The 145th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show concludes Sunday night when one accomplished canine will walk away with the coveted title of Best in Show.
More than 2,500 dogs from over 200 breeds are competing this year to be named Best in Show. Also on the prime-time schedule tonight is the group judging in the Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups.
For the first time in its history, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is not taking place in New York City and its traditional Madison Square Garden home. Instead, this year's event is being held at Lyndhurst, a National Trust for Historic Preservation property, in Tarrytown, New York.
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The event is not open to spectators due to New York State COVID-19 regulations.
Here's what you need to know about this year's event:
How can I watch?
How does the judging work?
There are seven different breed groups at Westminster: Herding, Hound, Non-sporting, Sporting, Terrier, Toy and Working. Breeds are evaluated based on the standard set by their parent club, meaning competing dogs aren't compared to other competitors, but to the ideal proportions, weight and size, head shape, gait and other qualities of the breed.
Once a dog wins its breed, it is judged within its group. Group winners then move on to the Best in Show category.
What new breeds have been added?
Joining 2021's competition are four newly American Kennel Club-recognized breeds: the Barbet, Biewer Terrier, Belgian Laekenois and Dogo Argentino.
While the Barbet and Dogo Argentino became recognized in December 2019, neither was eligible for competition until 2021. The Barbet (pronounced "bar-bay"), a French water dog, joins the sporting group and the Dogo Argentino, a pack-hunting dog developed in the 20th century in Argentina's Cordoba province, will compete in the working group.
The long-haired, pony-tailed Biewer Terrier (pronounced "beaver") joins the toy group. Rounding out the pack is the Belgian Laekenois (pronounced "lak-in-wah"), a rare Belgian breed competing in the herding group.
To be recognized by the AKC, a breed must have a significant population within the United States and a national club of breeders.
Where is it being held?
Lyndhurst, once owned by railroad tycoon Jay Gould, is located 25 miles north of New York City's Madison Square Garden, which Westminster typically calls home. The estate was designed in 1983 by architect Alexander Jackson Davis, and has been dubbed America's Finest Gothic Revival mansion.
While it might be the first – and potentially only – time the estate will host Westminster, the property has a decades-long history of hosting dog shows. Several members of the Gould family participated in Westminster around its time of inception; breeding, owning and exhibiting four of the first five recognized breeds.
Who are the dogs to watch?
Fans of last year's Westminster will be excited to learn Daniel, a golden retriever that won the Sporting group – and the hearts of many viewers – will once again be competing. Siba, the reigning champion, will also return. Other dogs to watch include Bourbon, a Whippet which in January won the 20th AKC National Championship, and Pequest Wasabi, the Pekingese that was runner-up and winner of the Toy group.
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