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Combines with first-ever Westminster Agility Trial

to bring more than 3,000 dogs to New York in February

The Westminster Kennel Club’s Annual All Breed Dog show, the sport’s most famous and prestigious event, will be bigger than ever in 2014 with its largest entry since 1990 and the addition of America’s most popular canine sport to its activities.

Westminster’s 138th show, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 10-11, drew an entry of 2,845 as America’s Dog Show extends its standing as the second-longest continuously-held sporting event in this country, a streak that began in 1877.

There are entries in 187 breeds and varieties eligible for this year’s show. Labrador Retrievers, coincidentally the most-registered AKC breed every year since 1991, leads the way with 76 entries, followed by Golden Retrievers (58), French Bulldogs (52), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (46), and Australian Shepherds (44). In breeds that combine three varieties, Dachshunds have 62 entries and Poodles 42.

The entry, subject to final audit, includes three breeds newly-recognized by the American Kennel Club that are eligible for Westminster for the first time: Portuguese Podengo Pequeno (8 entries, Hound Group), the Chinook (4, Working Group), and the Rat Terrier (20, Terrier Group).

There are also 91 entries in Junior Showmanship.

Preceding the dog show, the first Masters Agility Championship at Westminster will take place on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Pier 94. With the maximum 225 dogs entered and a prime time television broadcast on FOX Sports 1, the competition will feature dogs of all breeds and mixed breed dogs (All American dogs) showing spectators and the television audience why the American Kennel Club calls Agility “the most exciting canine sport for spectators.” Details on the Agility entry will be available soon.

The combined entry of the two events means that more than 3,000 dogs will be on hand from all over the country. The dog show on Monday and Tuesday will also feature live television coverage on USA Network and CNBC, as well as live streaming video to the website and on the Westminster App, and social media.

Judging for the iconic all breed dog show takes place in two different venues. Breed judging, benching and Junior Showmanship preliminary competition will take place during the days Monday and Tuesday at Piers 92/94. Group and Best In Show judging, as well as the Junior Showmanship Finals, will be held at Madison Square Garden on Monday and Tuesday evenings, as has been the case virtually every year since the show began in 1877.

Entries have come from 49 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and 13 foreign countries. For the fourth year in a row, New York has the most with 272, while California following closely with 239. Rounding out the top five states are Pennsylvania (211), New Jersey (191), and Texas (149). Arkansas did not have an entry.

There are 127 foreign entries, led by Canada with 115. Dogs are also entered from Mexico, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Finland, Italy, Norway, Slovenia, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. Many other foreign-owned dogs are entered from U.S. addresses, and in the final compilation there will certainly be additional foreign countries represented.

Breeds and varieties in the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups will be benched and judged at the Piers during the day on Monday, with Group competition that evening at the Garden. On Tuesday, breeds and varieties in the Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups will be benched and judged at the Piers and judging of those Groups will take place on Tuesday night. Judging of Best In Show, featuring all seven of the Group winners, will be held Tuesday evening at the Garden in the final event of the show.

The evening competition will be televised live each night from 8-11 p.m. ET. Monday’s telecast of the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups will be on CNBC. Tuesday’s telecast will be on USA Network and will include the Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups, as well as Best In Show. For the first time, Tuesday night’s telecast will also be seen live in the Pacific Time zone from 5-8 p.m. PT and will repeat in that time zone from 8-11 p.m. PT as well.

Westminster, televised since 1948, will once again be America’s most widely-watched live telecast of a dog show.

As it did last year, Westminster will produce live coverage of all the breed judging during the daytime hours, posting live streaming video on its website of the competition in all breeds and varieties with real-time posting on the Westminster website.

Best In Show will be judged by Ms. Betty Regina Leininger of Frisco, TX. She heads a panel of 44 judges from 20 states and two foreign countries presiding over the dog world’s most prestigious event.

