140th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Expands Celebration of Dogs


Over 3,000 dogs representing all 50 states and more come to New York  to compete in three different events.

The 140th Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show, on Monday and Tuesday, February 15-16, 2016 in New York City, reached a combined entry this year of over 3,000 dogs in three competitions. This world-famous dog show has a long history of bringing the best examples of their breeds to the viewing public as the second-longest continuously held sporting event in this country, beginning in 1877. In 2014 the show expanded to include the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and new this year is the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster. Continuing a tradition to display only the highest level in the sport, this competition was an invitation-only event for top-ranked obedience dogs.

This 140th premier dog show drew an entry of 2,752 dogs. There are 199 breeds and varieties eligible for this year’s show. The breeds with the largest entries are Labrador Retrievers (51), followed by Golden Retrievers (50) and French Bulldogs (48). Plus, seven breeds are making their first Westminster appearance this year: Sporting Group – Lagotto Romagnolo (9), Hound Group – Cirneco dell’Etna (10), Working Group – Boerboel (11), and Herding Group – Berger Picard (20), Miniature American Shepherd (14), Bergamasco (8) and Spanish Water Dog (10). There are 130 foreign entries and 91 entries in Junior Showmanship. Dog show judging at the breed level, along with benching and Junior Showmanship preliminary competition, will take place on Piers 92/94 at 711 12th Ave. in New York City. Group and Best In Show judging, as well as the Junior Showmanship Finals, will be held at the world-renowned Madison Square Garden on Monday and Tuesday evenings, as has been the case virtually every year since the show began in 1877.

The third annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster will take place on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Pier 94. There are 330 dogs entered representing 28 states with the largest numbers coming from New Jersey (81), New York (75) and Connecticut (31). The competition will feature dogs of all breeds and mixed breed dogs (All American dogs) showing spectators and the television audience why the American Kennel Club calls agility “the most exciting canine sport for spectators.” Finals will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 from 8-10 p.m. ET.

Along with the agility competition on Saturday will be the 7th Annual AKC Meet the Breeds. This is the second year for the popular Meet & Compete event. This a joint effort between Westminster and the American Kennel Club provides an opportunity for people to interact with over 100 breeds and learn about responsible dog ownership. Due to strong response last year, Meet the Breeds has expanded to both Piers.

Monday, February 15, 2016 marks the inaugural Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster. The nation’s top obedience dogs were invited to fill a limited 35-dog entry. Competition will consist of existing AKC approved Open and Utility Exercises with some modifications. Exercises will include hand signals, retrieving over high jump and scent discrimination. There are 34 dogs from 17 states led by New Jersey and Ohio with 5 each. Golden Retrievers represent the largest entry with 13. Like agility, the obedience competition was open to both purebred and mixed-breed dogs at the highest level of the sport. Competition will be held at Pier 94.

The evening Group competition will be televised live each night from 8-11 p.m. ET. Monday’s telecast of the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups will be on CNBC. Tuesday’s telecast will be on USA Network and will include the Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups, as well as Best In Show. Televised since 1948, Westminster will once again be America’s most widely-watched live telecast of a dog show. Breed judging during daytime hours will be posted with live streaming video and results on westminsterkennelclub.org and the Westminster App.

All Westminster week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan.

Tickets are available through westminsterkennelclub.org.

140th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Entries       (subject to final audit)

Entries have come from 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and 12 foreign countries. New York has the most entries with 270, while California follows with 219. Rounding out the top five states are Pennsylvania (203), New Jersey (190), and a tie for fifth with Florida and Ohio (118).

The 12 foreign entries are led by Canada with 113. Dogs are also entered from Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Slovenia and Thailand. Many other foreign-owned dogs are entered from U.S. addresses, and in the final compilation there will certainly be additional foreign countries represented.

Sporting breeds (476):  Brittanys 13, Lagotti Romagnoli 9, Pointers 22, Pointers (German Shorthaired) 34, Pointers (German Wirehaired) 7, Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay) 17, Retrievers (Curly-Coated) 5, Retrievers (Flat-Coated) 22, Retrievers (Golden) 50, Retrievers (Labrador) 51, Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) 15, Setters (English) 29, Setters (Gordon) 10, Setters (Irish) 18, Setters (Irish Red & White) 7, Spaniels (American Water) 1, Spaniels (Boykin) 5, Spaniels (Clumber) 7, Spaniels (Cocker) ASCOB 6, Spaniels (Cocker) Black 11, Spaniels (Cocker) Parti-Color 8, Spaniels (English Cocker) 15, Spaniels (English Springer) 27, Spaniels (Field) 10, Spaniels (Irish Water) 5, Spaniels (Sussex) 4, Spaniels (Welsh Springer) 8, Spinoni Italiani 11, Vizslas 28, Weimaraners 12, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons 5, Wirehaired Vizslas 4.

