Each canine competitor will first compete for Best in Breed. The winning dogs will then move up to Best in Group and finally Best in Show.
In addition to this breed competition, the show also includes agility and obedience competitions, which are open to mixed breed dogs. During the agility contest, dogs will complete a complex obstacle course, weaving between poles and leaping over fences. And in the obedience competition, dogs will show off their ability to follow their handler’s commands.
When and where is the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show?
Saturday’s contest is the Masters Agility Championship, with preliminaries taking place from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The final competition takes place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The competition will pick up again on Monday, June 20, with the Masters Obedience Championship and the judging of Hound and Herding breeds. Both contests will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, June 21, spectators can watch the judging of Toy, Terrier and Non-Sporting breeds and the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries, in which children show off their dog handling skills, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Afterward, the judging of the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
On Wednesday, June 22, the judging of the Sporting and Working breeds and the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries will happen from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Junior Showmanship Finals takes place from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The last groups — Sporting, Working and Terrier — will be judged from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Finally, the winners from each of the seven groups will compete for Best in Show.
How can I watch the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show?
FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage of the competition, and Canadian dog lovers can watch the show on Sportsnet.
There will be 70 golden retrievers, 49 labrador retrievers and 46 pugs in attendance, making these the most represented dogs at the show.