January 24, 2017

Welcome to Westminster

Today and tomorrow are some very important days for some very important dogs. It's the 140th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show!

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show might just be the most famous one out there, and it's been going a while! These two days consist of regular breed showings of the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, Herding, Sporting, Working and Terrier groups. You'll get to see all your favorite pooches fluffed and strutting their stuff.

Last year, a Beagle took home the overall victory. While the Westminster Dog Show has a history of picking smaller dogs as overall winners, you never know! You'll have to watch to guess who will be the winner this year.

What's fun about the Westminster Show is that it has an obedience category. Now this is just plain fun to watch. You'll be amazed at just how much dogs can do, and learn. Every dog competing in the obedience category has to go through a rigorous obstacle course. Like an army course, but for dogs.  

German shepherds, golden retrievers, and border collies compete in the obedience category but don't think small dogs can't! Pomeranians and Papillons give the course their all, too. Many of these dogs are older, too, like nine or ten years old. But it doesn't stop them; it makes them even better after the years of experience!

The Westminster Dog Show is held annually in New York City, with daytime sessions at The Piers 92/94 and nighttime sessions at Madison Square Garden. There might be a few tickets left to score, for $32 per adult and $10 per child. But if you can't catch it in person, don't worry! USA Network is airing the nighttime sessions and there are tons of live streams; Westminter's website gives a list here. So go on, watch these doggy models take the runway.

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