Held since 1877, Westminster is a prestigious, US-based dog show. Each year, thousands of canine citizens from all over the world join the competition to fight for the title of “America’s Dog”. Primarily, the WKCDS is about purebreds, although mixed-breed pups are also welcome. For many decades, the show had been held at Madison Square Garden.
However, in 2023, Westminster took place at the Arthur Ashe Stadium (on May 6), and Buddy Holly, a PBGV, became this year’s Best-In-Show dog. But just how big was this event? When can you expect the next show to take place? What’s the story behind WKCDS? How do you keep a doggo safe at the Westminster Show? Read on to find out!
When Did the WKCD Show 2023 Take Place?
The show kicked off on May 6, with the Best-In-Show competition taking place on May 9. Before that, the dogs had two days to prove their worth in the breed and group competitions. The winners in the different groups were picked on Monday and Tuesday (May 8–9). This is interesting: the very-first Westminster Dog Show also went down in May (on May 8, 1877, to be exact).
This benched show is always held in New York. MSG is usually the venue of choice for the WKCDS, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, the show had to move to a different location (the Jay Gould estate in 2022 and the UTSA Tennis Center/Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens in 2023). The event was broadcasted by Fox Sports 1 and was available on FuboTV and Direct TV.
Who Won the Competition?
The 147th WKCD show was sponsored by Purina and opened its doors to 2,500 gifted dogs and over 200 breeds. The line-up was, indeed, impressive, and featured many veterans as well as first-timers. The winners are:
|Hound Group:||Buddy Holly, PBGV|
|Toy Group:||Rummie, Pekingese|
|Non-Sporting Group:||Winston, French Bulldog|
|Herding Group:||Ribbon, Australian Shepherd|
|Sporting Group:||Cider, English Setter|
|Working Group:||Monty, Giant Schnauzer|
|Terrier Group:||Trouble, American Staffordshire|
|Best-In-Show:||Buddy Holly, PBGV|
How Are the Dogs Judged at Westminster?
The requirements for the participants are rather high. The club has very detailed descriptions of how a doggo in a certain breed should act and look. We’re talking about physical traits and the ability to perform various tasks that their ancestors were brought up for. The appearance of the pup matters as well. This includes tail carriage, coat color, shape of the eyes, and more.
Mixed-breed dogs are also allowed to compete, but only in the agility trials. The Westminster Dog Show was admitted to the AKC in 1884, and for a dog to enter the competition, it needs to be recognized by the American Kennel Club (or, rather, its breed). In 1992, it was decided to only accept pups that have already won in breed championships. This rule was canceled several years later, but it’s been reinstated since 2020.
The Most Successful Breeds At the WKCDS
Earlier, we learned about the winners of the 2023 WKCDS. But what about the all-time champions, the dog groups that took home most Best-In-Show awards? Well, the Terriers are the undisputed champs here. Overall, they managed to win the prize competition 47 times. Compared to the second-best group (Sporting, a total of 18 awards), that’s 160% more wins!
And if we break it down a bit further, we’ll see that Wire Fox Terriers are the most successful breed to ever participate in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Here’s a complete list of all seven groups and their success rate:
|Terrier Group:||47 Wins|
|Sporting Group:||18 Wins|
|Working Group:||13 Wins|
|Toy Group:||12 Wins|
|Non-Sporting Group:||11 Wins|
|Hound Group:||7 Wins|
|Herding Group:||5 Wins|
Interesting Facts About the Westminster Dog Show
Want to learn more about the WKCD? Well, here are some cool facts about this great show that you might’ve never heard. Take a look:
Keeping Your Doggo Safe at the WKCD: The Basics
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog (and the world-famous show) was created by folks that genuinely love dogs. That means every single pup gets the attention it deserves, and the managers do everything in their power to make the canine citizens feel at home. That said, as the owner, you should always come prepared and be one step ahead of trouble.
First, make sure you have enough snacks and water for the doggo. If it’s a hot summer day, the pet will need plenty of water to stay hydrated. Next, keep the four-legged bud in the shade, away from scorching sunlight. Packing the dog’s favorite sweater will also be a great idea. Sometimes, it can be chilly in New York in May! Lastly, if the dog seems uncomfortable, you should just take it home.
Are you the proud owner of a purebred pup? And have you thought about participating in a dog show? Well, you can try your luck at Westminster! Today, we checked out the most successful breeds and winners of this year, plus covered interesting facts about the WKCDS. It’s the most popular event in the United States and welcomes gifted, capable dogs to enter the competition.
The judges are very strict, though: the pooch will need to be literally perfect to have a winning chance. But you don’t necessarily have to compete; instead, why not buy a ticket or enjoy the event on TV? Keep your dog safe, enjoy the performances, and get ready for the next competition!