139th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show kicks off in NYC
This week has been “ruff.”
Dogs from all over the world competed Monday and Tuesday for the ultimate prize — “Best in Show” — at the 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.
It began in 1877 after a group of men met in the city to discuss their sporting victories and decided to hold a dog show in Manhattan. The event has come to reflect the growth and success of New York City. As the show increased in size every year, so did the club’s status as the symbol of the purebred dog.
The most coveted award in the dog show world, “Best in Show” at Westminster, was given for the first time in 1907, according to the event’s website. The only dog to win three times is the smooth fox terrier named Ch. Warren Remedy.
Hounds, toy, non-sporting, and herding groups were shown during the day on Monday, and sporting, working, and terrier groups on Tuesday. Evening sessions were host to group judging and “Best in Show.”
The two-day event ends Tuesday at 11 p.m.