News from the good folks at the Westminster Kennel Club:
Due to the surge of the Omicron variant in New York City, the Board of Governors of the Westminster Kennel Club has 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 health and safety of all participants in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show are paramount. We appreciate the community’s continued interest and support as we delay the show to a time when we can safely convene.
The AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin® will air on ABC as a three-hour special on Sunday January 2, 2022 at 2 p.m. ET. The show features thousands of dogs from around the country and the world competing for the coveted title of America’s National Champion.
Hosting the broadcast is AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo and noted sportscaster Carolyn Manno. This year’s AKC National Championship is the largest dog show in North America with 5,051 dogs entered in Conformation from 50 states and Washington, DC and 13 countries. That combined with competitions in Agility, Obedience, the National Owner-Handled Series Finals, Diving Dogs, junior competitions and AKC Fast CAT, brings the total entries to over 8,500. Dogs will compete for multiple titles across various events and more than $150,000 in prize money, the largest in the world of dog shows. Continue reading AKC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY ROYAL CANIN TO AIR ON ABC JANUARY 2nd→
The Westminster Kennel Club welcomes over 200 breeds and varieties of dogs to the 146th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Presented by Purina Pro Plan on January 24-26, 2022. The iconic dog show is set to return to Madison Square Garden for the evening competitions after the 2021 event was held outside of New York City for the first time in history due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the U.S., the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will again celebrate dog breeds, including those lesser-known breeds such as the American Foxhound, Skye Terrier, Sussex Spaniel, and Bergamasco Sheepdog. These hidden gems will be part of the 19.5 hours of live FOX Sports television coverage culminating with Best in Show on the evening of Wednesday, January 26, on FS1. Continue reading Westminster 2022 By The Numbers→
The 2021 AKC Breeder of the Year has just been announced at the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin. David Fitzpatrick was presented with the 2021 AKC Breeder of the Year award for Pequest Pekingese. The annual award honors those breeders who have made an impact on their breed and dedicate their lives to improving the health, temperament and quality of purebred dogs.
“We are thrilled to honor David Fitzpatrick with the 2021 AKC Breeder of the Year award,” said Dennis B. Sprung, AKC President and CEO. “The Pequest prefix has been associated with top quality, healthy Pekingese in the United States and his positive influence on the breed will be seen for many more years to come.” Continue reading 2021 AKC Breeder of the Year→
The AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin continues to draw impressive numbers. An entry of 5,051 dogs will compete for the title of National Champion on December 18 and 19, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Combined with the other weekend events including the AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes, AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience Classic, AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals, AKC Fast CAT Invitational and the Junior events, the overall show totals top 8,540 entries, remaining the largest dog show in North America.
“We feel extremely fortunate to be in Orlando, FL once again hosting these events despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dennis B. Sprung, AKC President and Show Chairman. “The AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin continues to be an event that attracts top-quality canine athletes from around the world, and we will uphold the tradition of this magnificent show in a safe manner. Thanks to the knowledgeable breeders, exhibitors, and judges who make the National Championship a must-see event. Adding to the show are our important Fast CAT, Agility, Obedience, NOHS and Junior competitions.” Continue reading AKC National Championship Will Host Over 5,000 Dogs December 18 – 19 in Orlando→
And winning Best in Show at the Philadelphia Kennel Club’s National Dog Show:
The Scottish Deerhound “Claire”, the first dog to successfully defend her title for a repeat win!
Congratulations to all who participated.
If you need something to occupy yourself this evening rather than football, tune in to Fox at 8:00 pm Eastern for the World Pet Games, where pet owners showcase just how skilled their furry friends are in five outrageous events including an inter-species race and dunk-off, a cat obstacle course, an extreme dog catch, and a dog high jump. Two hours of athletic pets showcasing their skills. A worldwide, all species contest for pets and their humans.