Westminster Dog Show 2018: Live Updates And Photos

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, NY — It's February in New York City, which can only mean one thing. The dogs are back. More than 3,200 show dogs and their handlers have taken over Midtown Manhattan this week in the quest to capture the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show's "best in show" award.

The good boys and girls will strut their stuff in Madison Square Garden and Pier 92 in Hell's Kitchen on Monday and Tuesday in order to prove they're "best in show." In order to capture the coveted award, dogs have to first win "best in breed" and then win a group competition. Only seven dogs will end up competing in the "best in show" finals.

This year will be the 142nd annual running of the Westminster Dog Show, which has been a televised event since 1948. In addition to the contest for "best in show," dogs also competed in agility and obedience competitions.


As the Westminster Dog Show approaches Tuesday night's finale, Patch will keep you updated with results from the group stages. Dogs that win "best of breed" competitions are judged against different winners within their "group."

The seven groups in the Westminster Dog Show include: The hound group, the toy group, the non-sporting group, the herding group, the sporting group, the working group and the terrier group.

Here are winners from the group stages:

  • The hound group;
    • The borzoi known as "Belisarius JP My Sassy Girl."
  • The toy group;
    • The pug known as "Hill Country's Puttin' On The Ritz."
  • The non-sporting group;
    • The bichon frese known as"Belle Creek's All I Care About Is Love"
  • The herding group;
    • The border collie known as "Majestic Elite Clever Endeavor."
  • The working group;
    • The giant schnauzer known as "Ingebar's Tynan Dances With Wildflowers"
  • The sporting group;
    • The Sussex spaniel known as "Kamand's Full Of Beans @ Erinhill"
  • The terrier group;
    • The Norfolk terrier known as "Yarrow Venerie Winning Ticket"

The bichon frese was crowned "best in show" Tuesday night.

You can check out videos of the group judging here.

Live Stream/Broadcasting Schedule:

The Westminster Dog Show will be broadcast on three different channels. Morning coverage will be broadcast on Fox with supplemental coverage on Nat Geo Wild and evening coverage will be broadcast on FS1.

Westminster Dog Show events can be live streamed for free on the FS1 mobile app.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Daytime Session (8 am – 4 pm)

  • Breed Judging across Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding groups
  • Junior Showmanship preliminaries
  • 3rd Annual Masters Obedience Championship

Evening Session (6 pm – 11 pm)

  • Group Judging across Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding groups (begins at 8 pm)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Daytime Session (8 am – 4 pm)

  • Breed Judging across Sporting, Working and Terrier groups
  • Junior Showmanship preliminaries

Evening Session (6 pm – 11 pm)

  • Junior Showmanship Finals (begins at 7:30 pm)
  • Group Judging across Sporting, Working and Terrier groups (begins at 8:00 pm)

How do dogs get judged?

It's an age-old question that most casual dog show viewers probably don't know the answer to.

Dogs are graded on a set of criteria decided by the Westminster Kennel Club. The kennel club has defined guidelines for each breed based on how they should look, walk and behave. Yes, idealized beauty standards aren't a solely human phenomenon.

The dog that best matches what the kennel club defines as the ideal dog of its breed will be declared the winner.

Here are some traits graded by the judges:

  • Overall body proportions and weight.
  • Thickness, length and color of fur.
  • The dog's tail.
  • How a dog walks, also called its gait.
  • Attitude (boy do these pups have some 'tude)

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