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Don't miss the 144th WKC Dog Show 2020! Expanding to Three Days, attending or following from home, here's the When, Where and Who including TV schedules and BIS judge.


January 28, 2020

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


All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan®. There are 2,594 dogs representing 204 breeds and varieties from 49 states including the Azawakh. See the fastest agility dogs, the most obedient canines, junior handlers, Best of Breed and Best In Show!


Check USA Network for Monday, February 10 from 8-9 PM ET, CNBC from 9-11 PM ET and your cable and local channel programming listing. Also check Fox Sports 1, FuboTV and FOX Sports GO.  STREAMING LIVE from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm EST on, WKC App.


Saturday, February 8th, 2020 - The 7th Annual Masters Agility Championship - Westminster Preliminaries are from 8 am to 4 pm (doors open at 7:30 am) Evening session for the Masters Agility Championship Finals are 7 pm – 9 pm.  *Note the events will take place at Pier 94 (711 12th Ave. at 55th St. & West Side Highway). The 7th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster will be judged by Ms. Sue Barnett Palm City, FL and Ms. Lavonda L. Herring LaGrangeville, NY.


10 dogs with the highest combined scores from each of the five height classes will move on to the Championship Round, the 50 finalists will compete for the title of Masters Agility Champion. All-American (mixed breed) dogs will be competing against purebred dogs.


Sunday, February 9th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Judging of Hound and Herding breeds (VIDEOS ON DEMAND of Breed Judging available on and WKC App). The 5th Annual Masters Obedience Championship, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  Both events will be held at Pier 94, 711 12th Ave. at 55th St. & West Side Highway (doors open at 7:30 am).  Mr. John D. Landis Hellertown, PA will officiate for the 5th Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster.


The Masters Obedience Championship consists of 22 dogs from 10 breeds, coming from 13 states led by New Jersey (6) and Illinois (3). The top breeds are Border Collies (8) and Labrador Retrievers (3). All dogs, purebred and All-American (mixed breed) are allowed to compete. Qualifying scores will be recorded toward AKC titles.


The 7th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Finals can be viewed from 8 am to 10 pm on FS1 Fox Sports TV.


Watch Westminster week free by Live Streaming available on, the WKC App and FOX Sports App (FOX Sports GO with TV provider login), FS1 Fox Sports TV and FS2. If you are going to watch your dog or your friend's dog from the comfort of your living room, snacks stacked, beverages handy, here are the details...


144th Westminster Dog Show 2020 TV Broadcast Schedule:

Monday, February 10th, 2020 daytime, Judging of Terrier, Non-Sporting, Toy breeds and of Junior Showmanship Preliminaries at Pier 94. (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) doors open at 7:30 am.  STREAMING LIVE from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST on , WKC App, and FOX Sports App, VIDEOS ON DEMAND of Breed Judging available on  and WKC App. FS2 LIVE TELECAST from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST for selected coverage of Breed Judging.


Monday, February 10th, 2020 evening, Group Judging (Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, Herding) at Madison Square Garden 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm doors open at 6:00 pm.  FS1 LIVE TELECAST from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm EST Pre-Show Programming and Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Group Competitions of the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups from 7:30 to 11:00 EST.


Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 daytime, Judging of Sporting and Working breeds and Junior Showmanship Preliminaries at Pier 94. (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) doors open at 7:30 am. STREAMING LIVE from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST on  WKC App, and FOX Sports App, VIDEOS ON DEMAND of Breed Judging available on and WKC App. FS2 LIVE TELECAST from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST for selected coverage of Breed Judging.


Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 evening, Madison Square Garden beginning at 7:00pm The Best Junior Handler award will be decided by Judge Mrs. Valerie Nunes-Atkinson Temecula, CA for the 87th Junior Showmanship Finals. The eight junior showmanship finalists will be determined in preliminary rounds by judges Mrs. Sioux Forsyth-Green Pinehurst, SC and Mrs. Marianne “Tuni” Conti Oxford, CT.


The Group Judging (Sporting, Working, Terrier) followed by BEST IN SHOW competition at Madison Square Garden (7:30 pm – 11:00 pm) doors open at 6:00 pm. FS1 LIVE TELECAST from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm EST, Pre-Show and portions of the Junior Showmanship Final and Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Group Competitions of the Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups and Best In Show winner from 7:30 to 11:00 EST.


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 top dog rankings and judging information is compiled from multiple sources, including the Westminster Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club,, DN Magazine and the Canine Chronicle.


