The 136th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show begins Monday in New York City. Dogs from across the country come for two days to compete in the world's most famous dog show against top entries in their breed and group.
The prestigious show will feature 2,077 dogs and 105 Junior Showmanship entries. Dogs come from 47 states across the United States, with the most entries coming from New York, California and Pennsylvania. From the over 2,000 competitors, 185 will win Best of Breed awards and seven will be Group winners of the Best in Show competition late Tuesday.
At the Westminster Dog Show, Rhodesian Ridgebacks will have the greatest number of competitors with 40 dogs and French Bulldogs will come in a close second at 39 entries. There will be 38 Labrador Retrievers competing, 32 Golden Retrievers and 29 Vizslas. The smallest entry is two and occurs in five breeds, including American Water Spaniels, Harriers, Kuvaszok, Sealyham Terriers and Canaan Dogs.
Six of the breeds featured in the Westminster Dog Show are newly recognized and will be competing for the first time in the show. The new breeds include: American English Coonhounds (three entries in Hound Group), Cesky Terries (three entries in Terrier Group), Norwegian Lundehunds (five entries in the non-sporting group), Xoloitzcunitlis (ten entries in the non-sporting group), Entlebucher Mountain dogs (four entries in the herding group) and Finnish Lapphunds (eight entries in the herding group).
Dogs will compete against each other in breeds and varieties in the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding groups on Monday. The Group competition will be in the evening. Tuesday will feature the Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups.
Best in Show will be judged by Cindy Vogels of Greenwood Village, Colo. Vogels will preside over a panel of 38 judges from 19 states. The Best in Show, featuring all seven of the Group winners, will occur Tuesday night.
A live stream of the Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show can be found here. While some breeds will not be streamed live, clips of their performance will be available within two hours of completion of judging.
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The show will also be televised live each night from 8 p.m. EST. The first hour of Monday's show will air on USA Network from 8 to 9 p.m. and then from 9 to 11 p.m. EST on CNBC. Tuesday's show will air on the USA Network from 8 to 11 p.m. EST.
For a full schedule of events, see the Westminster Kennel Club's judging schedule.
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