WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW
It’s a howlin’ good time when New York goes to the dogs for two days during Valentines Day week. The Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden is always held the same week as Valentine’s day. The Westminster Kennel Club sponsors the show for nearly 3,000 dogs who strut their stuff.
Winners get a trophy, but there is no prize money. Of course, breeding contracts often follow.
The show is an opportunity to introduce new breeds. For example, in 2019 two breeds introduced were the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen (or “Grand”) and the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje ( pronounced Koi-ker-hond-yuh, also known as a Koiker).
HOW TO OBSERVE
You may not want to show your dog at the Westminster Dog Show. It costs between $50,000 – $100,000 to get your dog muscled, groomed and trained for the show.
Tickets to get into the show are between $35.00 and $600.00 per day.
You can watch it on television sports channels or follow on social media. Use the hashtags #WKCDogShow #RoadtoWKC #WestminsterWeek
The dog show came from a gathering of sporting gentlemen who formed a club and started a kennel.
Before there was a Brooklyn Bridge, World Series, Washington Monument, or an American Kennel Club, there was a dog show in New York. The only U.S. sporting competition older then the Westminster Dog Show is the Kentucky Derby which is two years older. The First Annual New York Bench Show of Dogs, was in 1877 before there was a Madison’s Square Garden at a place called Gilmore’s Garden.” The first year attracted more than 1,200 dogs.