Dog lovers are in for a treat this weekend as the Westminster Dog Show returns! The 146e The annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show takes place at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York, June 18-22. This prestigious event is for American Kennel Club (AKC) champions as they show off their incredible skills for a chance to win Best of Breed and other awards. It’s serious competition, but it’s also great fun to watch! Dog tricks, prancing, grooming, obedience and more are featured. So here’s everything you need to know to watch the dog show with your family.
The Westminster Dog Show is the longest running nationally televised live dog show.
Established in 1877, the Westminster Kennel Club is the oldest American organization dedicated to dogs. Fans have been watching his famous dog show on TV since 1948, making it the longest running nationally televised live dog show and the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the United States. The Westminster Dog Show is a conformation competition for purebred dogs, and its Masters Agility Championship and Masters Obedience Championship are open to dogs of all backgrounds. Fans love seeing the fastest agility dogs, the most obedient dogs, and the cutest junior handlers at these events.
There will be two new races this year.
Almost 3,000 dogs from all over the world come to compete at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, with 211 breeds and varieties entered this year. Two new dog breeds are welcomed for the first time this year: the Russian Toy and the Mudi.
“We are very pleased to welcome two newly AKC recognized breeds, the Russian Toy and the Mudi to this year’s show,” Gail Miller, Westminster’s resident expert, told Romper. “For owners of these breeds to show at Westminster for the first time is a historic event.”
She goes on to explain that the Russian toy is “a small, square-built toy dog.” This “elegant and cheerful dog was a favorite breed of the Russian aristocracy,” says Miller. He will join the Toy Group at the show.
Additionally, the Mudi is “a medium-sized, versatile Hungarian farm dog.” The Mudi “is a loyal protector of property and family and will join the Herding group,” says Miller.
Kids will love watching the dogs compete.
“For the kids at home who just love dogs and like to tune in every year to see them compete, Westminster hopes the show can provide a breed education opportunity, even for young children,” Miller said. “Not only does the show itself provide an opportunity to learn about the variety of breeds, but can help children understand the time and effort it takes to properly raise and care for dogs.”
In addition to the pleasure of observing dogs, children will also be able to learn more about dog sports.
“Participation in dog sport also keeps the tradition of dog shows, agility trials and obedience competitions alive and thriving in today’s world,” adds Miller. “Our hope is that the show introduces people, young and old, to the sport itself.”
One event in particular that will be fun to watch with little ones is the Junior Showmanship competition, June 21-22. This competition assesses “handling skills of children ages 9 to 18 independent of dog traits,” Miller says. . “The competition promotes proper training and care to prepare future generations for responsible dog ownership, sportsmanship and future success in sport.”
Fans can once again watch the show in person.
For the first time since the pandemic, fans can watch the Westminster Dog Show in person this year. “We are also delighted to welcome spectators back to this year’s show in a small capacity,” Miller said. “Having spectators at the show provides an opportunity for breed education and we look forward to providing the public with a relevant and trusted source of dog breed history and information.”
If you want to see the show in Tarryton, tickets are available for conformation/obedience day trials and agility preliminaries for $25 for adults and $12.50 for children 5 years and older. Children 4 and under are free. Tickets for agility finals are $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 5 and up.
You can stream the Westminster Dog Show online for free.
Tune into the dog show from anywhere in the country by streaming it from home or watching it on live TV. Live streaming is available to westminsterkennelclub.orgthe WKC app and the Fox Sports app, and live coverage will take place on FOX, FS1, FS2 and FOX Deportes, the largest Spanish-speaking channel in the United States. Westminster’s weekly schedule is available here.