Westminster Annual Dog Show Maxes Out Again in NYC

The 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show maxed out again this year with some 2,600 entries representing 179 canine breeds. The Show has been held in every one of the four Madison Square Garden locations since the first one opened in 1880. This year, the show continued at that venue, even whilst the facility is undergoing a huge makeover.

Westminster 2011 Winner in the Working Dog Category, Tibetan Mastifss, poses for the press with owner and judge

The American Kennel Club recognizes seven dog breed types: Hound, Toy, Sporting, Non-Sporting Herding, Working, and Terrier. The big news this year at the Show is that the AKC is recognizing and including six new breeds for entry: Boykin Spaniels (Sporting), Bluetick Coonhounds (Hounds), Redbone Coonhounds (Hounds), Cane Corsos (Working), Leonbergers (Working), and Icelandic Sheedogs (Herding).

Westminster 2011 Winner in the Working Category, Tibetan Mastiff

Entries arrived from all over the United States and Canada and, for the first time in the history of the event, entries from New York outranked those from California (255 vs. 234). There were 112 foreign entries, 95 of those coming from Canada, the balance from Germany, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Australia, Belgium Bermuda, France, Italy, Slovenia, Sweden, and Thailand.

Bulldog spotted on the Show Floor making new friends

The largest breed groups represented were Rhodesian Ridgebacks (56), Golden Retrievers (46), French bulldogs (44), Vizslas (40), Australian Shepherds (39), Labrador Tetrievers (38), German Shorthaird Pointers (36), Pugs (33), and King Charles Spaniels (31).

Westminster 2011 Winner of Best in Breed Bernese Mountain Dog takes a breather outside the show ring

This gathering of the dog-breeding and –loving world traditionally presents judging for Best in Breed, Best in Opposite Sex, and depending upon the number of entries, up to three awards of merit for each breed. The competition lasts two days with groups being shown during the day and a Best in Variety at day’s end. The last night features the Best in Show competition. Notably, Paola Dondina, the judge for Best in Show this year hails from Monterchi, Italy.

Stay tuned for more updates from the Show floor.

Westminster 2011 Contender in the Non-Sporting Category, Chow Chows takes a break after the showing

For more information, please visit the Show web site at: http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/

Photos and text copyright 2011 M. D. Caprario

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M. D. Caprario is a jounalist, author, and editor of books by, for, and about women.  She normally covers all things book, film & entertainment related, and also writes about people and things who want to make our World a better place.  Westminster is her regular departure to follow her passion for all things canine.  Reach her at [email protected].

 

The American Kennel Club recognizes seven dog breed types: Hound, Toy, Sporting, Non-Sporting Herding, Working, and Terrier. The big news this year at the Show is that the AKC is recognizing and including six new breeds for entry: Boykin Spaniels (Sporting), Bluetick Coonhounds (Hounds), Redbone Coonhounds (Hounds), Cane Corsos (Working), Leonbergers (Working), and Icelandic Sheedogs (Herding).

Westminster 2011 Winner in the Working Category, Tibetan Mastiff

Entries arrived from all over the United States and Canada and, for the first time in the history of the event, entries from New York outranked those from California (255 vs. 234). There were 112 foreign entries, 95 of those coming from Canada, the balance from Germany, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Australia, Belgium Bermuda, France, Italy, Slovenia, Sweden, and Thailand.

Bulldog spotted on the Show Floor making new friends

The largest breed groups represented were Rhodesian Ridgebacks (56), Golden Retrievers (46), French bulldogs (44), Vizslas (40), Australian Shepherds (39), Labrador Tetrievers (38), German Shorthaird Pointers (36), Pugs (33), and King Charles Spaniels (31).

Westminster 2011 Winner of Best in Breed Bernese Mountain Dog takes a breather outside the show ring

This gathering of the dog-breeding and –loving world traditionally presents judging for Best in Breed, Best in Opposite Sex, and depending upon the number of entries, up to three awards of merit for each breed. The competition lasts two days with groups being shown during the day and a Best in Variety at day’s end. The last night features the Best in Show competition. Notably, Paola Dondina, the judge for Best in Show this year hails from Monterchi, Italy.

Stay tuned for more updates from the Show floor.

Westminster 2011 Contender in the Non-Sporting Category, Chow Chows takes a break after the showing

For more information, please visit the Show web site at: http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/

Photos and text copyright 2011 M. D. Caprario

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M. D. Caprario is a jounalist, author, and editor of books by, for, and about women.  She normally covers all things book, film & entertainment related, and also writes about people and things who want to make our World a better place.  Westminster is her regular departure to follow her passion for all things canine.  Reach her at [email protected].