Benching Area - The dogs are "benched" in pre-set compartments, up off the floor for easy viewing. Before you pet the dog or feel the coat, ask permission. Better yet, refrain from doing either... while most of these dogs are used to crowds and admirers, imagine yourself in the same situation - hours on display in stressful conditions. These dogs are the ultimate professionals and they are incredibly patient but...DO NOT give any dog a treat! The benching area will be crowded.  Be polite, be patient, and watch your wallet as you would in any crowded area. 

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 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!


Westminster Best In Show Judge

Mr. Robert "Bob" H. Slay of Cary, NC is WKC 2020's Best In Show judge.


Mr. Slay grew up in Mississippi on a working farm with several types of hunting dogs. While serving in the Navy he purchased his first German Shepherd Dog. She easily achieved her American Kennel Club championship and Mr. Slay was forever hooked on the sport. He was married to the late Jane Vassar “Candye” Slay and has one son and two grandchildren.


Mr. Slay is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and the United States Naval Officers Candidate School. He also attended the Yale University School of Executive Management Leadership Program. Mr. Slay served as chairman of one of the largest public-school systems in South Carolina. He also served several years as the South Carolina State Chairman of the Morris Animal Foundation. He was a member of the original steering committee for the AKC Museum of the Dog.


In addition to his judging career, Mr. Slay served as an AKC Executive Field Representative and later as a Vice-President. While at the AKC he was responsible for the development and implementation of AKC's first DNA programs. He knows how to run a ring and a dog show having served as president and show chairman for several all-breed and specialty dog clubs. Mr. Slay judged the Westminster Herding Group in 2009 and the Working Group in 2018.This will be his eighth judging assignment at Westminster.


These Group Judges will select a Group winner to be judged for Best in Show.

Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 the judges to select the group winners are: Hound Group, Ms. Marjorie Martorella Millstone Township, NJ | Toy Group, Mrs. Doris Cozart Denton, TX |  Non-Sporting Group, Mr. Allen L. Odom Denver, CO | Herding Group, Mrs. Shirley D. Limoges Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 the judges to select the remaining three group winners are: Sporting Group, Ms. Theresa L. Hundt Sandy Hook, CT | Working Group, Mr. Jay Richardson Elgin, IL | Terrier Group, Mr. Norman B. Kenney Cross Roads, TX.


Dog Show Entries Provided by

SPORTING BREEDS (442 dogs): Brittanys (19), Lagotti Romagnoli (10), Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes (5), Pointers (17), Pointers (German Shorthaired) (28), Pointers (German Wirehaired) (9), Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay) (13), Retrievers (Curly-Coated) (6), Retrievers (Flat-Coated) (23), Retrievers (Golden) (48), Retrievers (Labrador) (44), Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) (15), Setters (English) (16), Setters (Gordon) (8), Setters (Irish) (14), Setters (Irish Red and White) (11), Spaniels (American Water) (2), Spaniels (Boykin) (5), Spaniels (Clumber) (9), Spaniels (Cocker) A.S.C.O.B. (8), Spaniels (Cocker) Black (9), Spaniels (Cocker) Parti-Color (7), Spaniels (English Cocker) (11), Spaniels (English Springer) (29), Spaniels (Field) (9), Spaniels (Irish Water) (4), Spaniels (Sussex) (7), Spaniels (Welsh Springer) (7), Spinoni Italiani (13), Vizslas (17), Weimaraners (10), Wirehaired Pointing Griffons (5), Wirehaired Vizslas (4).


HOUND BREEDS (361 dogs): Afghan Hounds (17), American English Coonhounds (2), American Foxhounds (4), Azawakhs (6), Basenjis (13), Basset Hounds (8), Beagles, (13”) (9), Beagles, (15”) (18), Black and Tan Coonhounds (5), Bloodhounds (7), Bluetick Coonhounds (5), Borzois (16), Cirnechi dell'Etna (10), Dachshunds (Longhaired) (16), Dachshunds (Smooth) (23), Dachshunds (Wirehaired) (16), English Foxhounds (1), Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens (3), Greyhounds (9), Harriers (2), Ibizan Hounds (12), Irish Wolfhounds (13), Norwegian Elkhounds (8), Otterhounds (5), Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens (14), Pharaoh Hounds (12), Plotts (7), Portuguese Podengo Pequenos (15), Redbone Coonhounds (7), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (28), Salukis (12), Scottish Deerhounds (6), Sloughis (1), Treeing Walker Coonhounds (8), Whippets (23).


