Here are some interesting facts you may not know about the Westminster Kennel Club:
- The Westminster Kennel Club dog show is the second oldest continuous sporting event in the United States. (The Kentucky Derby is the older by two years.)
- The first Westminster Kennel Club dog show was held on May 8, 1877.
- The Westminster Kennel Club dog show predates the inventions of the light bulb and the automobile. And the Westminster Kennel Club was holding dog shows before the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Washington Monument.
- The show is benched, which means the dogs must be on public display throughout the entire competition.
- Dogs are invited to compete based on strict entry requirements, including how many other dogs they've defeated in breed competitions.
- Non invited dogs can also compete if they have won a certain number of major dog show Awards.
- Terriers have won the most Best in Show titles at Westminster, with 46 wins as of 2015.
- 47 different breeds have won Best in Show awards.
- Only one German Shepherd has won Best in Show at Westminster. That was Covy Tucker Hill's Manhattan, who won in 1987.
- The next show is February 15 and 16, 2016. Mark your calendars now!
|The 2014 Best In Show Trophy was awarded to "GCH Afterall Painting The Sky" (AKA Sky) a Wire Fox Terrier.|
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