Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show - 135th Year In 2011

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show – 135th Year In 2011

By: - Arts & Entertainment - September 30, 2011
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The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is an institution in the US. Even for people who do not watch the dog show circuit regularly, this can be an exciting even for all dog lovers and animal lovers alike. Even in 2011 it was aired on the USA Network and was the highest rated sports related show thus far in the year. 2011 was the 135th year for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and 2500 dogs competed. It was held from February 14th – 15th at its usual location at Madison Square Garden and featured all 179 American Kennel Club breeds.

The first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was held in May of 1877 as a show of gun and hunting dogs. It featured pointers, setters and hounds prominently.  The first show drew 1200 participants and was held over 4 days in New York City at the Westminster Hotel. The prizes in the beginning years of the show were guns that the owners were able to use on their hunting trips, usually with bejeweled handles.

Dogs in the Westminster dog show are judged by breed and judged against breed standards. The dog in each breed that shows the best of the standards will be the representative for that breed in the group judging. There are several groups in the Westminster dog show including the Terrier Group, Toy Group, Hound Group and Sporting Group. Each group will declare a winner after additional rounds of judging and the winner of each group will move on to the Best in Show category.

The Westminster Dog Show 2011 winner was a Scottish Deerhound named Hickory. She was 5 years old at the time and was the first of her breed to ever win a Best in Show. The full name of Hickory, the Westminster Dog Show 2011 winner is GCH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind and she is from Virginia. All winners of the show, including the Westminster Dog Show 2011 winner, Hickory is treated to a steak from the well known Sardi’s restaurant in New York City and is also taken for a ride to the top of the Empire State Building.  According to her owners and handler, Hickory enjoys running in fields and chasing small game, such as rabbits in her spare time.  Until the next show in February of 2012, Hickory will have the illustrious title of “America’s Dog”.  At that point, another champion will be crowned.

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