York (208), Pennsylvania (175), New Jersey (156), Florida (153), Texas (124), and Massachusetts (114). They include Junior Showmanship qualifiers (108) and 101 entries from 19 other countries, topped by Canada (63), Japan (11), and South Korea (5). The farthest entries are from Australia (2) and Thailand (2).

Dog Show Breed Entries by Group 

Sporting (442): Brittanys (19), Lagotti Romagnoli (10), Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes (5), Pointers (17), Pointers (German Shorthaired) (28), Pointers (German Wirehaired) (9), Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay) (13), Retrievers (Curly-Coated) (6), Retrievers (Flat-Coated) (23), Retrievers (Golden) (48), Retrievers (Labrador) (44), Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) (15), Setters (English) (16), Setters (Gordon) (8), Setters (Irish) (14), Setters (Irish Red and White) (11), Spaniels (American Water) (2), Spaniels (Boykin) (5), Spaniels (Clumber) (9), Spaniels (Cocker) A.S.C.O.B. (8), Spaniels (Cocker) Black (9), Spaniels (Cocker) Parti-Color (7), Spaniels (English Cocker) (11), Spaniels (English Springer) (29), Spaniels (Field) (9), Spaniels (Irish Water) (4), Spaniels (Sussex) (7), Spaniels (Welsh Springer) (7), Spinoni Italiani (13), Vizslas (17), Weimaraners (10), Wirehaired Pointing Griffons (5), Wirehaired Vizslas (4).

 

Hound (361): Afghan Hounds (17), American English Coonhounds (2), American Foxhounds (4), Azawakhs (6), Basenjis (13), Basset Hounds (8), Beagles, (13”) (9), Beagles, (15”) (18), Black and Tan Coonhounds (5), Bloodhounds (7), Bluetick Coonhounds (5), Borzois (16), Cirnechi dell'Etna (10), Dachshunds (Longhaired) (16), Dachshunds (Smooth) (23), Dachshunds (Wirehaired) (16), English Foxhounds (1), Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens (3), Greyhounds (9), Harriers (2), Ibizan Hounds (12), Irish Wolfhounds (13), Norwegian Elkhounds (8), Otterhounds (5), Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens (14), Pharaoh Hounds (12), Plotts (7), Portuguese Podengo Pequenos (15), Redbone Coonhounds (7), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (28), Salukis (12), Scottish Deerhounds (6), Sloughis (1), Treeing Walker Coonhounds (8), Whippets (23).

 

Working (399): Akitas (6), Alaskan Malamutes (10), Anatolian Shepherd Dogs (6), Bernese Mountain Dogs (30), Black Russian Terriers (15), Boerboels (5), Boxers (15), Bullmastiffs (16), Cane Corsos (19), Doberman Pinschers (17), Dogues de Bordeaux (8), German Pinschers (4), Giant Schnauzers (15), Great Danes (26), Great Pyrenees (11), Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs (10), Komondorok (1), Kuvaszok (4), Leonbergers (17), Mastiffs (14), Neapolitan Mastiffs (10), Newfoundlands (19), Portuguese Water Dogs (16), Rottweilers (22), St. Bernards (8), Samoyeds (26), Siberian Huskies (22), Standard Schnauzers (15), Tibetan Mastiffs (12).

 

Terrier (314): Airedale Terriers (14), American Hairless Terriers (6), American Staffordshire Terriers (10), Australian Terriers (10), Bedlington Terriers (11), Border Terriers (15), Bull Terriers (Colored) (3), Bull Terriers (White) (2), Cairn Terriers (15), Cesky Terriers (3), Dandie Dinmont Terriers (3), Fox Terriers (Smooth) (15), Fox Terriers (Wire) (12), Glen of Imaal Terriers (4), Irish Terriers (6), Kerry Blue Terriers (18), Lakeland Terriers (7), Manchester Terriers (Standard) (11), Miniature Bull Terriers (11), Miniature Schnauzers (16), Norfolk Terriers (9), Norwich Terriers (14), Parson Russell Terriers (6), Rat Terriers (8), Russell Terriers (14), Scottish Terriers (14), Sealyham Terriers (9), Skye Terriers (3), Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers (10), Staffordshire Bull Terriers (12), Welsh Terriers (5), West Highland White Terriers (18).

 

Toy (359): Affenpinschers (10), Brussels Griffons (14), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (34), Chihuahuas (Long Coat) (19), Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) (16), Chinese Cresteds (28), English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles) (3), English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby) (3), Havanese (19), Italian Greyhounds (12), Japanese Chin (9), Maltese (12), Manchester Terriers (Toy) (9), Miniature Pinschers (11), Papillons (22), Pekingese (11), Pomeranians (27), Poodles (Toy) (11), Pugs (32), Shih Tzu (17), Silky Terriers (9), Toy Fox Terriers (7), Yorkshire Terriers (24). 

 

Non-Sporting (261): American Eskimo Dogs (9), Bichons Frises (26), Boston Terriers (24), Bulldogs (8), Chinese Shar-Pei (10), Chow Chows (11), Cotons de Tulear (6), Dalmatians (16), Finnish Spitz (8), French Bulldogs (32), Keeshonden (10), Lhasa Apsos (10), Lowchen (5), Norwegian Lundehunds (3), Poodles (Miniature) (11), Poodles (Standard) (21), Schipperkes (6), Shiba Inu (9), Tibetan Spaniels (10), Tibetan Terriers (16), Xoloitzcuintli (10).

 

Herding (364): Australian Cattle Dogs (10), Australian Shepherds (28), Bearded Collies (18), Beaucerons (10), Belgian Malinois (12), Belgian Sheepdogs (4), Belgian Tervuren (13), Bergamasco Sheepdogs (7), Berger Picards (13), Border Collies (24), Bouviers des Flandres (5), Briards (6), Canaan Dogs (4), Cardigan Welsh Corgis (19), Collies (Rough) (18), Collies (Smooth) (11), Entlebucher Mountain Dogs (2), Finnish Lapphunds (10), German Shepherd Dogs (13), Icelandic Sheepdogs (7), Miniature American Shepherds (28), Norwegian Buhunds (7), Old English Sheepdogs (8), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (25), Polish Lowland Sheepdogs (11), Pulik (6), Pumik (9), Pyrenean Shepherds (7), Shetland Sheepdogs (17), Spanish Water Dogs (9), Swedish Vallhunds (3).

