Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tickets
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a two-day benched conformation show
that takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City every year. The show features numerous breeds competing in various categories.
Dog owners from around the world come to show their dogs in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dogs are judged closely by eminent American Kennel Club (AKC) judges. It is considered by many to be America's most prestigious dog show. Order your Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tickets online today and see the finest in canine showmanship live!
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The first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was held in 1877. No other continuously held sporting event in the United States is older except for the Kentucky Derby, which predates the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show by only two years. The show originated as a show for sporting dogs, primarily setters and pointers, initiated by a group of hunting men who met regularly at the Westminster Hotel at Irving Place and Sixteenth Street in Manhattan. They decided to create a kennel club called the Westminster Kennel Club specifically for the purpose of holding a dog show. The prizes for these first shows included such items as pearl handled pistols, of use to the hunters and terriermen who worked these dogs in the field. Since that time dog shows have drifted away from a focus on working dogs to a focus on the appearance of the dog alone.
Television coverage of the event first occurred in 1948, and continues through the present time. Television condenses the showing of more than 2500 dogs in well over 150 breeds in multiple rings over two days into a usually two-hour show, primarily focusing on the General Specials (featuring winners from each breed competing for the title Best In Group) and the final Best In Show (chosen from among the winners of Best In Group).
In 1884, the AKC began requiring that all dog participants be registered with the AKC. This eliminates hundreds of less-common breeds recognized by other kennel clubs both in the United States and abroad. Because of the show's popularity and prestige, starting in 1992 the AKC limited entries by requiring that dogs must have already earned their breed Championship before appearing at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Still, in 2005, 2,581 dogs were entered. Although not required, most dogs are handled at Westminster by professional dog handlers who earn good fees for being able to bring out a dogs' strengths in the show ring. Although few dogs have won more than once at Westminster, several skilled handlers have managed the feat with different dogs of different breeds.