Established in 1877, the Westminster Kennel Club is America’s oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.
The club’s annual show runs for three-days to accommodate all the dogs that compete. The first day kicks off with the Annual Masters Agility Championship, where performance dogs climb, jump, weave, and sprint their way through a series of course obstacles. The next two days are dedicated to breed competitions. Dogs are exhibited in seven different groups, organized by the original work that each breed was developed to do. The groups include Herding, Sporting, Non-Sporting, Working, Hounds, Terriers, and Toy breeds. Breeds are evaluated based on their standard, meaning competing dogs aren’t compared to other competitors, but to the ideal proportions, weight and size, head shape, gait and other qualities of the breed. The last event on the third night is “Best in Show.”
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- This blog originally appeared in Martha Stewart’s Up Close and Personal on June 15, 2021.