 

Dog Show Entries by Location

States (49): Alaska (8), Alabama (23), Arkansas (11), Arizona (18), California (238), Colorado (48), Connecticut (99), Delaware (18), Florida (153), Georgia (68), Hawaii (10), Idaho (14), Illinois (58), Indiana (37), Iowa (15), Kansas (10), Kentucky (31), Louisiana (22), Maine (6), Maryland (75), Massachusetts (114), Michigan (77), Minnesota (38), Mississippi (6), Missouri (31), Montana (6), Nebraska (4), Nevada (15), New Hampshire (17), New Jersey (156), New Mexico (3), New York (208), North Carolina (79), Ohio (103), Oklahoma (21), Oregon (17), Pennsylvania (175), Rhode Island (18), South Carolina (44), South Dakota (3), Tennessee (45), Texas (124), Utah (6), Vermont (12), Virginia (103), Washington (81), West Virginia (6), Wisconsin (46), Wyoming (1). Other: Washington D.C. (8), Puerto Rico (1).

 

Other Countries (19): Argentina (2), Australia (2), Belgium (1), Bermuda (1), Brazil (2), Canada (63), Chile (2), Columbia (1), Costa Rica (1), Croatia (1), Germany (1), Guatemala (1), Japan (11), Lithuania (2), Mexico (2), Russia (1), South Korea (5), Sweden (1), and Thailand (1).

 

7th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 at Pier 94

 

There are 330 dogs entered representing 71 breeds and 35 states with the most coming from New York (49), New Jersey (47), Pennsylvania (24), Ohio (23), and Virginia (23). The top five entries are Border Collies (44), Shetland Sheepdogs (32), Golden Retrievers (25), All-American Dogs (23), and Papillons (21).

 

Agility Entries by Breed

Breeds (71): All-American Dogs (23), American Eskimo Dogs (2), American Hairless Terriers (1), American Staffordshire Terriers (1), Australian Cattle Dogs (1), Australian Shepherds (19), Beaucerons (1), Bedlington Terriers (1), Belgian Malinois (1), Belgian Tervuren (2), Berger Picards (1), Bichons Frises (5), Border Collies (44), Borzoi (1), Boston Terriers (5), Boxers (5), Boykin Spaniels (1), Brittanys (1), Bull Terriers (1), Cardigan Welsh Corgis (2), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (5), Chesapeake Bay Retrievers (1), Chinese Cresteds (4), Cocker Spaniels (8), Cotons de Tulear (1), Dachshunds (2), Dalmatians (4), Danish Swedish Farmdogs (2), Doberman Pinschers (2), English Cocker Spaniels (2), English Springer Spaniels (5), Fox Terriers (1), German Shepherd Dogs (2), German Shorthaired Pointers (1), Golden Retrievers (25), Havanese (2), Icelandic Sheepdogs (1), Irish Red & White Setters (1), Irish Setters (1) Keeshonden (1), Kerry Blue Terriers (1), Labrador Retrievers (10), Maltese (1), Manchester Terriers (3), Miniature American Shepherds (10), Miniature Pinschers (2), Miniature Schnauzers (5), Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers (4), Papillons (21), Parson Russell Terriers (2), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (5), Pomeranians (3), Poodles (14), Portuguese Water Dogs (1), Pugs (1), Rat Terriers (2), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (1), Rottweilers (2), Rough Collies (2), Salukis (1), Scottish Terriers (3), Shetland Sheepdogs (32), Shiba Inu (2), Siberian Huskies (3), Soft-Coated Wheaton Terriers (1), Toy Fox Terriers (1), Vizslas (3), Weimaraners (1), Welsh Terriers (1), West Highland White Terriers (2), Wire Fox Terriers (1), and Yorkshire Terriers (1). 

 

Agility Entries by Location

States (35): Alabama (1) Arizona (1), California (13), Colorado (1), Connecticut (21), Delaware (2), Florida (9), Georgia (3), Illinois (10), Indiana (5), Kentucky (2), Maine (1), Massachusetts (27), Maryland (7), Michigan (6), Minnesota (2), Missouri (2), North Carolina (8), Nebraska (1), New Hampshire (11), New Jersey (47), New Mexico (3), Nevada (1), New York (49), Ohio (23), Pennsylvania (24), Rhode Island (2), South Carolina (2),Tennessee (4), Texas (6), Virginia (23), Vermont (3), Washington (3), Wisconsin (2), West Virginia (4), and Canada (1). 

 

***As of January 3, 2020 we have reached 330 entries. The Agility entry numbers are subject to change until the secondary cancellation date of January 20, 2020.***

 
 

5th Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster Entries

Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 at Pier 94

 

There are 22 dogs entered from 13 states led by New Jersey (6) and Illinois (3). The top breeds are Border Collies (8) and Labrador Retrievers (3).

 

Obedience Entries by Breed

Breeds (10): Belgian Tervuren (2), Border Collies (8), German Shepherd Dogs (1), Miniature American Shepherds (1), Papillons (1), Poodles (2), Retrievers (Golden) (2), Retrievers (Labrador) (3), Shetland Sheepdogs (1) and Spaniels (English Springer) (1).

 

Obedience Entries by Location

States (13): Connecticut (2), Florida (1), Georgia (2), Illinois (3), Indiana (1), Iowa (1), Maryland (1), Minnesota (1), New Jersey (6), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (1), Texas (1), and West Virginia (1).

 
 

 *** All entry counts are subject to final AKC audit ***

 

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The Westminster Kennel Club, established in 1877, is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-breed, benched dog show held annually in New York City. Each year, 205 dog breeds and varieties — highlighting preservation breeders and purpose-bred dogs — are eligible to compete in the dog show at Pier 94. Best of Breed winners advance to the Group and Best in Show competitions at Madison Square Garden. 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 Pier 94. Nearly 3,000 dogs entered from around the world compete in these events, making Westminster Week like no other. Westminster. There's only one.(R)  Follow us, @WKCDOGS, or visit: westminsterkennelclub.org.

 

 

LEGENDARY DOG HANDLER TO DETERMINE BEST IN SHOW

AT 143RD WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW

Peter J. Green Headlines Judging Panel

for Westminster Week 2019

New York, NY - Mr. Peter J. Green of Bowmansville, Pennsylvania has been selected for the ultimate judging assignment in the sport of dogs, Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Held on Feb. 11 and 12, 2019, "America's Dog Show" will attract up to 2800 dogs all vying for the Best in Show win. Mr. Green, an owner, breeder and professional handler with 60 years of experience in the sport, will make that final decision on the floor of Madison

Square Garden.

