The 145th Westminster Dog Show is set to take place over the weekend, with most of the events occurring on Saturday and Sunday, including the crowning of the prestigious “Best in Show” award.
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event will move to Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, New York and be held outdoors. It marks one of the only times in the event’s history that it will not be held in the Madison Square Garden.
As has been the case since 2017, Fox Sports owns the broadcast rights to the dog show. As a result, Fox and its affiliates will broadcast the event with FS1 being the primary location for the broadcast and the Fox Sports app containing all of the streamable content.
Here’s a guide to everything you need to know about the 145th Westminster Dog Show, including a full TV schedule and a history of previous winners. Stay tuned this weekend for Sporting News’ live updates and results from the main event on Sunday.
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Westminster Dog Show schedule 2021
The 2021 edition of the Westminster Dog Show will be broadcast June 12-13 on Fox, FS1, FS2 and the Fox Sports app.
Saturday, June 12
|Breed Judging, Junior Showmanship Preliminaries||1 p.m. ET – 4 p.m. ET||FS2|
|Masters Agility Championship Finals||5 p.m. ET – 7 p.m. ET||Fox|
|Pre-Show Programming||7 p.m. ET – 7:30 p.m. ET||FS1|
|Group Judging (Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding Groups)||7:30 p.m. ET – 11 p.m. ET||FS1|
Sunday, June 13
|Breed Judging and Junior Showmanship Preliminaries||1:30 p.m. ET – 4 p.m. ET||FS1|
|Pre-Show Programming||7 p.m. ET – 7:30 p.m. ET||Fox|
|Group Judging (Sporting, Working, Terrier Groups, followed by Best in Show)||7:30 p.m. ET – 11 p.m. ET||Fox|
How to live stream the Westminster Dog Show
The Westminster Dog Show can be streamed online via the Fox Sports App or with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.
Additionally, select content will be available for streaming on www.westminsterkennelclub.org.
Westminster Dog Show schedule of events
Here is the full daily schedule of events for the 2021 Westminster Dog show. Also included is a television schedule for Saturday and Sunday. Below is detailed information about the primary events that comprise the dog show.
(All times Eastern)
Masters Agility Championship
The agility championship will begin with preliminaries on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those will be available to stream at the Westminster Kennel Club’s official website. The championship finals will occur on Saturday from 5-7 p.m. on Fox.
Masters Obedience Championship
The obedience championship will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Westminster Dog Show
The main event will begin on Saturday and will run through Sunday night. Morning sessions will go from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. while evening sessions will run from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Best in Show will be awarded on Sunday, June 13 at the completion of the competition.
What is the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show?
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog show is a yearly event that features nearly 3,000 dogs. Normally, it is held at the Madison Square Garden, though it will be held outdoors in Tarrytown, New York in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The show consists of dogs competing to be the best among their group. There are seven groups total, including hound, toy, non-sporting, sporting, working, herding and terrier. The best dog in each group then competes for the “Best in Show” title.
The show also includes the Masters Agility Championship and Masters Obedience Championships.
History of the Westminster Dog Show
The inaugural Westminster Dog Show was held by the Westminster Kennel Club in 1877 at Gilmore’s Garden, the predecessor for Madison Square Garden. The event was originally supposed to last three days, but after 1,201 dogs entered, it ended up running one day longer. From there, it became an annual event.
The show has been held in every single year since 1877. It occurred during the Great Depression, during wartimes and during pandemic years, as it will in 2021.
The Westminster name comes from a Manhattan hotel that the group of hunters that started the kennel club met at frequently. The only sporting event that has been running longer than the Westminster Dog Show is the Kentucky Derby, which predates it by two years,
Westminster Dog Show winners
The Best in Show award has been given out yearly since 1907, 30 years after the original Westminster Dog show began in 1877. The Terrier group has won the award 47 times, the most of any group. Last year’s winner, Siba the Poodle, gave the Non-Sporting group their 11th win, tied for the fourth-most of the seven groups.
Previous Best in Show winners
|2006||Rocky Top’s Sundance Kid||Bull Terrier (Colored)||Terrier|
|2007||Felicity’s Diamond Jim||Spaniel (English Springer)||Sporting|
|2008||K-Run’s Park Me In First||Beagle (15 Inch)||Hound|
|2009||Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee||Sussex Spaniel||Sporting|
|2010||Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot||Scottish Terrier||Terrier|
|2011||Foxcliffe Hickory Wind||Scottish Deerhound||Hound|
|2012||Palacegarden Malachy||Pekingese Toy||Toy|
|2013||Banana Joe V Tani Kazari||Affenpinscher||Toy|
|2014||Afterall Painting The Sky||Fox Terrier (Wire)||Terrier|
|2015||Tashtins Lookin For Trouble||Beagle (15 Inch)||Hound|
|2016||Garbonita’s California Journey||Pointer (German Shorthaired)||Sporting|
|2017||Lockenhaus’ Rumor Has It V Kenlyn||German Shepherd||Herding|
|2018||Belle Creek’s All I Care About Is Love||Bichon Frise||Non-sporting|
|2019||Kingarthur Van Foliny Home||Fox Terrier (Wire)||Terrier|
|2020||Stone Run Afternoon Tea||Poodle||Non-sporting|
Most wins by group
|Group||Number of winners|