Dog show

Westminster Dog Show Facts

Len Rome’s Daily Report on Little-Known Facts

(WYTV) – The Westminster Dog Show is a contest held annually at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Last year and this year it was held at an estate in Tanneytown The Westminster Kennel Club started in New York in the 1870s. Westminster was the name of a long-gone hotel in Manhattan.

The dog show is the second oldest continuously held sporting event in the United States, behind only the Kentucky Derby.
Think of it as the Super Bowl of the dog world. Thousands of dogs representing hundreds of breeds from across the country compete: how agile are they, how obedient are they?

There is no cash prize, the money can come later from breeding. That’s the point of the show: the winner is chosen on their ability to breed well and improve the next generation of dogs.

The show in Tarrytown, New York last year and this year allowed it to be held outdoors for the first time.
In 2009, a 10-year-old Sussex Spaniel named Stump broke the record for the oldest dog to win “Best in Show”. He then appeared on the cover of AARP magazine.

The Westminster Dog Show winner traditionally eats a celebratory lunch at Sardi’s, breaking New York health codes that keep pets out of restaurants.