 

A native of Neath, Wales, Mr. Green started showing dogs as a boy in 1946. He was introduced to the sport by his uncle who owned Felstead kennels and was a renowned Welsh terrier breeder. Mr. Green emigrated to the U.S. permanently in 1963 andwas a private handler for Pool

Forgekennels in Churchtown, Pennsylvania.

 

After years of honing his craft of maintaining a proper terrier coat and handling dogs to top wins, he launched a long and storied career as a professional handler in 1966. Mr. Green is recognized by many as the most accomplished dog handler in the sport today. During his career as a professional handler he tied the record for a handler achieving four Best in Show victories at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (1968, 1977, 1994, and 1998). He also won Best in Show at Crufts in Birmingham (2005), England, the largest dog show in the world, making him one of only two handlers to steer a dog to Best in Show at both Westminster and Crufts. Additionally, he piloted dogs to Best in Show wins nine times at the highly-competitive, Montgomery County Kennel Club Terrier Show in Pennsylvania.

 

In addition to setting records, Mr. Green has impacted the sport by mentoring many of the top winning handlers dominating the dog show rings today. Achievements of several of these handlers include going Best in Show and winning groups at Westminster.

 

Although known as a tough competitor in the ring, Mr. Green is highly recognized in the sport and by the fancy as always lending a helping hand to support the dog show community and its events. The sport has in turn honored him with numerous top handler awards throughout his career and presented him the AKC Lifetime Achievement Award and Dogs in Review Lifetime Achievement Award.Known not only as an expert in the world of terriers but also in canine conformation, Mr. Green retired from professional handling in 2006 to begin his judging career which has taken him around the world. In 2019 his Westminster judging assignment will produce another record, as he will become the only person to have handled a dog to Best in Show and judged Best in Show at both Westminster and Crufts. Next February will be his seventh judging assignment at Westminster including judging the Terrier group in 2009.

 

Mr. Green will be awarding the Best in Show ribbon to one of the seven group-winning dogs sent to him by a star-studded line up of group judges. The group judging held at Madison Square Garden the evening of Monday, Feb. 11th will be officiated by Ms. Patricia Craige Trotter of Carmel, California for the Hound group; Ms. Sharon Newcomb of Sante Fe, New Mexico for the Toy group; Mr. Mark R. Kennedy of Murrysville, Pennsylvania for the Non-Sporting group; and Ms. Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine of Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the Herding group.

 

On Tuesday, Feb. 12th the group judges will be Mr. Douglas Johnson of Bloomington, Indiana for the Sporting group; Mr. James Moses of Wentzville, Missouri for the Working group; and Ms. Christine Erickson of Mesa, Arizona for the Terrier group.

 

For the 86th year, a Best Junior Handler will be awarded at Westminster. On Tuesday, Feb. 12th Ms. Angela Lloyd of Amissville, Virginia will select the winner at Madison Square Garden. The eight junior showmanship finalists will be determined in preliminary rounds by Ms. Victoria R. Seiler-Cushman of Beavercreek, Ohio, and Dr. Donald Sturz of Centerport, New York.

 

Presiding over the 6th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Saturday, Feb. 9th will be Ms. Christine Bishop of Port Charlotte, Florida and Mr. Steve Croxford of Leicestershire, United Kingdom.

 

Ms. Diane Schultz of Ormond Beach, Florida will determine the winner of the 4th Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Monday, Feb. 11th.

 

All daytime preliminary breed and junior showmanship judging, agility and obedience competitions will be held at Piers 92 and 94 in New York City. All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan®.

 

Pending American Kennel Club approval, the judging panel for the Best of Breed or Variety competitions on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 11 and 12, 2019 includes:

SPORTING BREEDS (33)

 

Mr. Thomas H. Bradley, 3d of Watertown, NY: Brittanys, Pointers.


Mr. Michael Canalizo of Mill Neck, NY: English Setters, Golden Retrievers, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters.

 

Mrs. Kendall Herr of Gainesville, TX: Labrador Retrievers.

 

Mr. Geir Flyckt-Pedersen of Raleigh, NC: Cocker Spaniels (all Varieties), English Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels, German Shorthaired Pointers.

 

Ms. Victoria R. Seiler-Cushman of Beavercreek, OH: Weimaraners.

 

Ms. Debra Thornton of Scottsville, VA: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly-Coated Retrievers, Flat-Coated Retrievers, German Wirehaired Pointers, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Lagotti Romagnoli.

 

Mrs. Cindy Vogels of Greenwood Village, CO: American Water Spaniels, Boykin Spaniels, Clumber Spaniels, Field Spaniels, Irish Red and White Setters, Irish Water Spaniels, Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes, Spinoni Italiani, Sussex Spaniels, Vizslas, Welsh Springer Spaniels, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, Wirehaired Vizslas.

 

HOUND BREEDS (34)

 

Mr. Michael Canalizo of Mill Neck, NY: Afghan Hounds, Basenjis, Basset Hounds, Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens, Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens.

 

Mr. Jamie Hubbard of Bloomington, IN: Borzois, Greyhounds, Otterhounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds, Sloughis, Whippets.

 

Mr. William P. Shelton of Pomona, CA: Portuguese Podengo Pequenos, Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

 

Dr. Donald Sturz, Jr. of Centerport, NY: Beagles (both Varieties), Dachshunds (all Varieties).

 

Ms. Debra Thornton of Scottsville, VA: American English Coonhounds, American Foxhounds, Black and Tan Coonhounds, Bloodhounds, Bluetick Coonhounds, Cirnechi dell'Enta, English Foxhounds, Harriers, Ibizan Hounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Norwegian Elkhounds, Plotts, Redbone Coonhounds, Treeing Walker Coonhounds.

WORKING BREEDS (30)

 

Mr. Douglas R. Holloway, Jr. of Newark, DE: Alaskan Malamutes, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Boerboels, Cane Corsos, Chinooks, Dogues de Bordeaux, German Pinschers, Great Pyrenees, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Komondorok, Kuvaszok.

 

Dr. Niksa R. Lemo of Zagreb, Croatia: Black Russian Terriers, Bullmastiffs, Giant Schnauzers, Mastiffs, Neapolitan Mastiffs, Samoyeds, Standard Schnauzers, Tibetan Mastiffs.

 

Ms. Victoria R. Seiler-Cushman of Beavercreek, OH: Akitas, Boxers, Great Danes, Rottweilers, Siberian Huskies.

 

Mr. William P. Shelton of Pomona, CA: Bernese Mountain Dogs, Doberman Pinschers, Leonbergers, Newfoundlands, Portuguese Water Dogs, Saint Bernards.

 

TERRIER BREEDS (32)

 

Mr. Michael J. Dougherty of Hot Springs, NC: Irish Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Scottish Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers.

