The country’s oldest, most prestigious canine competition is quickly approaching. Set your DVRs to record the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show!
Monday, 2/13 @ 8 pm – 11 pm. Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, Herding Groups
Tuesday, 2/14 @ 8 pm – 11 pm. Sporting, Working, Terrier Groups and Best in Show
TV and Live Streaming Schedule: http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/plan-your-visit/tv-schedule/
The Labrador Retriever that wins the “Best of Breed” award will vie for the Sporting Group title against other sub-category winners. Seven Best of Group winners later will compete for the overall title of Best in Show. According to the American Kennel Club, competition events are intended to evaluate breeding stock. To be eligible, a canine must be registered with the club, be age six months or older, be a breed for which classes are offered at the given show, and meet other requirements specific to its breed.
Dogs compete for points toward their AKC championship. Judges award points after examining a dog’s teeth, muscle, bones, coat texture and profile for overall balance, according to the AKC. Contestants also are judged on their gait.
To become a recognized champion, each canine needs 15 points, including two from major wins worth 3-5 points and from at least three different judges. Points are awarded depending on the number of entries of the breed in a show.
Grand champions must have earned 25 points under four different judges. They also need three major wins and to have defeated another Champion of Record in three competitive shows.