COVID-19 forces postponement of Westminster Kennel Club dog show

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Press Release: Westminster Kennel Club

Due to the rise of the Omicron variant in New York City, the Board of Governors of the Westminster Kennel Club made the difficult decision to postpone the 146e Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show Presented by Purina Pro Plan at a later date in 2022.

“The health and safety of all participants at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is paramount. We appreciate the continued interest and support from the community as we postpone the show to a time when we can safely reunite, ”the organization said in its official announcement.

A new date will be announced once confirmed.

The dog show attracts competitors from across the United States and is normally held in February at Madison Square Garden. Last year it was moved to June and took place at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York. A Pekingese named Wasabi won the Best in Show award, beating a whippet, French Bulldog, Old English Sheepdog, German Shorthair Pointer, Samoyed, and West Highland white terrier.

The Westminster Kennel Club, established in 1877, is America’s oldest dog sport organization. It hosts the iconic Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the second longest-running sporting event in the United States and, since 1948, the longest-running live-televised dog show nationwide. The annual dog show – a conformation competition for purebred dogs – and the Masters Agility Championship and Masters Obedience Championship – where dogs from all walks of life are eligible to compete – make Westminster Week with its nearly 3,000 dogs from the States – United and from around the world a cutting edge experience for any dog ​​lover. America’s Dog Show has captivated dog enthusiasts for over a century with its educational bench format. The public can interact with over 200 dog breeds in New York City. The Club’s mission, which improves the lives of all dogs, celebrates the companionship of dogs, promotes responsible dog ownership and the preservation of the breed.

(Photo courtesy of J. Grassa for WKC)


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