 

Mr. Alfred J. Ferruggiaro of Burtonsville, MD: Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers, Rat Terriers, Russell Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Skye Terriers, Welsh Terriers, West Highland White Terriers.

 

Mrs. Knowlton A. Reynders of Newbury, NH: Airedale Terriers, American Hairless Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Australian Terriers, Bedlington Terriers, Border Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Standard Manchester Terriers.

 

Mr. James G. Reynolds of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Bull Terriers (both Varieties), Cesky Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Smooth Fox Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Wire Fox Terriers.

 

TOY BREEDS (23)

 

Mr. Michael Canalizo of Mill Neck, NY: Toy Poodles.

 

Ms. Evalyn Gregory of Louisville, KY: Chihuahuas (both Varieties), Papillons, Pekingese, Pomeranians, Shih Tzu.

 

Mrs. Rita Holloway of Newark, DE: Affenpinschers, Brussels Griffons, Chinese Cresteds, English Toy Spaniels (both Varieties), Havanese.

Ms. Elaine J. Lessig of Clinton, NJ: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Italian Greyhounds, Japanese Chin, Maltese, Miniature Pinschers, Toy Manchester Terriers.

 

Mrs. Cindy Vogels of Greenwood Village, CO: Pugs, Silky Terriers, Toy Fox Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers.

 

NON-SPORTING BREEDS (21)

 

Mr. Michael Canalizo of Mill Neck, NY: Miniature Poodles, Standard Poodles.

 

Mr. Michael J. Dougherty of Hot Springs, NC: French Bulldogs, Keeshonden, Lhasa Apsos, Tibetan Terriers.

Mr. Geir Flyckt-Pedersen of Raleigh, NC: Dalmatians, Finnish Spitz.

 

Ms. Victoria R. Seiler-Cushman of Beavercreek, OH: Boston Terriers, Chinese Shar-Pei.

 

Ms. Sari Brewster Tietjen of Rhinebeck, NY: American Eskimo Dogs, Bichon Frises, Bulldogs, Chow Chows, Cotons de Tulear, Lowchen, Norwegian Lundehunds, Schipperkes, Shiba Inu, Tibetan Spaniels, Xoloitzcuintlis.

HERDING BREEDS (31)

 

Dr. Niksa R. Lemo of Zagreb, Croatia: Beaucerons, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Bergamasco Sheepdogs, Berger Picards, Entlebucher Mountain Dogs, Icelandic Sheepdogs, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs, Spanish Water Dogs, Swedish Vallhunds.

 

Ms. Sheree W. Moses of Wardensville, WV: Australian Cattle Dogs, Australian Shepherds, Bouvier des Flanders, Finnish Lapphunds, German Shepherd Dogs, Pulik, Pyrenean Shepherds.

 

Mr. William P. Shelton of Pomona, CA: Briards, Canaan Dogs, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Miniature American Shepherds.

 

Mr. Robert H. Slay of Cary, NC: Bearded Collies, Border Collies, Collies (both Varieties), Norwegian Buhunds, Old English Sheepdogs, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Shetland Sheepdogs.

 

Ms. Debra Thornton of Scottsville, VA: Pumik.

 

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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: westminsterkennelclub.org or follow @WKCDOGS.

 

 

WESTMINSTER. There's Only One.

 

 
Multiple Telecasts on FOX, FS1 and Nat Geo WILD Highlight Westminster Week Events on February 11-13, 2018
 
New York, NY - The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show made its first appearance on television in 1948. To celebrate 70 years of sharing our passion for dogs with television audiences at home, Westminster along with its broadcast partner, FOX Sports, will air three consecutive days of expanded television coverage on three channels - FOX, FS1 and Nat Geo WILD. More than 3,200 dogs entered across three dog sports will entertain, enamor and excite dog lovers around the world.
 
Viewers will be able to tune into the FOX broadcast network for the first time to catch expanded coverage of the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster finals on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 from 2 pm to 4:30 pm EST. Daytime viewers will enjoy expanded select live coverage of the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and 3rd Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Nat Geo WILD on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 12-13, 2018 from 1 pm to 4 pm EST. The coveted Groups and Best in Show live telecast will continue on FS1 on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 8 pm to 11 pm EST.
 
For 2018, the dog show and obedience entries increased and 10 more agility entries will compete in the final round. The 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show reached its conformation entry limit of 2,800. There will be a total of 2,882 dogs at the show representing 2,919 entries which includes 95 junior showmanship qualifiers and 24 obedience teams in the 3rd Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. There are also 330 agility teams entered in the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.
 
NEW Channel / Expanded Agility Finals Coverage from Pier 94 on FOX
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 / 2 pm to 4:30 pm EST
 
It took a mere eight hours for the 330 invited agility dogs to fill the entry at the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster. But viewers of this fast-paced sport will have an additional half hour in the expanded telecast to watch dogs and handlers race against the clock over a challenging obstacle course. The finals also expanded from 10 to 12 finalists from each height division for a new total of 60 dogs in the Championship Round from where the Masters Agility Champion will emerge.
 
Expanded LIVE Coverage from Pier 94 on Nat Geo WILD
Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 12-13, 2018 / 1 pm to 4 pm EST
 
During the day, an extra hour of live selected daytime coverage on Nat Geo WILD from Pier 94 has been added to the telecast from 1 pm to 4 pm EST. Dogs from all 50 states, the most from the West Coast and beyond, with California (240), Alaska (7) and Hawaii (7) as well as 136 dogs from 16 other countries, including 102 from Canada will compete in breed competition at the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Selected live coverage of the 3rd Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Monday, Feb. 12, will feature dogs from 16 states, including Illinois (3) and Indiana (2), New York (2), South Carolina (2), Pennsylvania (2) and Tennessee (2). New this year, all handlers and dogs will compete in both the preliminary exercises and popular freestyle performance rounds to determine the 2018 Masters Obedience Champion.
 
LIVE from Madison Square Garden on FS1
Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 12-13, 2018 / 8 pm to 11 pm EST
 
The 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show evening group competitions will once again be telecast live on FS1 Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 12-13, 2018 from 8 pm to 11 pm EST. Viewers will see best of breed winners from among the 201 Breeds and Varieties entered. Seven group winners will vie for the coveted Best-in-Show moment at Madison Square Garden. Hounds, Toys, Non-Sporting, and Herding groups compete on Monday night. Working, Sporting, and Terrier groups as well as Best in Show will occur on Tuesday night.
 
