While many of you will be celebrating Valentine’s Day tonight, the Westminster Kennel Club will present the second and final night of the 136th Annual Dog Show at Madison Square Garden
Individual breed judging takes place each day between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. All Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding breeds and varieties were judged last night. Tonight, all Sporting, Working, and Terrier breeds and varieties will be judged. Best in Show will also be judged this evening.
The competition will be televised live on USA Network from 8 to 10 p.m.
Breed judging highlight videos are available throughout the day on the Westminster web site. These highlights will be available after the show as well.
Six new breeds are appearing at the Westminster this year: the Xoloitzcuintli (I dare you to say that three times fast!), the Entlebucher Mountain Dog, the Norwegian Lundehund, the American English Coonhound, the Finnish Lapphund, and the Cesky Terrier.
Last year’s Best in Show trophy was awarded to GCH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind a.k.a. “Hickory,” a Scottish Deerhound.
About 2,000 dogs will be shown, and each had to work its way to the Garden by winning other shows throughout the nation. This is a show for champions only, a designation that must be earned by the dog and its handler. While Westminster is not the national championship, it is considered the premier competition in the U.S.
Are you showing a dog this year? Have you ever shown a dog? If so, post something in the comments about the experience.