Dog show

COVID-19 forces postponement of Westminster Kennel Club dog show

Press Release: Westminster Kennel Club

Due to the rise of the Omicron variant in New York, the Westminster Kennel Club Board of Governors made the difficult decision to postpone the 146and Annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show presented by Purina Pro Plan until a later date in 2022.

“The health and safety of all participants at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show is paramount. We appreciate the continued interest and support from the community as we reschedule the show to a time when it is safe for us to come together,” the organization said in its official announcement.

A new date will be announced once confirmed.

The dog show attracts competitors from across the United States and is normally held in February at Madison Square Garden. Last year it was moved in June and held at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York. A Pekingese named Wasabi won Best in Show, beating a Whippet, French Bulldog, Old English Sheepdog, German Shorthaired Pointer, Samoyed and West Highland White Terrier.

The Westminster Kennel Club, founded in 1877, is the oldest American organization dedicated to dog sport. It is home to the iconic Westminster Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show, the second longest continuously held sporting event in the United States and, since 1948, the longest running nationally televised live dog show. The annual dog show – a conformation competition for purebred dogs – and the Masters Agility Championship and Masters Obedience Championship – where dogs from all walks of life are eligible to compete – make Westminster Week with its nearly 3,000 dogs from the United States and around the world an exceptional experience. for any dog ​​lover. America’s Dog Show has captivated dog enthusiasts for over a century with its educational bench format. The public can interact with over 200 dog breeds in New York. The mission of the Club, which improves the lives of all dogs, celebrates the companionship of dogs, promotes responsible dog ownership and the preservation of the breed.

(Photo courtesy of J. Grassa for WKC)