Top Breeds By Sport
Dog Show Entries: Golden Retrievers (52), followed by French Bulldogs (48), Labrador Retrievers (46), Vizslas (45), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (43), Whippets (42), Australian Shepherds (37), Bernese Mountain Dogs (35), Doberman Pinschers (35), and German Shorthaired Pointers (34). Agility Entries: Border Collies (55), Shetland Sheepdogs (34), All-American Dogs (29), Golden Retrievers (18), Australian Shepherds (18), Poodles (18), and Papillons (15). Obedience Entries: Golden Retrievers (9), Border Collies (3) and Labrador Retrievers (3).
 
Meet & Compete: On Saturday, Feb. 10, the Meet & Compete event featuring the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the 9th Annual AKC Meet the Breeds® 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 150 dog and cat breeds and learn about responsible pet ownership. Information: For tickets to all events and the telecast and live streaming video schedules visit westminsterkennelclub.org.
 
All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan®.

The 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 12-13, 2018 / Pier 92/94 / Madison Square Garden
 
There are 2,882 dogs from 50 states and Washington D.C. with the most dogs from California (240), followed by New York (238), Pennsylvania (195), New Jersey (175), Florida (153), Virginia (135), Connecticut (128), Texas (121), Massachusetts (117), and Ohio (115). They include Junior Showmanship qualifiers (95) and 136 entries from 16 other countriestopped by Canada (102), Mexico (7), Japan (7), and Russia (5). The farthest entries are from Australia (1) and China (1).
 
Dog Show Breed Entries by Group

Sporting breeds (527): Brittanys (16), Lagotti Romagnoli (7), Pointers (17), Pointers (German Shorthaired) (34), Pointers (German Wirehaired) (7), Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay) (12), Retrievers (Curly-Coated) (7), Retrievers (Flat-Coated) (29), Retrievers (Golden) (52), Retrievers (Labrador) (46), Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) (21), Setters (English) (21), Setters (Gordon) (9), Setters (Irish) (22), Setters (Irish Red & White) (8), Spaniels (American Water) (2), Spaniels (Boykin) (3), Spaniels (Clumber) (3), Spaniels (Cocker) ASCOB (6), Spaniels (Cocker) Black (10), Spaniels (Cocker) Parti-Color (13), Spaniels (English Cocker) (18), Spaniels (English Springer) (30), Spaniels (Field) (12), Spaniels (Irish Water) (9), Spaniels (Sussex) (7), Spaniels (Welsh Springer) (13), Spinoni Italiani (12), Vizslas (45), Weimaraners (16), Wirehaired Pointing Griffons (13), Wirehaired Vizslas (7).
 
Hound breeds (409): Afghan Hounds (17), American English Coonhounds (2), American Foxhounds (7), Basenjis (19), Basset Hounds (11), Beagles (13") (7), Beagles (15") (20), Black and Tan Coonhounds (2), Bloodhounds (8), Bluetick Coonhounds (11), Borzois (19), Cirnechi dell'Etna (11), Dachshunds (Longhaired) (16), Dachshunds (Smooth) (18), Dachshunds (Wirehaired) (22), English Foxhounds (1), Greyhounds (14), Harriers (3), Ibizan Hounds (6), Irish Wolfhounds (11), Norwegian Elkhounds (8), Otterhounds (4), Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens (14), Pharaoh Hounds (15), Plotts (4), Portuguese Podengo Pequenos (17), Redbone Coonhounds (3), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (43), Salukis (19), Scottish Deerhounds (5), Sloughis (1), Treeing Walker Coonhounds (9), Whippets (42).
 
Working breeds (477): Akitas (12), Alaskan Malamutes (16), Anatolian Shepherd Dogs (4), Bernese Mountain Dogs (35), Black Russian Terriers (14), Boerboels (3), Boxers (17), Bullmastiffs (26), Cane Corsos (21), Doberman Pinschers (35), Dogues de Bordeaux (12), German Pinschers (12), Giant Schnauzers (12), Great Danes (28), Great Pyrenees (14), Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs (16), Komondorok (1), Kuvaszok (3), Leonbergers (16), Mastiffs (21), Neapolitan Mastiffs (5), Newfoundlands (17), Portuguese Water Dogs (18), Rottweilers (31), Samoyeds (26), Siberian Huskies (23), St. Bernards (8), Standard Schnauzers (20), Tibetan Mastiffs (11).
 
Terrier breeds (333): Airedale Terriers (23), American Hairless Terriers (8), American Staffordshire Terriers (8), Australian Terriers (12), Bedlington Terriers (9), Border Terriers (13), Bull Terriers (Colored) (3), Bull Terriers (White) (4), Cairn Terriers (12), Cesky Terriers (13), Dandie Dinmont Terriers (3), Fox Terriers (Smooth) (18), Fox Terriers (Wire) (12), Glen of Imaal Terriers (7), Irish Terriers (5), Kerry Blue Terriers (14), Lakeland Terriers (9), Manchester Terriers (Standard) (10), Miniature Bull Terriers (8), Miniature Schnauzers (26), Norfolk Terriers (4), Norwich Terriers (16), Parson Russell Terriers (7), Rat Terriers (17), Russell Terriers (13), Scottish Terriers (7), Sealyham Terriers (6), Skye Terriers (6), Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers (10), Staffordshire Bull Terriers (14), Welsh Terriers (4), West Highland White Terriers (12).
 
Toy breeds (373): Affenpinschers (9), Brussels Griffons (11), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (32), Chihuahuas (Long Coat) (23), Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) (18), Chinese Cresteds (31), English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles) (6), English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby) (8), Havanese (24), Italian Greyhounds (20), Japanese Chin (13), Maltese (14), Manchester Terriers (Toy) (7), Miniature Pinschers (12), Papillons (14), Pekingese (12), Pomeranians (24), Poodles (Toy) (10), Pugs (22), Shih Tzu (15), Silky Terriers (11), Toy Fox Terriers (12), Yorkshire Terriers (25).
 
Non-Sporting breeds (297): American Eskimo Dogs (12), Bichon Frises (12), Boston Terriers (16), Bulldogs (22), Chinese Shar-Pei (9), Chow Chows (10), Cotons de Tulear (8), Dalmatians (26), Finnish Spitz (5), French Bulldogs (48), Keeshonden (16), Lhasa Apsos (14), Lowchen (2), Norwegian Lundehunds (2), Poodles (Miniature) (9), Poodles (Standard) (25), Schipperkes (8), Shiba Inu (14), Tibetan Spaniels (12), Tibetan Terriers (16), Xoloitzcuintlis (11).
 
