The 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show takes place on February 16 to 17 at the Madison Square Garden in New York!
One single dog will emerge as a star! To be the winner of Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is an incredible accomplishment! In layman’s terms, the winner is the best dog, not only within their breed class, but of all dogs in the country!
How dogs are grouped
All 2,711 dogs competing in the show have earned the title of Champion! Each dog contestant first competes against other dog of their own breed: Dachshunds versus Dachshunds, Labradors versus Labradors, ShihTzus versus Shih Tzus – name it! In this section of the show, one top dog will named Best in Breed for each of the participating breeds.
Each dog breed falls into one of the seven groups. For example, Labrador Retrievers are in the Sporting Group and Pomeranians in the Toy Group. The other five groups are Herding, Hound, Non-Sporting, Terrier and Working.
One dog in each group is hailed as the winner for each of the seven groups! Ultimately, those seven dogs compete for Best in Show!
How Dogs Are Judged
Dog show announcer David Frei told the Tribune, “The Best in Show judge is not comparing each of those seven dogs to one another, but each is being compared to a breed standard which the judge has in his head. The judge is sequestered, and doesn’t know who those seven dogs are until he walks into the ring.”
A retired trial judge of Bonsall, CA,Hon. David Merriam, is this year’s Best in Show judge.
Two New Breeds
Last year, the Westminster Kennel Club welcomed two new dog breeds that will participate in this year’s show for the first time. The Coton de Tulear and the Wire-Haired Vizsla join the other 192 breeds and varieties that will participate in this year’s show.
Coton de Tulear – Named after the breed’s city of origin, Tulear in Madagascar, this dog features a cottony white fur. Cotons are sweet and charming look, yet alert and territorial. They are also very bright and smart. Learn more about the Coton de Tulear here.
Wire Haired Viszla – The Vizla was developed in Hungary. As the breed name indicates, they are the wire-haired version of the smooth-coated, standard, Viszla. Despite the similarities, Frei thinks “they have a bit more substance than the Viszla.”
“That’s probably because they were once crossed with the German Wire-Haired Pointer,” he added.
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be aired Feb. 16 on CNBC and Feb. 17 on the USA Network.
Image source: Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show/Facebook
Article source: Chicago Tribune