The 2022 Westminster Kennel Club dog show has been postponed due to rising cases of Omicron strain COVID-19 throughout New York City.
This news was announced on the WKC website with a short statement on Wednesday evening, December 29. The show was originally scheduled to take place in late January.
“Due to the rise of the Omicron variant in New York, the Westminster Kennel Club Board of Governors have made the difficult decision to postpone the 146th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show presented by Purina Pro Plan to a later date in 2022,” the announcement read in part.
“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 later date.
Westminster Kennel Club 2022 dog show postponed due to COVID.
Due to the pandemic, the 2021 edition was moved from the traditional Madison Square Garden location in its traditional February location to the Lyndonhurst outdoor domain in June. The Best in Show title went to Wasabi the Pekingese, officially known as GCHG. CH Pequest Wasabi.
It’s likely the event will still be televised on Fox Sports 1 and the main Fox channel wherever and wherever in the year it moves, though that will likely require some reshuffling of the NASCAR schedule.
Westminster is often considered the largest (as well as the oldest) of the major dog shows (which also include the Beverly Hills Dog Show, the National Dog Show, and the AKC National Championship), and for much of the 20th century was considered the equivalent of the World Series or the Indianapolis 500.
So while the 2022 Westminster Kennel Club dog show postponed due to rising COVID cases is very disappointing, keeping everyone as healthy as possible is far more important than ensuring that a schedule is strictly adhered to.