Some of you may have known that this weekend was the 140th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. This is the biggest dog show pretty much anywhere here in the US. There is Crufts in England, but for us here in the US, WKC is the big one. There are so many small competitions that lead up to the big Best In Show, which picks the best dog from all the groups.
There are many groups and many breeds. Many breeds are added every year. The groups are: Terrier, Toy, Working, Sporting, Hound, Non-Sporting, and Herding. There recognized breeds are divided into the groups. Rudy, my sheltie, is in the Herding Group because the shelties are used as farm dogs to herd the sheep and other small flock animals. Micta, my xoloitzcuintli, is in the Non-Sporting Group. Originally, there were only two groups, Sporting and Non-Sporting. As the years went by the groups became more specific and the dogs that did not seem to fit in the smaller groups were left in the Non-Sporting Group.
You only get to see the big competitions on tv and you have to watch the smaller competitions on the internet. We watch our tv on a projector, so it is really really big, like the whole wall in our living room, so it looks great to see the dogs so big. My mom and I have been watching the videos by hooking up her computer to the projector so those can be really big also.
We have to put Sunny, the golden retriever, in the other room because she goes crazy when she sees the dogs on the screen. But not when she sees other goldens, it is pretty funny.
We watched also the Junior Showmanship Competition that is held at the WKC show. Those kids were really good. I cannot wait to get invited to show there one day!!!!!
You can’t see the Best In Show or the Junior Finals on line yet, but hopefully by tonight they will be available. I do know that Sophie Rogers won for Juniors and a German Shorthaired Pointer named CJ won BIS. Congratulations to all of them.