Do you care about dogs? Well, you are in the right place! The Westminster Kennel Club has been caring for dogs since 1877 and will continue to until the end of time. Their website boasts, “The club’s continued educational, and promotional support of breed education, canine health, breed rescue, canine companionship, and dog sports participation reflect the club’s focus of caring”. The WKC focuses on continuing the preservation of dog breeds, companionship, and responsible dog ownership. Some may find such a sought-after club to be named after the gentlemen who started its favorite bar to be surprising. You heard that right! The Westminster Kennel Club was named after an old Manhattan hotel bar which members would gather.
The same gentlemen who named it wanted a place to compare their dogs to one another in a different setting other than out in the field and the Westminster Dog Show was born! It would be held at Gilmore’s Garden which is located where the Madison Square Garden Stands presently. Even the very first show in 1877 attracted the likes of 1,201 dog entrants. As the second oldest continuous sporting event held annually in the US, only to be surpassed by the Kentucky Derby (by two years).
Watch the show this year on the 11th of February at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. Over 3,000 dogs are entered who will be competing with their owners across various events. Insider recently announced that two new dog breeds will be competing in the best of show category to stack up against the best dogs in the country. The Nederlandse kooikerhondje, which will be competing in the sporting group, and the grand basset griffon Vendeen, which will be competing in the hound category, have been added to the extensive list of diversified breeds competing in this year's show.
If you cannot make it to the show, don’t worry you aren’t alone! Fox will be covering the event from Sunday the 10th of February, until Tuesday the 12th On Demand, Live Streaming online, and of course, on TV via FS1. Check out the TV schedule and make sure to tune into your favorite events!