The 145th Westminster Dog Show takes place over the weekend, with most of the events taking place on Saturday and Sunday, including the culmination of the prestigious “Best in Show” award.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be relocated to Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, New York and will be held outdoors. It is one of the few times in the history of the event that it does not take place in Madison Square Garden.
As in 2017, Fox Sports owns the broadcast rights to the dog show. As a result, Fox and its affiliates will be broadcasting 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 television schedule and history of the previous winners. Stay tuned this weekend for the live updates and results of the main Sunday event from Sporting News.
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Westminster Dog Show schedule 2021
The 2021 edition of the Westminster Dog Show will air June 12-13 on Fox, FS1, FS2 and the Fox Sports app.
Saturday June 12th
|event||time||TV / streaming channel|
|Breeding evaluation, preliminary round junior showmanship||And 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET||FS2|
|Masters Agility Championship Finals||5:00 p.m. ET – 7:00 p.m. ET||Fox|
|Programming before the show||7:00 p.m. ET – 7:30 p.m. ET||FS1|
|Group assessment (dog, toy, non-sports and herding groups)||7:30 p.m. ET – 11:00 p.m. ET||FS1|
Sunday June 13th
|event||time||TV / streaming channel|
|Breeding evaluation and preliminary round of the junior showmanship||1:30 p.m. ET – 4 p.m. ET||FS1|
|Programming before the show||7:00 p.m. ET – 7:30 p.m. ET||Fox|
|Group assessment (sports, work, terrier groups, followed by Best in Show)||7:30 p.m. ET – 11:00 p.m. ET||Fox|
How to stream the Westminster Dog Show live
The Westminster Dog Show can be streamed online via the Fox Sports app or on fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.
Selected content is also available for streaming at www.westminsterkennelclub.org.
Westminster Dog Show event calendar
Here is the full daily event schedule for the Westminster Dog Show 2021. Also includes a television schedule for Saturday and Sunday. Below is detailed information on the main events that make up the dog show.
(All times east)
Masters Agility Championship
The agility championship begins with the preliminary rounds on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. These will be available for streaming on the Westminster Kennel Club official website. The championship finals will take place on Saturday from 5-7pm on Fox.
Master Obedience Mastery
The obedience championship takes place on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Westminster dog show
The main event starts on Saturday and lasts until Sunday evening. The morning sessions are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., while the evening sessions are from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Best in Show will be awarded on Sunday June 13th after the competition has ended.
What is the Westminster Kennel Club dog show?
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is an annual event with nearly 3,000 dogs. It usually takes place in Madison Square Garden, although it will take place outdoors in Tarrytown, New York in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The show is made up of dogs struggling to be the best in their group. There are seven groups in total, including hunting dogs, toys, non-athletic, athletic, working, herding, and terriers. The best dog in each group then competes for the title “Best in Show”.
The show also includes the Masters Agility Championship and the Masters Obedience Championships.
History of the Westminster Dog Show
The first Westminster Dog Show was held by the Westminster Kennel Club in Gilmore’s Garden, the predecessor of Madison Square Garden, in 1877. The event was originally supposed to last three days, but after 1,201 registered dogs, it was held one day longer. From then on it became an annual event.
The show has been held every year since 1877. It took place during the Great Depression, wartime and pandemic years like 2021.
The name Westminster comes from a Manhattan hotel where the group of hunters who founded the kennel club often met. The only sporting event that runs longer than the Westminster Dog Show is the Kentucky Derby, which is two years older.
Westminster Dog Show winner
The Best in Show Award has been presented annually since 1907, 30 years after the original Westminster Dog Show began in 1877. Last year’s winner, Siba the Poodle, gave the non-sporting group their 11th win, tied with the fourth-most of the seven groups.
Previous winners of the Best in Show
|2006||Rocky Tops Sundance Kid||Bull terrier (colored)||terrier|
|2007||Felicity’s Diamond Jim||Spaniel (english jumper)||Athletic|
|2008||K-Runs Park Me In First||Beagle (15 inch)||Rush|
|2009||Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee||Sussex Spaniel||Athletic|
|2010||Roundtown Mercedes by Maryscot||Scottish Terrier||terrier|
|2011||Foxcliffe Hickory Wind||Scottish Deerhound||Rush|
|2012||Malachy palace garden||Pekingese toys||toy|
|2013||Banana Joe V Tani Kazari||Affenpinscher||toy|
|2014||Afterall paint the sky||Fox terrier (wire)||terrier|
|2015||Tashtins looking for trouble T||Beagle (15 inch)||Rush|
|2016||Garbonitas California Travel||Pointer (German Shorthaired Pointer)||Athletic|
|2017||Lockenhaus’ rumor has it all V Kenlyn||German shepherd dog||Beware|
|2018||Belle Creeks All I care about is love||Bichon Frize||Not sporty sports|
|2019||Kingarthur Van Foliny Home||Fox terrier (wire)||terrier|
|2020||Stone Run afternoon tea||poodle||Not sporty sports|
Most wins by group
|group||Number of winners|
|Not sporty sports||11|