Hound breeds (390):  Afghan Hounds 25, American English Coonhounds 2, American Foxhounds 3, Basenjis 13, Basset Hounds 12, Beagles (13”) 11, Beagles (15”) 21, Black and Tan Coonhounds 8, Bloodhounds 9, Bluetick Coonhounds 4, Borzois 18, Cirnechi dell’Etna 10, Dachshunds (Longhaired) 14, Dachshunds (Smooth) 21, Dachshunds (Wirehaired) 28, English Foxhounds 2, Greyhounds 14, Harriers 1, Ibizan Hounds 8, Irish Wolfhounds 9, Norwegian Elkhounds 11, Otterhounds 6, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens 16, Pharaoh Hounds 16, Plotts 4, Portuguese Podengo Pequenos 14, Redbone Coonhounds 6, Rhodesian Ridgebacks 38, Salukis 7, Scottish Deerhounds 5, Treeing Walker Coonhounds 4, Whippets 30.

Working breeds (448):  Akitas 12, Alaskan Malamutes 8, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs 1, Bernese Mountain Dogs 27, Black Russian Terriers 15, Boerboels 11, Boxers 19, Bullmastiffs 19, Cane Corsos 15, Chinooks 0, Doberman Pinschers 28, Dogues de Bordeaux 18, German Pinschers 5, Giant Schnauzers 14, Great Danes 28, Great Pyrenees 15, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs 13, Komondorok 2, Kuvaszok 4, Leonbergers 20, Mastiffs 17, Neapolitan Mastiffs 1, Newfoundlands 13, Portuguese Water Dogs 21, Rottweilers 28, St. Bernards 6, Samoyeds 25, Siberian Huskies 39, Standard Schnauzers 14, Tibetan Mastiffs 10.

Terrier breeds (319):  Airedale Terriers 19, American Staffordshire Terriers 7, Australian Terriers 11, Bedlington Terriers 16, Border Terriers 18, Bull Terriers (Colored) 2, Bull Terriers (White) 3, Cairn Terriers 12, Cesky Terriers 10, Dandie Dinmont Terriers 3, Fox Terriers (Smooth) 11, Fox Terriers (Wire) 11, Glen of Imaal Terriers 9, Irish Terriers 2, Kerry Blue Terriers 16, Lakeland Terriers 11, Manchester Terriers (Standard) 6, Miniature Bull Terriers 10, Miniature Schnauzers 11, Norfolk Terriers 9, Norwich Terriers 14, Parson Russell Terriers 5, Rat Terriers 7, Russell Terriers 19, Scottish Terriers 10, Sealyham Terriers 2, Skye Terriers 5, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers 18, Staffordshire Bull Terriers 16, Welsh Terriers 9, West Highland White Terriers 17.

Toy breeds (345):  Affenpinschers 6, Brussels Griffons 8, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 39, Chihuahuas (Long Coat) 17, Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) 17, Chinese Cresteds 22, English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles) 6, English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby) 6, Havanese 24, Italian Greyhounds 14, Japanese Chin 6, Maltese 18, Manchester Terriers (Toy) 6, Miniature Pinschers 10, Papillons 16, Pekingese 9, Pomeranians 17, Poodles (Toy) 7, Pugs 31, Shih Tzu 14, Silky Terriers 9, Toy Fox Terriers 11, Yorkshire Terriers 32.

Non-Sporting breeds (281):  American Eskimo Dogs 7, Bichon Frises 14, Boston Terriers 27, Bulldogs 15, Chinese Shar-Pei 8, Chow Chows 5, Coton De Tulears 9, Dalmatians 24, Finnish Spitz 2, French Bulldogs 48, Keeshonden 15, Lhasa Apsos 13, Lowchen 5, Norwegian Lundehunds 0, Poodles (Miniature) 11, Poodles (Standard) 17, Schipperkes 13, Shiba Inu 14, Tibetan Spaniels 12, Tibetan Terriers 15, Xoloitzcuintlis 7.

Herding breeds (369):  Australian Cattle Dogs 11, Australian Shepherds 42, Bearded Collies 15, Beaucerons 7, Belgian Malinois 16, Belgian Sheepdogs 14, Belgian Tervuren 13, Bergamascos 8, Berger Picards 20, Border Collies 17, Bouviers des Flandres 11, Briards 14, Canaan Dogs 6, Cardigan Welsh Corgis 16, Collies (Rough) 12, Collies (Smooth) 16, Entlebucher Mountain Dogs 5, Finnish Lapphunds 5, German Shepherd Dogs 11, Icelandic Sheepdogs 9, Miniature American Shepherds 14, Norwegian Buhunds 4, Old English Sheepdogs 17, Pembroke Welsh Corgis 18, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs 12, Pulik 2, Pyrenean Shepherds 9, Shetland Sheepdogs 13, Spanish Water Dogs 10, Swedish Vallhunds 2.