Group judges are Mr. Sam Houston McDonald of Chester Springs, PA, Sporting; Mr. Douglas Johnson of Bloomington, IN, Hound; Mr. Clay Coady of Paradise Valley, AZ, Working; Mr. Bruce Schwartz of Los Angeles, CA, Terrier; Ms. Keke Kahn of Sarasota, FL, Toy; Ms. Virginia Lyne of Saanichton, BC, Non-Sporting; and Mr. Walter Sommerfelt of Lenoir City, TN, Herding. Mr. Peter Kubacsz of Jackson, NJ, will judge the Junior Showmanship finals.

Tickets are still available for both the day events at the Piers and the evening events at the Garden, and for the Agility Trial.

Visit the Westminster website (www.westminsterkennelclub.org) for a full breakdown

by breed of the entry, for the complete judging panel, judging schedule,

agility event details, and ticket information.

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Entries for 2014 (subject to final audit):

Sporting breeds (560): Brittanys 19, Pointers 14, Pointers (German Shorthaired) 40, Pointers (German Wirehaired) 8, Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay) 20, Retrievers (Curly-Coated) 11, Retrievers (Flat-Coated) 28, Retrievers (Golden) 58, Retrievers (Labrador) 76, Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) 12, Setters (English) 18, Setters (Gordon) 13, Setters (Irish) 18, Setters (Irish Red & White) 11, Spaniels (Boykin) 13, Spaniels (Clumber) 7, Spaniels (Cocker) ASCOB 6, Spaniels (Cocker) Black 11, Spaniels (Cocker) Parti-Color 7, Spaniels (English Cocker) 18, Spaniels (English Springer) 28, Spaniels (Field) 10, Spaniels (Irish Water) 6, Spaniels (Sussex) 8, Spaniels (Welsh Springer) 6, Spinone Italiano 18, Vizslas 39, Weimaraners 25, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons 12.

Hound breeds (408): Afghan Hounds 23, American English Coonhounds 6, American Foxhounds 6, Basenjis 17, Basset Hounds 14, Beagles (13”) 14, Beagles (15”) 28, Black and Tan Coonhounds 6, Bloodhounds 10, Bluetick Coonhounds 6, Borzoi 22, Dachshunds (Longhaired) 20, Dachshunds (Smooth) 23, Dachshunds (Wirehaired) 19, English Foxhounds 1, Greyhounds 9, Harriers 2, Ibizan Hounds 9, Irish Wolfhounds 9, Norwegian Elkhounds 5, Otterhounds 6, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen 14, Pharaoh Hounds 13, Plotts 5, Portuguese Podengo Pequeno 8, Redbone Coonhounds 4, Rhodesian Ridgebacks 46, Salukis 19, Scottish Deerhounds 5, Treeing Walker Coonhounds 12, Whippets 27.

Working breeds (425): Akitas 9, Alaskan Malamutes 10, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs 5, Bernese Mountain Dogs 19, Black Russian Terriers 16, Boxers 20, Bullmastiffs 21, Cane Corsos 23, Chinooks 4, Doberman Pinschers 31, Dogue de Bordeaux 13, German Pinschers 10, Giant Schnauzers 11, Great Danes 32, Great Pyrenees 13, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs 7, Komondorok 2, Kuvaszok 2, Leonbergers 22, Mastiffs 24, Neapolitan Mastiffs 5, Newfoundlands 13, Portuguese Water Dogs 13, Rottweilers 32, St. Bernards 8, Samoyeds 23, Siberian Huskies 22, Standard Schnauzers 11, Tibetan Mastiffs 4.

