Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show- 2008
11 Mar 2008
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is a The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show two-day benched conformation show that takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York city every year. Dog owners around the world come to show their dogs. Dogs are judged by American kennel club judges. It is considered by many to be America’s most prestigious dog show. The 132nd WKC Dog Show is held on February 11 – 12, 2008. For results click on http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/
History: The first Westminster show was held in 1877.This is the second oldest sporting event of the United states, first was Travers Stakes held in 1864. The Westminster kennel club was created by a group of hunting men who met regularly at the Westminster Hotel in Manhattan specifically for the purpose of holding a dog show.The first show took place in May of 1877 at Gilmores Gardens New York and drew 1200 dogs entires scheduled for 3 days.
Dogs Breeds listed for the first show includes: Long haired saint Bernard, the esquimaux Dog, and the siberian Bloodhound with simple names such as Duke, Rover, Mungo, Nellie, Rex compared to todays fancier and longer dog names.
In 1905, with an entry of over 1700 dogs, westminster surpassed even Crufts to become the largest all breed dog show in the world.
Winning Dogs titles are catagorize according to General Specials featuring;
1. Best in Breed
2. Best in Group
3. Best in Show.
General Specials are dog competitions in which the Best of Breed winners return to compete for Best in Group, these Dog Group winners the return to compete for the title Beat in Show.
Requirements for entry:
To keep the show's popularity and prestige, starting in 1992 the AKC limited entries by requiring that dogs must have already earned their breed Championship before appearing at Westminster.