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Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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Each year approximately 2500 dogs -- all of whom have attained the rank of champion -- compete in seven groups (Toy; Hound; Terrier; Herding; Working; Sporting; Non-Sporting) in a two-day event, and the seven group winners then vie for Best in Show during the evening of the second day. First held in 1877, the Westminster Kennel Dog Show is America's second-longest continuously held sporting event, second only to The Kentucky Derby. Westminster was first telecast in 1948 with Ch. Rock Ridge Night Rocket, a Bedlington Terrier, selected as Best in Show. In 2013 for the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, two new breeds, both officially recognized by the American Kennel Club, were introduced: Russell Terrier (Terrier Group) with 15 entries and Treeing Walker Coonhound (Hound Group) with 13 entries. Plus, in terms of total number of entries, Golden Retrievers fetched the crown from Rhodesian Ridgebacks with 61 entries, followed closely by Labrador Retrievers (54), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (50), French Bulldogs (46), Australian Shepherds (43), and Chinese Cresteds (40). The two-night 2014 event, hosted by David Frei and Erica Hill, was broadcast by CNBC on Monday, February 10, 2014 from 8-11pm ET/5-8pm PT (Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups) and by USA on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 8-11pm ET/5-8pm PT (Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups, followed by Best In Show). This year, three new breeds officially recognized by the American Kennel Club made their debut at Westminster. The playful Rat Terrier joined the Terrier Group; the intelligent Portuguese Podengo Pequeno joined the Hound Group; and the athletic Chinook, the official state dog of New Hampshire, joined the Working Group. The 139th Annual WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW trotted into Madison Square Garden and was broadcast live from 8-11pm ET/5-8pm PT on CNBC (Monday, February 16, 2015) and USA Network (Tuesday, February 17, 2015). This year, two new breeds officially recognized by the American Kennel Club will make their debut at Westminster. The additions include the Coton de Tulear, competing in the Non-Sporting Group and the Wirehaired Vizsla, competing in the Sporting Group.
The 141st WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW trots into Madison Square Garden on Monday, February 13, 2017 and is televised live on Fox Sports 1 from 8-11pm ET/5-8pm PT. Then on Tuesday, February 14, Fox Sports 1 airs the final competition day live from 8-11pm ET/5-8pm PT, featuring the crowning of Best In Show. Westminster Kennel Club Director of Communications Gail Miller Bisher provides expert analysis of the breeds alongside FOX Sports veteran announcer Chris Myers, while backstage correspondent Katie Nolan, reporter Karyn Bryant and host Jenny Taft also contribute to the network's coverage of the event. Monday's presentation crowns the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding group winners, while Tuesday's telecast names winners in the Sporting, Working and Terrier groups, plus Best in Show.

Following the group judging and "Best in Show" on Monday and Tuesday nights, FS1 presents the first ever Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show post-shows, recapping the events from both nights. The wrap-up shows feature analysis and reporting from Bisher, Myers, Nolan, Bryant, Taft and FOX Sports @TheBuzzer correspondent Rachel Bonnetta, who also provides behind-the-scenes digital coverage for breed, group and Best in Show judging during Westminster Week. Monday and Tuesday nights' telecasts are streamed live on FOX Sports GO with television provider login, and viewers can use the hashtag #WKCDogShow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured during Nolan's social segments.

On Monday, February 13, FOX Sports GO offers live streams from 8:30am-5pm ET/5:30am-2pm PT from 10 different rings during breed judging in the Hound, Toy and Non-Sporting groups; the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries; and the Masters Obedience Championship. From 2-4pm ET, Nat Geo WILD offers select coverage of breed judging and the Masters Obedience Championship. On Tuesday, February 14, FOX Sports GO once again provides live streams from 10 different rings for breed judging in the Sporting, Working and Terrier groups; plus the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries from 9am-5pm ET/6am-2pm PT. Nat Geo WILD is live from 2-4pm ET with select coverage from both events. Justin Kutcher is joined by accomplished judges Paula Nykiel and Jason Hoke for daytime breed judging. Breed judging on FOX Sports GO requires no television provider information, and viewers can watch up to four rings simultaneously through the Multi-View function available on desktop and select connected devices.



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