Photos: 140th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Dogs of all shapes and sizes descend on New York City with their owners and handlers for the 140th annual Westminster Kennel Club Show, February 15-16. More than 3,000 canines from all 50 states and beyond came to compete.
The dog show features hound, toy, non-sporting, herding, sporting, working and terrier groups, of which there are 199 breeds and varieties eligible. Labrador Retrievers are the most common entrants in this year’s show with 51 dogs, followed by 50 Golden Retrievers and 48 French bulldogs.
The third annual Masters Agility Championship showcases 330 dogs from 28 states, with New Jersey, New York and Connecticut represented the most.
This year also brings the inaugural Masters Obedience Championship, in which only 35 dogs were invited to participate. Just as in the agility competition, mixed breeds are eligible in the obedience event. Dogs are led through exercises such as following hand signals, retrieving over a high jump and scent discrimination.