 

 

The American Kennel Club recognizes seven dog breed types: Hound, Toy, Sporting, Non-Sporting Herding, Working, and Terrier. The big news this year at the Show is that the AKC is recognizing and including six new breeds for entry: Boykin Spaniels (Sporting), Bluetick Coonhounds (Hounds), Redbone Coonhounds (Hounds), Cane Corsos (Working), Leonbergers (Working), and Icelandic Sheedogs (Herding).

Westminster 2011 Winner in the Working Category, Tibetan Mastiff

Entries arrived from all over the United States and Canada and, for the first time in the history of the event, entries from New York outranked those from California (255 vs. 234). There were 112 foreign entries, 95 of those coming from Canada, the balance from Germany, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Australia, Belgium Bermuda, France, Italy, Slovenia, Sweden, and Thailand.

Bulldog spotted on the Show Floor making new friends

The largest breed groups represented were Rhodesian Ridgebacks (56), Golden Retrievers (46), French bulldogs (44), Vizslas (40), Australian Shepherds (39), Labrador Tetrievers (38), German Shorthaird Pointers (36), Pugs (33), and King Charles Spaniels (31).

Westminster 2011 Winner of Best in Breed Bernese Mountain Dog takes a breather outside the show ring

This gathering of the dog-breeding and –loving world traditionally presents judging for Best in Breed, Best in Opposite Sex, and depending upon the number of entries, up to three awards of merit for each breed. The competition lasts two days with groups being shown during the day and a Best in Variety at day’s end. The last night features the Best in Show competition. Notably, Paola Dondina, the judge for Best in Show this year hails from Monterchi, Italy.

Stay tuned for more updates from the Show floor.

Westminster 2011 Contender in the Non-Sporting Category, Chow Chows takes a break after the showing

For more information, please visit the Show web site at: http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/

Photos and text copyright 2011 M. D. Caprario

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M. D. Caprario is a jounalist, author, and editor of books by, for, and about women.  She normally covers all things book, film & entertainment related, and also writes about people and things who want to make our World a better place.  Westminster is her regular departure to follow her passion for all things canine.  Reach her at [email protected].

 

 

The American Kennel Club recognizes seven dog breed types: Hound, Toy, Sporting, Non-Sporting Herding, Working, and Terrier. The big news this year at the Show is that the AKC is recognizing and including six new breeds for entry: Boykin Spaniels (Sporting), Bluetick Coonhounds (Hounds), Redbone Coonhounds (Hounds), Cane Corsos (Working), Leonbergers (Working), and Icelandic Sheedogs (Herding).

Westminster 2011 Winner in the Working Category, Tibetan Mastiff

Entries arrived from all over the United States and Canada and, for the first time in the history of the event, entries from New York outranked those from California (255 vs. 234). There were 112 foreign entries, 95 of those coming from Canada, the balance from Germany, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Australia, Belgium Bermuda, France, Italy, Slovenia, Sweden, and Thailand.

Bulldog spotted on the Show Floor making new friends

The largest breed groups represented were Rhodesian Ridgebacks (56), Golden Retrievers (46), French bulldogs (44), Vizslas (40), Australian Shepherds (39), Labrador Tetrievers (38), German Shorthaird Pointers (36), Pugs (33), and King Charles Spaniels (31).

Westminster 2011 Winner of Best in Breed Bernese Mountain Dog takes a breather outside the show ring

This gathering of the dog-breeding and –loving world traditionally presents judging for Best in Breed, Best in Opposite Sex, and depending upon the number of entries, up to three awards of merit for each breed. The competition lasts two days with groups being shown during the day and a Best in Variety at day’s end. The last night features the Best in Show competition. Notably, Paola Dondina, the judge for Best in Show this year hails from Monterchi, Italy.

Stay tuned for more updates from the Show floor.

Westminster 2011 Contender in the Non-Sporting Category, Chow Chows takes a break after the showing

For more information, please visit the Show web site at: http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/

Photos and text copyright 2011 M. D. Caprario

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

M. D. Caprario is a jounalist, author, and editor of books by, for, and about women.  She normally covers all things book, film & entertainment related, and also writes about people and things who want to make our World a better place.  Westminster is her regular departure to follow her passion for all things canine.  Reach her at [email protected].

 

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