Terriers breeds (319): Airedale Terriers 13, American Staffordshire Terriers 11, Australian Terriers 7, Bedlington Terriers 18, Border Terriers 16, Bull Terriers (Colored) 2, Bull Terriers (White) 4, Cairn Terriers 11, Cesky Terriers 6, Dandie Dinmont Terriers 1, Fox Terriers (Smooth) 20, Fox Terriers (Wire) 13, Glen of Imaal Terriers 7, Irish Terriers 7, Kerry Blue Terriers 13, Lakeland Terriers 7, Manchester Terriers (Standard) 10, Miniature Bull Terriers 5, Miniature Schnauzers 15, Norfolk Terriers 5, Norwich Terriers 15, Parson Russell Terriers 11, Rat Terriers 20, Russell Terriers 11, Scottish Terriers 11, Sealyham Terriers 7, Skye Terriers 7, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers 11, Staffordshire Bull Terriers 12, Welsh Terriers 7, West Highland White Terriers 16.

Toy breeds (417): Affenpinschers 7, Brussels Griffons 14, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 28, Chihuahuas (Long Coat) 38, Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) 27, Chinese Cresteds 37, English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles) 3, English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby) 5, Havanese 30, Italian Greyhounds 16, Japanese Chins 13, Maltese 21, Manchester Terriers (Toy) 9, Miniature Pinschers 8, Papillons 19, Pekingese 13, Pomeranians 17, Poodles (Toy) 8, Pugs 35, Shih Tzu 18, Silky Terriers 6, Toy Fox Terriers 13, Yorkshire Terriers 32.

Non-Sporting breeds (307): American Eskimo Dogs 5, Bichon Frises 18, Boston Terriers 32, Bulldogs 27, Chinese Shar-Pei 7, Chow Chows 8, Dalmatians 25, Finnish Spitz 1, French Bulldogs 52, Keeshondens 16, Lhasa Apsos 14, Lowchen 6, Poodles (Miniature) 11, Poodles (Standard) 23, Schipperkes 10, Shiba Inu 13, Tibetan Spaniels 13, Tibetan Terriers 18, Xoloitzcuintlis 8.

Herding breeds (318): Australian Cattle Dogs 12, Australian Shepherds 44, Bearded Collies 15, Beauceron 6, Belgian Malinois 15, Belgian Sheepdogs 10, Belgian Tervurens 13, Border Collies 23, Bouviers des Flandres 14, Briards 15, Canaan Dogs 3, Cardigan Welsh Corgis 26, Collies (Rough) 11, Collies (Smooth) 11, Finnish Lapphunds 6, German Shepherd Dogs 16, Icelandic Sheepdogs 8, Norwegian Buhunds 5, Old English Sheepdogs 8, Pembroke Welsh Corgis 14, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs 10, Pulik 5, Pyrenean Shepherds 16, Shetland Sheepdogs 10, Swedish Vallhunds 2.

Entries by state:

Alaska 5, Alabama 17, Arizona 26, California 239, Colorado 39, Connecticut 115, Delaware 16, Florida 146, Georgia 67, Hawaii 9, Idaho 6, Illinois 67, Indiana 35, Iowa 9, Kansas 7, Kentucky 30, Louisiana 20, Maine 17, Maryland 85, Massachusetts 100, Michigan 84, Minnesota 31, Mississippi 6, Missouri 18, Montana 1, Nebraska 16, Nevada 14, New Hampshire 32, New Jersey 191, New Mexico 11, New York 272, North Carolina 80, North Dakota 2, Ohio 121, Oklahoma 22, Oregon 13, Pennsylvania 211, Rhode Island 19, South Carolina 37, South Dakota 4, Tennessee 30, Texas 149, Utah 4, Vermont 10, Virginia 110, Washington 73, West Virginia 8, Wisconsin 48, Wyoming 2.

Others: District of Columbia 3, Puerto Rico 3; Canada 115, Mexico 5, Japan 2, Australia 1, Brazil 1, Chile 1, Columbia 1, Finland 1, Italy 1, Norway 1, Slovenia 1, Thailand 1, United Kingdom 1.

