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When Is The Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show?
The Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show takes place every February in New York City.
- 2016: 140th Dog Show: February 15-16, 2016
- 2017: 141st Dog Show
- 2018: 142nd Dog Show
- 2019: 143rd Dog Show
- 2020: 144th Dog Show
- 2021: 145th Dog Show
What is The Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show?
The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organization dedicated to purebred dogs.
You can read more about its rich history, which dates back to 1877. The dog show is a competition that takes place in New York City and includes breed and group judging, a junior showmanship competition, benching and best in show competition. New for 2016 is a Masters Obedience Championship.
The preliminary daytime events take place at Piers 92 & 94 on the West Side and are much more intimate than the larger dog show that takes place in the evening of both days at Madison Square Garden.
Breed Judging takes place on the piers during the day. Participation in the competition is limited to those that are invited by the AKC. The winners of each breed judging competition move on to the group judging in seven categories: herding, sporting, working, hound, terrier, toy, and non-sporting. The group judging takes place each evening at Madison Square Garden.
The Best in Show competition features the winners of each group and is probably the show's most famous competition.
Where Does The Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show Take Place?
The Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show takes place at Madison Square Garden.
- Madison Square Garden is located between Seventh and Eighth Avenues from 31st and 33rd Streets.
- Closest Subways to Madison Square Garden: 1/2/3 or A/C/E to 34th Street/Penn Station; B/D/F and N/Q/R to 34th Street/Ave of the Americas
What You Should You Know About The Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show
- The Westminster Dog Show is a ticketed event. Tickets cost $25-160 each.
- Tickets for pier access are available directly through WKC.
- Tickets for the evening shows are available through Ticketmaster.
- Entry is limited to 2500 dogs.
- 170 breeds and varieties are judged during the two-day event
More About the Westminster Dog Show
- MSG.com's Dog Show Page - features lots of photo galleries and trivia from the Dog Show
- Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show - official site with entry rules, schedules, photos, etc. They also stream a lot of the show online.
- Hotel and NYC Information from the Westminster Kennel Club - information about hotels, veterinary care, and parking near Madison Square Garden