WORKING BREEDS (399 dogs): Akitas (6), Alaskan Malamutes (10), Anatolian Shepherd Dogs (6), Bernese Mountain Dogs (30), Black Russian Terriers (15), Boerboels (5), Boxers (15), Bullmastiffs (16), Cane Corsos (19), Doberman Pinschers (17), Dogues de Bordeaux (8), German Pinschers (4), Giant Schnauzers (15), Great Danes (26), Great Pyrenees (11), Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs (10), Komondorok (1), Kuvaszok (4), Leonbergers (17), Mastiffs (14), Neapolitan Mastiffs (10), Newfoundlands (19), Portuguese Water Dogs (16), Rottweilers (22), St. Bernards (8), Samoyeds (26), Siberian Huskies (22), Standard Schnauzers (15), Tibetan Mastiffs (12).


TERRIER BREEDS (314 dogs): Airedale Terriers (14), American Hairless Terriers (6), American Staffordshire Terriers (10), Australian Terriers (10), Bedlington Terriers (11), Border Terriers (15), Bull Terriers (Colored) (3), Bull Terriers (White) (2), Cairn Terriers (15), Cesky Terriers (3), Dandie Dinmont Terriers (3), Fox Terriers (Smooth) (15), Fox Terriers (Wire) (12), Glen of Imaal Terriers (4), Irish Terriers (6), Kerry Blue Terriers (18), Lakeland Terriers (7), Manchester Terriers (Standard) (11), Miniature Bull Terriers (11), Miniature Schnauzers (16), Norfolk Terriers (9), Norwich Terriers (14), Parson Russell Terriers (6), Rat Terriers (8), Russell Terriers (14), Scottish Terriers (14), Sealyham Terriers (9), Skye Terriers (3), Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers (10), Staffordshire Bull Terriers (12), Welsh Terriers (5), West Highland White Terriers (18).


TOY BREEDS (359 dogs): Affenpinschers (10), Brussels Griffons (14), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (34), Chihuahuas (Long Coat) (19), Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) (16), Chinese Cresteds (28), English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles) (3), English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby) (3), Havanese (19), Italian Greyhounds (12), Japanese Chin (9), Maltese (12), Manchester Terriers (Toy) (9), Miniature Pinschers (11), Papillons (22), Pekingese (11), Pomeranians (27), Poodles (Toy) (11), Pugs (32), Shih Tzu (17), Silky Terriers (9), Toy Fox Terriers (7), Yorkshire Terriers (24).


NON-SPORTING BREEDS (261 dogs): American Eskimo Dogs (9), Bichons Frises (26), Boston Terriers (24), Bulldogs (8), Chinese Shar-Pei (10), Chow Chows (11), Cotons de Tulear (6), Dalmatians (16), Finnish Spitz (8), French Bulldogs (32), Keeshonden (10), Lhasa Apsos (10), Lowchen (5), Norwegian Lundehunds (3), Poodles (Miniature) (11), Poodles (Standard) (21), Schipperkes (6), Shiba Inu (9), Tibetan Spaniels (10), Tibetan Terriers (16), Xoloitzcuintli (10).


HERDING BREEDS (364 dogs): Australian Cattle Dogs (10), Australian Shepherds (28), Bearded Collies (18), Beaucerons (10), Belgian Malinois (12), Belgian Sheepdogs (4), Belgian Tervuren (13), Bergamasco Sheepdogs (7), Berger Picards (13), Border Collies (24), Bouviers des Flandres (5), Briards (6), Canaan Dogs (4), Cardigan Welsh Corgis (19), Collies (Rough) (18), Collies (Smooth) (11), Entlebucher Mountain Dogs (2), Finnish Lapphunds (10), German Shepherd Dogs (13), Icelandic Sheepdogs (7), Miniature American Shepherds (28), Norwegian Buhunds (7), Old English Sheepdogs (8), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (25), Polish Lowland Sheepdogs (11), Pulik (6), Pumik (9), Pyrenean Shepherds (7), Shetland Sheepdogs (17), Spanish Water Dogs (9), Swedish Vallhunds (3).


Dogs entered from other Countries (19): Argentina (2), Australia (2), Belgium (1), Bermuda (1), Brazil (2), Canada (63), Chile (2), Columbia (1), Costa Rica (1), Croatia (1), Germany (1), Guatemala (1), Japan (11), Lithuania (2), Mexico (2), Russia (1), South Korea (5), Sweden (1), and Thailand (1).


The Westminster Dog Show 2020 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 glitz, glamour and glory for all.


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