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WKC Dog Show 2019 is not to be missed! Attending or following from home, here is the When, Where and Who including the BIS judge and TV schedules.


February 4, 2019

Denise Lovette, Media Dept. Manager staff wishes you a safe trip. If your dog goes Winners or Best Of Breed email me at WKC WINNERS for our Westminster follow up report.


Meet & Compete featuring the 6th Masters Agility Championship and the 10th AKC Meet The Breeds is Saturday, February 9th.  Daytime Session for the 6th Masters Agility Championship (8 am – 4 pm) and the 10th AKC Meet The Breeds (10 am – 5 pm).  Evening Session for Masters Agility Championship Finals (7 pm – 9 pm) *Note the Daytime session will take place at Piers 92/94 and evening session will take place at Pier 94 (711 12th Ave. at 55th St. & West Side Highway).  Masters Obedience Championship will be February 11th (8 am - 4:30 pm) at Pier 94 (711 12th Ave. at 55th St. & West Side Highway). Dog Show 101 (12 pm - 1 pm) at Pier 94, Ring 10.


About Meet the Breeds: AKC Meet the Breeds® is sponsored by Purina Pro Plan. This popular event gives dog fanciers and pet lovers an extraordinary opportunity to meet "more than 150 different dog and cat breeds in booths individually decorated to depict each breed’s country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet."


At Meet The Breeds, you can talk to breeders, pet the dogs and learn which breeds are most appealing to you. Everyone wants to get up close and personal with the dogs and exhibitors but be prepared to get that way with thousands of strangers - and watch your wallet!  The benching sections where the dogs are on display are like a circus midway but with no room to move! 


If you are visiting, remember it is the dogs and the people who bring them that make your trip so exciting so make way for them! Don’t touch the white poodle or the Neo unless you ask. Most handlers will say “not now” and continue to try to relax the dogs while surrounded by bedlam.  Actually, some owners may be dozing or reading, which is a sure sign they don’t want to talk.  Others will be only too happy to tell you how wonderful their breed is and show you puppy pictures. Take your business cards and be prepared to save at least a hundred from old friends, strangers, and dog handlers.


If you spot empty seats in the stands right above the breed you want to watch, okay, you can probably get away with sitting there for a few minutes. Unless you have a dog in that ring, don't even think about getting space down on the floor to watch from ringside.  The dog's owners and attendants will be 5 deep.  You really can see more from up in the stands or the walkway but if you are not seated KEEP MOVING!


If you are just going to watch your dog or your friends from the comfort of your living room, snacks stacked, beverage handy, here is the


Westminster Dog Show TV Broadcast Schedule:

All Daytime Sessions at Piers 92/94 (711 12th Ave. at 55th St. & West Side Highway) and Evening Sessions will take place at Madison Square Garden (West 33rd St. & 7th Ave)


Saturday Feb. 9th from Pier 94, preliminaries streaming live on WKC's website and Finals Sunday, February 10th  (2 pm - 4:30 pm) on Fox.


Monday February 11th Daytime schedule (8 am - 4:30 pm) Breed Judging across Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding groups along with Junior Showmanship preliminaries. (8 am - 5 pm) live streaming on FOX Sports GO (with TV provider login) and WKC website, (10 am) Videos On Demand on, (1 pm - 4 pm) select coverage live from the Piers on Nat Geo WILD (check local listings).


Evening schedule (7:30 pm - 11:30 pm), doors open at 6 pm for Best of Breed benching area and Group Judging across Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding groups (7 pm - 7:30 pm Pre-Show and 7:30 pm - 11 pm) LIVE from Madison Square Garden on FS1 Fox Sports TV.


Tuesday February 12th Daytime schedule (8 am - 4:30 pm) Breed Judging across Sporting, Working and Terrier groups along with Junior Showmanship preliminaries. (8 am - 5 pm) streaming live on FOX Sports GO (with TV provider login) and WKC website, (10 am) Videos On Demand on, (1 pm - 4 pm) select coverage live from the Piers on Nat Geo WILD (check local listings).


Evening schedule (7:30 pm - 11:30 pm), doors open at 6 pm for Best of Breed benching area, Junior Showmanship Finals (begins at 7:00 pm) and Group Judging across Sporting, Working and Terrier groups (7 pm - 7:30 pm Pre-Show and a portion of Junior Showmanship Finals - 7:30 pm - 11 pm) LIVE from Madison Square Garden on FS1 BEST IN SHOW!


As with previous years, both purebred dogs and mixed breeds are eligible. That includes purebred dogs, mixed breeds registered in the AKC’s Canine Partners program, Miscellaneous breeds not yet eligible for conformation competition, Foundation Stock Service recorded breeds, and Purebred Alternative Listing dogs (purebred dogs that cannot be fully registered).


