Remember Daniel the Golden Retriever? Well, the support for Daniel was so huge that #DanielWasRobbed started trending on social media after the competition ended last year. (Daniel is doing just fine, though. He has his own childrens book now.)
On Sunday, 10 breeds will compete for the title of Master Obedience Champion. The first round of competition consists of utility and signal exercises, but the real action happens in the finals when all teams perform a six-minute routine to showcase their talents in range of obedience.
The Westminster Dog Show is a competition hosted by the American Kennel Club that brings dogs of all breeds from around the world together to compete in agility, obedience and conformation contests.
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Heres what you need to know before the competition begins Friday.What exactly is the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show?
What is the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show?
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog show is a yearly event that features nearly 3,000 dogs. Normally, it is held at the Madison Square Garden, though it will be held outdoors in Tarrytown, New York in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The show consists of dogs competing to be the best among their group. There are seven groups total, including hound, toy, non-sporting, sporting, working, herding and terrier. The best dog in each group then competes for the “Best in Show” title.
The show also includes the Masters Agility Championship and Masters Obedience Championships.
A Shortened Westminster Weekend
In non-pandemic times, the show normally takes place over a week. In 2021, its an elongated weekend.
Some 2,500 dogs are entered in the show this year. The festivities begin Friday, June 11, with a fan favorite, the Masters Agility Championship, which is open to all dogs, including All-American (non-purebred) types. Some 350 dogs will tackle an obstacle course in the timed event. From the WKC site:
“We always have a large entry of mixed breed in agility, and then our Masters Obedience Championship is also open to mixed breeds,” Bisher says. “Many people that show dogs today still have mixed breeds, too. Theyre dog lovers. If youre going to put all your extra time, money and energy into traveling around the country showing dogs, you clearly love dogs.”