Herding breeds (384): Australian Cattle Dogs (15), Australian Shepherds (37), Bearded Collies (19), Beaucerons (8), Belgian Malinois (16), Belgian Sheepdogs (8), Belgian Tervuren (8), Bergamasco Sheepdogs (7), Berger Picards (19), Border Collies (12), Bouviers des Flandres (10), Briards (17), Canaan Dogs (2), Cardigan Welsh Corgis (24), Collies (Rough) (21), Collies (Smooth) (15), Entlebucher Mountain Dogs (6), Finnish Lapphunds (6), German Shepherd Dogs (14), Icelandic Sheepdogs (7), Miniature American Shepherds (19), Norwegian Buhunds (7), Old English Sheepdogs (10), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (21), Polish Lowland Sheepdogs (13), Pulik (3), Pumik (10), Pyrenean Shepherds (6), Shetland Sheepdogs (11), Spanish Water Dogs (8), Swedish Vallhunds (5).
 
Dog Show Entries by Location
States (50):Alaska (7), Alabama (14), Arkansas (3), Arizona (26), California (240), Colorado (47), Connecticut (128), Delaware (14), Florida (153), Georgia (54), Hawaii (7), Idaho (12), Illinois (68), Indiana (40), Iowa (18), Kansas (14), Kentucky (22), Louisiana (27), Maine (20), Maryland (75), Massachusetts (117), Michigan (89), Minnesota (35), Mississippi (7), Missouri (21), Montana (5), Nebraska (4), Nevada (9), New Hampshire (26), New Jersey (175), New Mexico (9), New York (238), North Carolina (96), North Dakota (1), Ohio (115), Oklahoma (36), Oregon (28), Pennsylvania (195), Rhode Island (19), South Carolina (47), South Dakota (2), Tennessee (40), Texas (121), Utah (8), Vermont (20), Virginia (135), Washington (89), West Virginia (10), Wisconsin (50), Wyoming (5). Other: Washington D.C. (4).
 
Other Countries (16): Australia (1), Brazil (1), Canada (102), China (1), Columbia (1), Costa Rica (1), Finland (1), Germany (1), Greece (2), Italy (1), Japan (7), Mexico (7), Russia (5), South Korea (3), Spain (1), and Sweden (1).
 
5th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at Pier 94
 
There are 330 dogs entered representing 66 breeds and 28 states with the most coming from New Jersey (77), New York (75) and Pennsylvania (33). The top 5 entries are Border Collies (55), Shetland Sheepdogs (34), All-American Dogs (29), Australian Shepherd (18), Golden Retrievers (18), and Poodles (18).
 
Agility Entries by Breed
Breeds (66)All-American Dogs (29), American Eskimo Dogs (2), American Staffordshire Terriers (1), Australian Cattle Dogs (1), Australian Shepherds (18), Basenjis (1), Beagles (1), Bearded Collies (6), Bedlington Terriers (1), Belgian Malinois (1), Belgian Sheepdogs (2), Belgian Tervuren (2), Berger Picards (1), Bernese Mountain Dogs (2), Bichon Frises (5), Biewer Terriers (1), Border Collies (55), Boxers (1), Brittanys (1), Bull Terriers (1), Carin Terriers (1), Cardigan Welsh Corgis (3), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (10), Chihuahuas (3), Cocker Spaniels (6), Curly-Coated Retrievers (1), Dachshunds (3), Dalmatians (2), Doberman Pinschers (1), English Cocker Spaniels (7), Finnish Lapphunds (1), Flat-Coated Retrievers (1), Fox Terriers (1), German Shepherd Dogs (4), German Shorthaired Pointers (1), Golden Retrievers (18), Irish Red & White Setters (1), Irish Setters (1) Italian Greyhounds (2), Keeshonden (1), Labrador Retrievers (11), Manchester Terriers (2), Miniature American Shepherds (4), Miniature Pinschers (2) Miniature Schnauzers (1), Norfolk Terriers (2), Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers (1), Papillons (15), Parson Russell Terriers (5), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (6), Pomeranians (3), Poodles (18), Portuguese Water Dogs (1), Pugs (1), Rat Terriers (3), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (1), Rottweilers (2), Salukis (1), Scottish Terriers (2), Shetland Sheepdogs (34), Shiba Inu (2), Siberian Huskies (1), Staffordshire Bull Terriers (1), Toy Fox Terriers (3), Vizslas (1), West Highland White Terriers (5), Yorkshire Terriers (2).
 
Agility Entries by Location
States (28): Arizona (4), California (16), Colorado (2), Connecticut (22), Delaware (4), Florida (4), Illinois (4), Indiana (2), Kentucky (2), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (5), Maryland (9), Michigan (1), Missouri (2), North Carolina (4), New Hampshire (7), New Jersey (77), New Mexico (2), Nevada (1), New York (75), Ohio (19), Pennsylvania (33), Rhode Island (2), Texas (7), Virginia (21), Vermont (1), Washington (1), Wisconsin (2).
 
3rd Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster Entries
Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 at Pier 94
 
There are 24 dogs entered from 16 states led by Illinois (3) and Indiana (2), New York (2), South Carolina (2), Pennsylvania (2), and Tennessee (2). Golden Retrievers (9) are the most entered followed by Border Collies (3) and Labrador Retrievers (3).
 
Obedience Entries by Breed
All-American Dogs (1), Border Collies (3), Chinese Cresteds (1), German Shepherd Dogs (1), German Shorthaired Pointers (1), Miniature American Shepherds (1) Papillons (1), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (1), Poodles (Toy) (1), Retrievers (Golden) (9), Retrievers (Labrador) (3), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (1).
 
Obedience Entries by Location
States (16): Connecticut (1), Florida (1), Illinois (3), Indiana (2), Maryland (1), Minnesota (1), Missouri (1), North Carolina (1), New Jersey (1), New York (2), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (1), Washington (1), West Virginia (1).
 
*** All entry counts are subject to final AKC 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 make Westminster Week like no other. Westminster. There's only one. Visit us at: www.westminsterkennelclub.org or follow
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About Meet the Breeds: From Afghan Hounds to the Turkish Van and everything in between, AKC Meet the Breeds® is brought to you by exclusive pet care sponsor Purina Pro Plan. The ninth annual event gives pet lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with more than 150 different dog and cat 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 pet ownership and which breeds may be right for them. Event sponsors include AKC Pet Insurance, Motel 6, AKCSM Visa® Card and Pet Brands, Inc. For more information, visit www.akc.org/meetthebreeds.
 

Gail Miller Bisher is the director of communications for the Westminster Kennel Club.