The judging information is compiled from multiple sources, including the Westminster Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club, and


Westminster Best In Show Judge

Mr. Peter J. Green of Bowmansville, PA is the 2019 Westminster Best In Show judge.


Mr. Green still has his British accent (born in Wales) and statesmanlike dignity.  As a handler, he could not be ruffled or thrown off stride by competitors.  His ring presence is formidable, as a former handler and now as an multi-Group judge.


Peter Green is among the most influential and accomplished of the "great Terrier men" (and ladies!) He has won Best in Show at the exclusive (All-Terrier) Montgomery County KC numerous times.  He has taken the Westminster Best in Show ribbon four times. 


He is AKC approved to judge the Terrier, Toy, and Herding groups, several Non-Sporting breeds, and Best in Show.  This is his seventh judging assignment at Westminster.


Group judges; Hound Group: Ms. Patricia Craige Trotter of Carmel, CA, Toy Group: Ms. Sharon Newcomb of Sante Fe, NM, Non-Sporting Group: Mr. Mark R. Kennedy of Murrysville, PA, Herding Group: Ms. Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine of Ann Arbor, MI, Sporting Group: be Mr. Douglas Johnson of Bloomington, IN, Working Group: Mr. James Moses of Wentzville, MO, Terrier Group: Ms. Christine Erickson of Mesa, AZ, Junior Showmanship Finals Judge: Ms. Angela Lloyd of Amissville, VA


Two new breeds will be eligible for Westminster for the first time in 2019: the grand basset griffon Vendeen (Hound Group) and the Nederlandse kooikerhondje (Sporting Group). There are 2,801 conformation dogs among 203 breeds and varieties, representing 2,916 entries including 102 Junior Showmanship Qualifiers and 14 obedience teams. There was also 330 agility teams not included in the previous tallies.


Dog Show Entries Provided by

Sporting breeds (540): Brittanys (13), Lagotti Romagnoli (11), Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes (7), Pointers (17), Pointers (German Shorthaired) (37), Pointers (German Wirehaired) (11), Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay) (14), Retrievers (Curly-Coated) (8), Retrievers (Flat-Coated) (32), Retrievers (Golden) (57), Retrievers (Labrador) (47), Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) (32), Setters (English) (19), Setters (Gordon) (10), Setters (Irish) (17), Setters (Irish Red & White) (9), Spaniels (American Water) (3), Spaniels (Boykin) (3), Spaniels (Clumber) (9), Spaniels (Cocker) ASCOB (6), Spaniels (Cocker) Black (10), Spaniels (Cocker) Parti-Color (12), Spaniels (English Cocker) (16), Spaniels (English Springer) (22), Spaniels (Field) (12), Spaniels (Irish Water) (4), Spaniels (Sussex) (6), Spaniels (Welsh Springer) (8), Spinoni Italiani (19), Vizslas (40), Weimaraners (12), Wirehaired Pointing Griffons (9), Wirehaired Vizslas (8).


Hound breeds (429): Afghan Hounds (20), American English Coonhounds (5), American Foxhounds (7), Basenjis (21), Basset Hounds (14), Beagles (13") (13), Beagles (15") (27), Black and Tan Coonhounds (3), Bloodhounds (8), Bluetick Coonhounds (7), Borzois (20), Cirnechi dell'Etna (9), Dachshunds (Longhaired) (22), Dachshunds (Smooth) (27), Dachshunds (Wirehaired) (27), English Foxhounds (2), Grand Bassett Griffon Vendeens (8), Greyhounds (9), Harriers (1), Ibizan Hounds (13), Irish Wolfhounds (11), Norwegian Elkhounds (12), Otterhounds (6), Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens (9), Pharaoh Hounds (10), Plotts (8), Portuguese Podengo Pequenos (11), Redbone Coonhounds (5), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (41), Salukis (14), Scottish Deerhounds (8), Sloughis (1), Treeing Walker Coonhounds (6), Whippets (24).


Working breeds (451): Akitas (7), Alaskan Malamutes (8), Anatolian Shepherd Dogs (6), Bernese Mountain Dogs (53), Black Russian Terriers (12), Boerboels (4), Boxers (14), Bullmastiffs (24), Cane Corsos (18), Doberman Pinschers (28), Dogues de Bordeaux (16), German Pinschers (8), Giant Schnauzers (16), Great Danes (20), Great Pyrenees (8), Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs (19), Komondorok (3), Kuvaszok (4), Leonbergers (18), Mastiffs (12), Neapolitan Mastiffs (5), Newfoundlands (17), Portuguese Water Dogs (16), Rottweilers (18), Samoyeds (30), Siberian Huskies (30), St. Bernards (10), Standard Schnauzers (20), Tibetan Mastiffs (7).


