Westminster Dog Show 2022: time, schedule and things to know

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the second oldest continuous sporting event in the United States after the Kentucky Derby. The Westminster Kennel Club was founded in the 1870s by a group of dog enthusiasts who met at the Westminster Hotel. In 1876 they decided to start an annual dog show, and in 1877 they presented their first show in New York City.
Today the show is a multi-day competition that brings together thousands of dogs from across the country. Hundreds of dog breeds are divided into seven groups: Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding.

Each canine competitor will first compete for Best in Breed. The winning dogs then become Best in Group and finally Best in Show.

In addition to this breed competition, the show also includes agility and obedience competitions open to mixed breed dogs. During agility competition, dogs complete a complex obstacle course, weaving between poles and jumping over fences. And in the obedience competition, the dogs demonstrate their ability to obey their handler’s commands.

When and where is the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show held?

The Westminster Kennel Club dog show begins Saturday, June 18th at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York. This is the second year in a row that the show will be held in Lyndhurst instead of its usual home in Madison Square Garden in New York City. According to a press release, the competition has been rescheduled due to concerns about COVID-19.

Saturday’s competition is the Masters Agility Championship with heats from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The final competition takes place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m

Competition resumes on Monday 20th June with the Masters Obedience Championship and judging of the Hound and Herding breeds. Both competitions will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

On Tuesday, June 21, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., viewers will be able to watch the judging of Toy, Terrier and Non-Sporting breeds as well as the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries where children will show off their dog handling skills, including the Hound, Toy, non-sporting and herding groups are held from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m

On Wednesday, June 22, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the judging of the sport and working breeds and the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries will take place. The Junior Showmanship Final will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The final groups — Sporting, Working and Terrier — will be judged from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m

Finally, the winners from each of the seven groups will compete for the title of Best in Show.

How can I see the Westminster Kennel Club dog show?

Viewers who want to watch the action live can still purchase tickets to the show online. But if you can’t make it to Tarrytown, don’t worry: the show will stream on westminsterkennelclub.org, the WKC App and the FOX Sports App.

FOX Deportes will cover the competition in Spanish and Canadian dog lovers can watch the show on Sportsnet.

Who is entering?

Almost 3,500 dogs will take part in the competition, according to the Westminster Kennel Club. Contestants are invited to compete based on strict entry requirements, including how many other dogs they have beaten in breed competitions. Dogs may also be eligible if they have won a certain number of major show awards.
A total of 209 dog breeds and varieties will compete for the title of Best in Show. Two new breeds are eligible for the award this year: the Mudi, a herding group dog from Hungary, and the Russian Toy, a minor competitor to the Toy group once popular with the Russian aristocracy.

There will be 70 Golden Retrievers, 49 Labrador Retrievers and 46 Pugs in attendance, making them the most represented dogs at the show.

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