Bisher has been a media professional for many years and has had life-long involvement in canine sport, getting her start in the sport in Junior Showmanship, where she once won second place at Westminster. She is an AKC-licensed conformation judge and a Canine Good Citizen evaluator.

"As the new ‘face' of the Westminster Kennel Club, I look forward to continuing a legacy of quality and prestige while increasing our brand’s presence and audience size," she said.

"It’s an honor to return to the Westminster in this capacity. It’s an exciting time of transition for this historic organization and I plan to do as any dog handler does: access, improve where needed, and practice teamwork. I believe in the leadership’s vision and I’m eager to start executing it."

To learn more, visit the Westminster Kennel Club website.

 

In 1876, the members of the Westminster Club, then primarily a shooting organization, commissioned one of its early officials, George deForest Grant, to send to England for a Pointer which the members could use for breeding purposes.

He received a photograph of a dog named Don which had won his bench championship in England, through show triumphs at Shifnal, Oswestry, Birmingham, Swansea and Llanelly in 1875, and at Newport and Carmarthen in 1876. Impressed with the pictures of the dog as much as with his show record, the members arranged to import him under the name of “Sensation,” Volume IV of the English Kennel Club Stud Book listing him as “Sensation (formerly Don).”

Sensation

Brought to this country, “Sensation” was promptly registered in the name of the Westminster Kennel Club in Volume I of the stud book of the National American Kennel Club, which subsequently became the American Kennel Club. His entry in that book as Number 1261 shows that he gained his American championship with victories at Baltimore in 1876 and at St. Louis, Boston and Baltimore in 1879. His show career, however, was limited since the primary object in his importation was to strengthen the breeding stock of the club’s members.

A handsome lemon and white dog, with a fine head and especially good body, “Sensation” did much for Pointer breeders in this country. Several artists did pictures of him and one of the head studies appeared on the Westminster catalog in 1878, the second all-breed show given by the club. Except for a gap between 1896 and 1903, “Sensation’s” head appeared on all subsequent catalogues of the Westminster Show through 1935.

In 1935, a steel engraving of “Sensation” was discovered in the collection of prints, engravings and paintings of the well-known sportsman, Harry D. Kirkover, of Camden, South Carolina and New York. He loaned the picture to the Westminster Club to permit its reproduction.

The engraving, by artist J. Wellstood, showed the whole dog, with a light lemon patch on its side, frozen in point. The artist had caught the magnificently bodied dog in marvelous detail. The muscles and even the veins of the legs stood out.

This became the new emblem of the club and appeared on the cover of the show catalog from 1936 through 1979. From 1980-1982, a head study of Sensation was selected once again for the cover, but in 1983 a foil embossed version of the full body engraving appeared on the cover and has been there ever since.

 

In 1877, New York was well on its way to becoming the world’s greatest city. This was the year that a group of sporting gentlemen decided that this would be a good time to hold a dog show in Manhattan. It didn’t take long before the Westminster Kennel Club, following the lead of its home town, would be on its way to becoming the world’s greatest dog show.

westmisterhotelWith its spectacular beginnings and extraordinary growth in the years to follow, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was quickly reflecting the growth and success of New York City. As the dog show grew every year, so did the Westminster Kennel Club’s position as the symbol of the purebred dog, with its influence being felt in show rings everywhere, and eventually in millions of television homes across the country. Westminster has become America’s Dog Show.

“Westminster gets its name from a long gone hotel in Manhattan. There, sporting gentlemen used to meet in the bar to drink and lie about their shooting accomplishments. Eventually they formed a club and bought a training area and kennel. They kept their dogs there and hired a trainer.

“They couldn’t agree on the name for their new club. But finally someone suggested that they name it after their favorite bar. The idea was unanimously selected, we imagine, with the hoisting of a dozen drinking arms.”
– Maxwell Riddle, from a newspaper story quoted in “The Dog Show, 125 Years of Westminster” by William Stifel

It was at one of those meetings that the members decided that they would stage a dog show so that they could compare their dogs in a setting away from the field. The First Annual New York Bench Show of Dogs, given under the auspices of the Westminster Kennel Club, was staged in 1877 at Gilmore’s Garden (the forerunner of Madison Square Garden) in New York City, drawing an entry of 1,201 dogs.

The show was such a hit that it was extended to four days from its originally-scheduled three, and drew this coverage from “Forest and Stream” magazine:

“To say that the dog show held in the city last week was a success would but poorly convey an idea of what the result really was. It was a magnificent triumph for the dogs and for the projectors of the show. We question if on any previous occasion has there ever assembled in this city such a number of people at one time, and representing as much of the culture, wealth and fashion of the town.”

rings1877To fully grasp the place in history of the Westminster Kennel Club and its famed annual dog show at Madison Square Garden, consider this:

Westminster pre-dates the invention of the light bulb, the automobile, and the zipper; the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Washington Monument; and manned air flight and the establishment of the World Series. Since Westminster held its first show 127 years ago, there have been 26 men elected president and 12 states have joined the union.

The dog show has outlasted three previous versions of Madison Square Garden, and is currently being staged in MSG IV. It is one of only four events to be held in all four “Gardens.”
The dog show has survived power outages, snowstorms, a national depression, two World Wars and a tugboat strike that threatened to shut down the city, in the process becoming the second longest continuously held sporting event in the country. Only the Kentucky Derby has been staged longer – but by just one year.

Westminster even pre-dates the establishment of the governing body of the sport, the American Kennel Club, by seven years. In fact, in 1877, members of Westminster and members of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia had together adopted a set of show rules and regulations and established a Board of Appeals to oversee these rules. This was the precursor of the American Kennel Club, which was finally created in 1884.

As one might imagine, the history of the club and its show is rich and colorful.

In the early Westminster years, some interesting names showed up in the catalogs. In the first show, there were two Staghounds listed as being from the late General George Custer’s pack, and two Deerhounds that had been bred by the Queen of England. In 1889, the Czar of Russia is listed as the breeder of a Siberian Wolfhound entered, and the following year, one of the entries is a Russian Wolfhound whose listed owner was the Emperor of Germany.

Philanthropist J. P. Morgan made the first of his many appearances at Westminster with his Collies in 1893. Famous American journalist Nelly Bly entered her Maltese at Westminster in 1894, some four years after she made a record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes, racing the record of Phineas Fogg in Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days.

warrenremedyThe most-coveted award in the dog show world, 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 Smooth Fox Terrier bitch named Ch. 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, Ch. Chinoe’s Adamant James in 1971 and 1972.