Terrier breeds (310): Airedale Terriers (19), American Hairless Terriers (13), American Staffordshire Terriers (7), Australian Terriers (5), Bedlington Terriers (15), Border Terriers (13), Bull Terriers (Colored) (6), Bull Terriers (White) (2), Cairn Terriers (16), Cesky Terriers (8), Dandie Dinmont Terriers (6), Fox Terriers (Smooth) (16), Fox Terriers (Wire) (12), Glen of Imaal Terriers (9), Irish Terriers (4), Kerry Blue Terriers (11), Lakeland Terriers (10), Manchester Terriers (Standard) (9), Miniature Bull Terriers (10), Miniature Schnauzers (16), Norfolk Terriers (3), Norwich Terriers (10), Parson Russell Terriers (9), Rat Terriers (8), Russell Terriers (13), Scottish Terriers (10), Sealyham Terriers (5), Skye Terriers (6), Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers (14), Staffordshire Bull Terriers (10), Welsh Terriers (4), West Highland White Terriers (11).


Toy breeds (353): Affenpinschers (9), Brussels Griffons (12), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (38), Chihuahuas (Long Coat) (15), Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) (18), Chinese Cresteds (19), English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles) (6), English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby) (7), Havanese (21), Italian Greyhounds (12), Japanese Chin (9), Maltese (11), Manchester Terriers (Toy) (10), Miniature Pinschers (11), Papillons (16), Pekingese (17), Pomeranians (26), Poodles (Toy) (11), Pugs (25), Shih Tzu (12), Silky Terriers (9), Toy Fox Terriers (10), Yorkshire Terriers (29).


Non-Sporting breeds (321): American Eskimo Dogs (11), Bichon Frises (25), Boston Terriers (24), Bulldogs (32), Chinese Shar-Pei (17), Chow Chows (13), Cotons de Tulear (5), Dalmatians (26), Finnish Spitz (6), French Bulldogs (48), Keeshonden (12), Lhasa Apsos (16), Lowchen (3), Norwegian Lundehunds (2), Poodles (Miniature) (10), Poodles (Standard) (19), Schipperkes (7), Shiba Inu (12), Tibetan Spaniels (8), Tibetan Terriers (18), Xoloitzcuintlis (7).


Herding breeds (397): Australian Cattle Dogs (16), Australian Shepherds (38), Bearded Collies (20), Beaucerons (11), Belgian Malinois (16), Belgian Sheepdogs (13), Belgian Tervuren (14), Bergamasco Sheepdogs (7), Berger Picards (13), Border Collies (16), Bouviers des Flandres (7), Briards (9), Canaan Dogs (3), Cardigan Welsh Corgis (26), Collies (Rough) (13), Collies (Smooth) (12), Entlebucher Mountain Dogs (3), Finnish Lapphunds (7), German Shepherd Dogs (13), Icelandic Sheepdogs (6), Miniature American Shepherds (27), Norwegian Buhunds (8), Old English Sheepdogs (8), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (23), Polish Lowland Sheepdogs (10), Pulik (5), Pumik (14), Pyrenean Shepherds (8), Shetland Sheepdogs (10), Spanish Water Dogs (15), Swedish Vallhunds (6).

Dog Show Entries by Location: The United States (all 50 states): Alaska (8), Alabama (15), Arkansas (12), Arizona (26), California (246), Colorado (34), Connecticut (139), Delaware (24), Florida (173), Georgia (54), Hawaii (10), Idaho (12), Illinois (62), Indiana (42), Iowa (8), Kansas (7), Kentucky (29), Louisiana (26), Maine (10), Maryland (92), Massachusetts (110), Michigan (79), Minnesota (37), Mississippi (7), Missouri (33), Montana (7), Nebraska (6), Nevada (13), New Hampshire (32), New Jersey (173), New Mexico (8), New York (209), North Carolina (71), North Dakota (4), Ohio (89), Oklahoma (21), Oregon (22), Pennsylvania (197), Rhode Island (17), South Carolina (51), South Dakota (4), Tennessee (41), Texas (137), Utah (8), Vermont (18), Virginia (124), Washington (87), West Virginia (14), Wisconsin (72), Wyoming (2). Other: Washington D.C. (10), Puerto Rico (3).

Other Countries (14): Brazil (3), Canada (103), Costa Rica (1), Germany (2), Guatemala (2), Japan (6), Lithuania (1), Mexico (7), Peru (3), Russia (8), Slovenia (1), South Korea (4), Spain (1), and Thailand (2).


No matter your breed or your interest, if you love dogs, the Westminster Dog Show 2019 is one of the very best shows in the world.  Comparable to the Crufts Dog Show in the U.K. this New York City event is glamour and glory for all.


Be sure to participate in the

Westminster KC 2019 Pre-Show Who's Who Survey

and then read

Westminster Kennel Club Who's Who Replies


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