Junior Showmanship: 91

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USDA Announces Landmark Rule to Crack Down on Online Puppy Mills

Tens of thousands of dogs suffering in substandard, filthy, and overcrowded cages for years on end will finally get the protection they deserve as a result of a rule the U.S. Department of Agriculture will formally adopt today. This change, a long-held aspiration for The HSUS, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, and the Doris Day Animal League, is decades in the making and will extend federal oversight to thousands of puppy mills that do business online.

Of the dozens of puppy mills that The HSUS has assisted in closing down over the past five years, the vast majority were selling puppies online and escaping any federal oversight because a loophole in federal Animal Welfare Act regulations exempts Internet sellers. Because large-scale dog breeders who sell animals to pet stores are regulated, but breeders who sell directly to the public are not, there has been a massive migration of breeders to the latter sales strategy within the last decade or so. If they could sell dogs and escape any federal oversight, why not get in on that act and continue to cut corners on animal care?

The HSUS, HSLF, and DDAL pointed out that it was fundamentally unfair that people involved in the same underlying business enterprise (breeding dogs to sell for profit) would face entirely different regulatory standards. It was a circumstance ripe for fraud and misrepresentation. Internet sellers of puppies often displayed images of puppies frolicking in open fields. In reality, the dogs were languishing, crammed inside feces-encrusted cages, receiving no protection from the elements and no veterinary care whatever. And until the legal standard was modified, the federal government couldn’t take action because none of these mills required federal licensing and inspection.

Due to pressure from The HSUS and DDAL, the USDA’s inspector general looked into enforcement of the rules governing dog breeding, finding appalling abuses of the dogs, deficient exercise of authority by USDA where it had authority, and identification of this glaring gap in the law that allowed Internet sellers to evade any federal oversight whatever. It was that OIG report, combined with our advocacy efforts in Congress and with the Obama administration that finally compelled federal action.

We thank the Obama administration and the USDA for bringing new standards of care to thousands of puppies, but also to kittens, rabbits and other warm-blooded animals who are often raised in inhumane facilities and sold as pets over the Internet, by mail or by phone, sight-unseen.

The HSUS and HSLF called on supporters to act in 2011, and 32,000 people signed a petition urging the Obama administration to crack down on unregulated puppy mills. When the USDA proposed an actual change in its regulations in 2012, HSUS members and other animal advocates generated 350,000 public signatures and comments in support.

There has been strong bipartisan support in Congress for closing the “Internet loophole” in the Animal Welfare Act regulations. Federal legislation, S. 395 and H.R. 847 – known as the PUPS Act, or "Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act" – sponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. and David Vitter, R-La., and Reps. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., Sam Farr, D-Calif., Bill Young, R-Fla., and Lois Capps, D-Calif., galvanized members of congress in support of efforts to finalize and implement the rule.

Puppy mills aren’t going away overnight, and it’s still important for any potential puppy buyer to meet the breeder in person at his or her facility to see how and where a puppy was born and raised. But this rule has the potential to allow federal inspectors to peer behind the closed doors of puppy mills and improve the lives of tens of thousands of animals. That is a change worth celebrating, and we thank our supporters, the USDA, and our allies in Congress for supporting this significant step.


- Lab Ties Poodle for the Longest Consecutive Reign at #1 and Bulldog Enters Top 5 -

New York, NY – Proving that bigger really is better, the American Kennel Club (AKC®) announced today that the Bulldog has muscled its way into the top 5, becoming the fifth most popular dog in the U.S. according to AKC Registration Statistics, bumping the tiny Yorkshire Terrier into sixth place for the first time since 2003. The Golden Retriever also pushed its way back to the top, overtaking the Beagle for third place, and Rottweilers continued their climb up the top 10 list by taking ninth place away from the Dachshund, both adding to the bigger breed trend. Labrador Retriever lovers have again spoken – the playful, family friendly breed remains the number one most popular breed in the U.S. for the 22nd consecutive year, tying with the Poodle for the longest reign in the top spot.

