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The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a prestigious all-breed conformation show that has been held in New York City annually since 1877. Currently, the breed and Junior Showmanship competitions are held at Piers 92 and 94, while the group and Best in Show competitions are held at Madison Square Garden. The entry—nearly 3000—is such that two days are required for all dogs to be judged.

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The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is one of a handful of benched shows in the United States. Dogs are required to be on display in an assigned location (bench) during the entirety of the show except when being shown in the ring, groomed for showing, or taken outside to eliminate, so that spectators and breeders alike have an opportunity to see all the entered dogs. (In the more common unbenched shows, dogs are required to be present only at assigned ring times.)

Three New Breeds Welcomed to 2017 Competition

Here they are, the newest dogs to join the elite club of canine breeds approved for competition in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show by the American Kennel Club.

This year, the American Hairless Terrier, Pumi and Sloughi will all be entering the Westminster ring at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the first time.

The inclusion of these three canines brings the official Westminster eligible breed count over 190. Make sure you keep up with all the of the dogs trotting around the arena on Feb. 13 and 14 for the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show by learning the basics of these three newcomers.

Pumi

 

These smaller pups are brimming with a large amount of energy. Used as herding dogs, this breed, which is part terrier, is ready to work and is always alert. This task-oriented mindset makes the dog a little too serious for small children, but a Pumi is great for families with older kids or couples. Ideally, Pumi owners will have a lot of land where their dog can work out all that pent up liveliness. What makes these pooches easily identifiable is their curly, corkscrew coat, which gives them a teddy bear look.

American Hairless Terrier 

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As the name promises, this breed lacks a fuzzy coat. But what this dog is missing in fur, it makes up for in curiosity. These dogs are down for anything. They are eager to learn new tricks to please you and have the high energy level to master it all. While the American Hairless Terrier is always ready for action, this is a breed that will also adjust to your energy level and is known for being loving and gentle. These traits make this pup great for families, or any dog owner that is active and loves to have a pet by their side at all times.

Sloughi

Also known as an Arabian Greyhound, these graceful and stunning pooches have a tall slender body that is bound to attract compliments. Developed to hunt wild game in Africa, Sloughis are agile, fast and energetic. Like greyhounds, they need space to expend this energy, but are ready to act refined and relaxed once they tire out their verve. This breed can be somewhat aloof when dealing with strangers, but will always be loyal to their owner.

Meet & Compete Featuring the 4th Masters Agility Championship & 8th AKC Meet The Breeds

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Daytime Session 

  • 4th Masters Agility Championship (8 am – 4 pm)
  • 8th AKC Meet The Breeds (10 am – 5 pm)

Evening Session 

  • Masters Agility Championship Finals (7 pm – 9 pm)

* Daytime session will take place at Piers 92/94 and evening session will take place at Pier 94 (711 12th Ave. at 55th St. & West Side Highway).


2nd Masters Obedience Championship

Monday, February 13, 2017

Daytime Session (8 am – 4 pm)

* Event will take place at Pier 94 (711 12th Ave. at 55th St. & West Side Highway).

141st WKC Dog Show

Monday, February 13, 2017

Daytime Session (8 am – 4 pm)

  • Breed Judging across Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding groups
  • Junior Showmanship preliminaries

Evening Session (6 pm – 11 pm)
Doors open at 6 pm for Best of Breed benching area

  • Group Judging across Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding groups (begins at 8 pm)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Daytime Session (8 am – 4 pm)

  • Breed Judging across Sporting, Working and Terrier groups
  • Junior Showmanship preliminaries

Evening Session (6 pm – 11 pm)
Doors open at 6 pm for Best of Breed benching area

  • Junior Showmanship Finals (begins at 7:30 pm)
  • Group Judging across Sporting, Working and Terrier groups (begins at 8:00 pm)
  • BEST IN SHOW!
* Daytime Sessions will take place at The Piers 92/94 (711 12th Ave. at 55th St. & West Side Highway).
* Evening Sessions will take place at Madison Square Garden (West 33rd St. & 7th Ave)
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The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a prestigious all-breed conformation show that has been held in New York City annually since 1877. Currently, the breed and Junior Showmanship competitions are held at Piers 92 and 94, while the group and Best in Show competitions are held at Madison Square Garden. The entry—nearly 3000—is such that two days are required for all dogs to be judged. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is one of a handful of benched shows in the United States. Dogs are required to be on display in an assigned location (bench) during the entirety of…

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