The 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, presented by Purina® Pro Plan®, will be held this year on Monday and Tuesday, February 16th and 17th. Live coverage of the finals will be broadcast on CNBC on Monday from 8 – 11 pm Eastern Time, and on USA on Tuesday from 8 – 11 pm Eastern Time. Tune in to see who wins this year’s coveted Best in Show title.
The Czar of Russia once entered his Siberian Wolfhound in competition.
In the 1889 dog show, the Siberian Wolfhound’s breeder was listed as “The Czar of Russia.”
There wasn’t always a Best in Show.
The Best in Show award wasn’t given out until 1907. The first year, the decision was made by a panel of 10 different judges.
It started as a way to celebrate America’s 100th birthday.
The first Westminster Kennel Club dog show was held in 1876, in celebration of the American Centennial.
The first female dog show judge in America judged at Westminster.
Anna Whitney, who judged the St. Bernard breed in 1888, was not only the first female judge in America, but the only female judge until 1901.
J.P. Morgan used to show collies at Westminster.
He entered his first dogs in 1893, but subsequently made lots more appearances at various Westminster shows over the years.
Lou Gehrig entered a German Shepherd in 1933.
Though his dog, named Afra, didn’t win, she did come in second in her class.
Proceeds from the show have often been donated to charitable causes.
During WWI and WWII, profits from some shows were donated to the Red Cross in support of the war effort.
The last 8 Westminster Best in show winners were all fueled by the same brand of dog food.
In fact, 94 out of the top 100 AKC All-Breed Champions are fed Purina Pro Plan*.
Champion K-Run’s Park Me in First (“Uno”) was the first Beagle ever and the first Hound in 25 years to win Best in Show at Westminster.
His victory set off a yearlong celebration dubbed “Beaglemania” by the media. “Uno” was also the first Westminster winner to be invited to the White House.
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*AKC Top Dogs™ All Breed Competition through December 31st, 2014.