“Bigger breeds are making their move,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “The popularity of the pint-sized, portable pooch just gave way to a litter of larger breeds in the Top 10. These predictable, durable, steady breeds, like Labs and Goldens, are great with kids and offer the whole family more dog to love.”

2012 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.

2011 Ranking

1. Labrador Retriever

1. Labrador Retriever

2. German Shepherd Dog

2. German Shepherd Dog

3. Golden Retriever

3. Beagle

4. Beagle

4. Golden Retriever

5. Bulldog

5. Yorkshire Terrier

6. Yorkshire Terrier

6. Bulldog

7. Boxer

7. Boxer

8. Poodle

8. Poodle

9. Rottweiler

9. Dachshund

10. Dachshund

10. Rottweiler

Most Notable Dog Trends in 2012 Include:

In addition, the AKC expanded its litter of recognized breeds on January 1 to include the Chinook and Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, growing AKC’s family to 177 breeds.

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The American Kennel Club (AKC), proudly celebrates its 125th Anniversary in 2009. Since 1884 the not-for-profit organization has maintained the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world, and today its rules govern more than 20,000 canine competitions each year. 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 nearly 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. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.

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Lisa has embraced the sport of purebred dogs for nearly 25 years as an owner/breeder/ handler of Norwegian Elkhounds. As a former journalist, Lisa regularly speaks to the media as an expert on purebred dog breeding and canine legislation as well as helps AKC clubs develop their own PR strategies.

Media Appearances:
  • NBC's Today Show – multiple appearances
  • Fox News Channel – The Big Story, The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News Live.
  • Martha Stewart Radio, NPR, GMA Radio
  • Quoted Expert in New York Times, USA Today

DOGNY: America's Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs

People around the world were touched by the loyalty and resolve of the Search and Rescue Dogs who worked tirelessly to recover victims of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. In the aftermath of the attacks, the American Kennel Club coordinated efforts to assist the SAR handlers and dogs at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

In a continuing commemoration of the heroism of those SAR teams, the AKC established The American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery Corporation Canine Support and Relief Fund, a charitable fund to support professional and volunteer canine search and rescue organizations throughout the United States. The fund was launched with DOGNY, America's Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs, a hugely successful public art initiative. We encourage you to explore these pages to learn more about DOGNY and the dogs and handlers it honors.


January 15, 2010

Dear Dog Lover,

We are pleased to inform you of a decision made by the AKC Board at the January 11, 2010 meeting, which will enhance the AKC Canine Partners program. This exciting new program allows mixed breed dog owners to list their dogs and participate in AKC Agility, Obedience and Rally events starting April 1, 2010.

While each club’s participation in the AKC Canine Partners program will remain voluntary, clubs may now choose to allow mixed breed participation at any AKC Agility, Obedience or Rally event. Mixed breeds will compete in the same classes and earn the same titles as their purebred counterparts.

This decision was made following a lengthy discussion and review of feedback from enrollees, delegates, clubs, show and trial chairpersons, current purebred exhibitors and potential mixed-breed exhibitors, prompting a reevaluation of the current program. AKC staff took into consideration the prior feedback received from the AKC Delegate body about the program and contacted each individual member of the AKC Delegates Committee for Obedience, Tracking and Agility and others regarding this feedback.

After taking into consideration staff recommendations; compelling feedback from dog owners, clubs and fanciers; and the long lead time for event applications, AKC decided it was best to move quickly and change the program format so a majority of clubs would have the option to take advantage of the opportunity to allow mixed breeds to compete in existing Agility, Obedience and Rally events beginning April 1, 2010.

This positive step forward for AKC and dog owners enables us to share our passion for dogs and our commitment to responsible dog ownership with an even greater audience. It will simplify the planning and management of club events, while benefiting mixed breed dog owners by giving them more opportunities to participate in events in their local areas.

Please contact AKC Canine Partners if you have any questions or comments you would like to share. Email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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