Westminster Dog Show

Westminster Dog Show: The 144th Annual Dog Show of Westminster Kennel Club brings together more than 200 beautiful and beloved dog Westminster Dog Show 2020: The 144th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show brings more than 200 primped and pampered breeds and varieties into New York City.

The 144th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show brings more than 200 primped and pampered breeds and varieties into New York City for the canine Super Bowl, which began Saturday and ends Tuesday night in Madison Square Garden with the naming of this year’s Best in Show.

The show debuted in 1877 and is the second-oldest continuously held sporting event in the U.S., trailing the Kentucky Derby, which began in 1875.

Last year’s winner was a wire fox terrier named King, continuing a tradition that dates to the competition’s early years: Terriers have now claimed the top spot 47 times, the most of any breed. Wire fox terriers, in particular, have been Westminster’s dominant variety, with King the 15th to claim the honor.

For four days, Manhattan becomes the center of the dog universe. This year the Westminster Kennel Club will be showing 204 breeds. Nearly 3,000, dogs from around the world enter the competition. There is a Best in Show category, of course, but aside from that there are many other categories in which trophies can be won, including groups for sporting, working and herding dogs.

NEW YORK, NY — New York City is going to the dogs next week for the 144th running of the Westminster Kennel Club’s annual dog show in Madison Square Garden.

More than 2,600 dogs representing 204 distinct breeds will compete at Madison Square Garden and Pier 92 in Hell’s Kitchen, according to the Westminster Kennel Club. This year will be the 144th annual running of the Westminster Dog Show, which has been a televised event since 1948. In addition to the contest for “best in show,” dogs also compete in agility and obedience challenges.

This year mark’s a first for the dog show: Three full days of competition. Dogs from Hound breeds will be judged beginning Sunday, leading up to the eventual “best in show” competition on Tuesday.