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FOX SPORTS NAMES 'PICK OF THE LITTER' FOR PRESENTATION OF 2017 WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW
 
FS1, Nat Geo WILD & FOX Sports GO Combine to Showcase 'Westminster Week' With More Coverage than Ever Before
 
 
New York - With little more than a month 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 today names its team of broadcasters who present the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on FS1 for the first time ever. Also announced today are the announcers calling breed judging on FOX Sports GO and Nat Geo WILD and the Master's Agility Championship on FS1, combining to make 2017 Westminster Week the most widely covered in the event's illustrious history.
 
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, Feb. 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, and this February 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, is 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 is also backstage and interviews the winners, while Taft sets the scene for viewers leading up to the action on the arena floor.
 
Play-by-play announcer Justin Kutcher, analyst Terry Simons and reporter Jennifer Hale return to call the Master's Agility Championship at Westminster. Kutcher is then joined by Paula Nykiel and Jason Hoke to announce breed judging at Piers 92 and 94, and Rachel Bonnetta serves as a FOX Sports Digital correspondent during breed, group and Best in Show judging. Nykiel and Hoke are both accomplished judges whose credentials include Hoke's appointment as Toy Group judge at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and Nykiel's position as Sporting Group judge at this year's event.
 
The 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is televised on FS1 for the first time in the event's history at 8:00 PM ET on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 13-14, live from New York City's Madison Square Garden. FS1, Nat Geo WILD and FOX Sports GO team up to provide more coverage of Westminster Week than ever before beginning Sunday, Feb. 12, at 8:00 PM ET with the Master's Agility Championship at Westminster on FS1. Nat Geo WILD and FOX Sports GO offer live coverage of breed judging from Piers 92 and 94 on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 13-14, from 8:30 AM-4:00 PM ET streaming on FOX Sports GO and from 2:00-4:00 PM ET on Nat Geo WILD. FOX Sports GO's breed coverage encompasses 10 individual rings streamed concurrently, of which viewers may select one or up to four through the Multi-View feature on desktop and select connected devices.
 
Content available on FOX Sports GO can be streamed live on FOXSportsGO.com or on the FOX Sports GO app, which can be downloaded from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. Streaming on FOX Sports GO is now available on several connected devices, including Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Xbox One, Android TV and Fire TV.
 
In July of 2015, FOX Sports and Westminster Kennel Club announced a 10-year agreement bringing Westminster Kennel Club's conformation show to FS1 and Nat Geo WILD beginning with this year's event. FS1 remains home to the Master's Agility Championship at Westminster through 2026.
 
For more information, including biographies and photography, visit  FOX Sports Press Pass.
 
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In 1877, New York was well on its way to becoming the world’s greatest city. This was the year that a group of sporting gentlemen decided that this would be a good time to hold a dog show in Manhattan. It didn’t take long before the Westminster Kennel Club, following the lead of its home town, would be on its way to becoming the world’s greatest dog show.

westmisterhotelWith its spectacular beginnings and extraordinary growth in the years to follow, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was quickly reflecting the growth and success of New York City. As the dog show grew every year, so did the Westminster Kennel Club’s position as the symbol of the purebred dog, with its influence being felt in show rings everywhere, and eventually in millions of television homes across the country. Westminster has become America’s Dog Show.

“Westminster gets its name from a long gone hotel in Manhattan. There, sporting gentlemen used to meet in the bar to drink and lie about their shooting accomplishments. Eventually they formed a club and bought a training area and kennel. They kept their dogs there and hired a trainer.

“They couldn’t agree on the name for their new club. But finally someone suggested that they name it after their favorite bar. The idea was unanimously selected, we imagine, with the hoisting of a dozen drinking arms.”
– Maxwell Riddle, from a newspaper story quoted in “The Dog Show, 125 Years of Westminster” by William Stifel

It was at one of those meetings that the members decided that they would stage a dog show so that they could compare their dogs in a setting away from the field. The First Annual New York Bench Show of Dogs, given under the auspices of the Westminster Kennel Club, was staged in 1877 at Gilmore’s Garden (the forerunner of Madison Square Garden) in New York City, drawing an entry of 1,201 dogs.

The show was such a hit that it was extended to four days from its originally-scheduled three, and drew this coverage from “Forest and Stream” magazine:

“To say that the dog show held in the city last week was a success would but poorly convey an idea of what the result really was. It was a magnificent triumph for the dogs and for the projectors of the show. We question if on any previous occasion has there ever assembled in this city such a number of people at one time, and representing as much of the culture, wealth and fashion of the town.”

rings1877To fully grasp the place in history of the Westminster Kennel Club and its famed annual dog show at Madison Square Garden, consider this:

Westminster pre-dates the invention of the light bulb, the automobile, and the zipper; the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Washington Monument; and manned air flight and the establishment of the World Series. Since Westminster held its first show 127 years ago, there have been 26 men elected president and 12 states have joined the union.

The dog show has outlasted three previous versions of Madison Square Garden, and is currently being staged in MSG IV. It is one of only four events to be held in all four “Gardens.”
The dog show has survived power outages, snowstorms, a national depression, two World Wars and a tugboat strike that threatened to shut down the city, in the process becoming the second longest continuously held sporting event in the country. Only the Kentucky Derby has been staged longer – but by just one year.

Westminster even pre-dates the establishment of the governing body of the sport, the American Kennel Club, by seven years. In fact, in 1877, members of Westminster and members of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia had together adopted a set of show rules and regulations and established a Board of Appeals to oversee these rules. This was the precursor of the American Kennel Club, which was finally created in 1884.

As one might imagine, the history of the club and its show is rich and colorful.

In the early Westminster years, some interesting names showed up in the catalogs. In the first show, there were two Staghounds listed as being from the late General George Custer’s pack, and two Deerhounds that had been bred by the Queen of England. In 1889, the Czar of Russia is listed as the breeder of a Siberian Wolfhound entered, and the following year, one of the entries is a Russian Wolfhound whose listed owner was the Emperor of Germany.

Philanthropist J. P. Morgan made the first of his many appearances at Westminster with his Collies in 1893. Famous American journalist Nelly Bly entered her Maltese at Westminster in 1894, some four years after she made a record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes, racing the record of Phineas Fogg in Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days.

warrenremedyThe most-coveted award in the dog show world, 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 Smooth Fox Terrier bitch named Ch. 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, Ch. Chinoe’s Adamant James in 1971 and 1972.

THE WESTMINSTER
KENNEL CLUB

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. Seán 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 the sport along with having 30+
years' experience in the communications field.facebook: WKCDogShow / twitter: @WKCDOGS / instagram: westminsterkennelclub