Entries by state: Alaska 3, Alabama 16, Arkansas 5, Arizona 24, California 219, Colorado 37, Connecticut 116, Delaware 13, Florida 118, Georgia 54, Hawaii 11, Idaho 9, Illinois 65, Indiana 41, Iowa 9, Kansas 9, Kentucky 26, Louisiana 24, Maine 7, Maryland 79, Massachusetts 102, Michigan 82, Minnesota 40, Mississippi 6, Missouri 28, Montana 3, Nebraska 9, Nevada 11, New Hampshire 23, New Jersey 190, New Mexico 8, New York 270, North Carolina 80, North Dakota 1, Ohio 118, Oklahoma 36, Oregon 15, Pennsylvania 203, Rhode Island 14, South Carolina 48, South Dakota 4, Tennessee 31, Texas 113, Utah 7, Vermont 13, Virginia 113, Washington 66, West Virginia 8, Wisconsin 40, Wyoming 4.

Others:  District of Columbia 3, Puerto Rico 1, Argentina 1, Canada 113, Brazil 1, France 1, Germany 4, Italy 1, Japan 3, Malaysia 1, Mexico 3, Norway 3, Slovenia 1, Thailand 1.

Junior Showmanship: 91

Best In Show judge: Dr. Richard Meen of Toronto, Canada.

Group judges: Ms. Bonnie Threlfall of Cary, NC, Sporting; Ms. Virginia Lyne of Saanichton, B.C., Canada, Hound; Mr. Norman Kenney of Crossroads, TX, Working; Mr. Geir Flyckt-Pedersen of Pinehurst, NC, Terrier; Mr. Jason Hoke of Madison, WI, Toy; Mr. Luc Boileau of Lake Geneva, WI, Non-Sporting; and Ms. Dorothy Collier of Sapphire, NC, Herding. Dr. Wyatt Delfino of New York, NY, will judge the Junior Showmanship finals.

3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Entries

There are 330 dogs entered representing 28 states with the largest numbers coming from New Jersey (81), New York (75) and Connecticut (31).

The breeds with the largest entries are Border Collies (49), Shetland Sheepdogs (29), All American Dogs (26), Papillons (19) and in 5th a tie between Golden Retrievers (17) and the combined Poodle varieties (17).

Agility entries by breed (330): Alaskan Malamutes 2, All American Dogs 26, American Staffordshire Terriers 4, Australian Shepherds 14, Basenjis 1, Beagles 2, Bearded Collies 4, Beaucerons 1, Belgian Malinois 2, Belgian Tervuren 1, Berger Picards 1, Bichon Frises 3, Border Collies 49, Boston Terriers 1, Boxers 4, Briards 1, Brittanys 1, Brussels Griffons 1, Bull Terriers 1, Cardigan Welsh Corgis 1, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 9, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers 1, Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) 1, Chinese Cresteds 3, Cocker Spaniels 9, Cotons de Tulear 1, Dachshunds 1, Dalmatians 2, Doberman Pinschers 2, English Springer Spaniels 4, Field Spaniels 1, German Shepherd Dogs 3, German Wirehaired Pointers 1, Giant Schnauzers 1, Glen of Imaal Terriers 1, Golden Retrievers 17, Icelandic Sheepdogs 1, Irish Red & White Setters 2, Irish Setters 2, Labrador Retrievers 14, Lagotti Romagnoli 1, Lowchens 1, Miniature American Shepherds 4, Miniature Schnauzers 4, Nederlandse Kooikerhondje 1, Norfolk Terriers 1, Norwegian Elkhounds 1, Norwich Terriers 2, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers 3, Papillons 19, Parson Russell Terriers 3, Pembroke Welsh Corgis 10, Pointers 1, Pomeranians 4, Poodles 12, Poodles (Miniature) 1, Poodles (Standard) 2, Poodles (Toy) 2, Portuguese Water Dogs 6, Pugs 1, Rat Terriers 2, Retrievers (Curly-Coated) 1, Rhodesian Ridgebacks 1, Rottweilers 5, Russell Terriers 1, Schipperkes 1, Scottish Terriers 1, Shetland Sheepdogs 29, Shiba Inu 1, Siberian Huskies 1, Sussex Spaniels 1, Toy Fox Terriers 1, Vizslas 2, Weimaraners 1, Welsh Springer Spaniels 1, Welsh Terriers 1, West Highland White Terriers 2, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons 1, Yorkshire Terriers 2.

Agility entries by state: Arizona 4, California 18, Colorado 1, Connecticut 31, Delaware 4, Florida 2, Georgia 1, Illinois 6, Indiana 1, Kansas 1, Louisiana 2, Massachusetts 20, Maryland 6, Michigan 2, North Carolina 4, New Hampshire 11, New Jersey 81, New Mexico 2, New York 75, Ohio 12, Pennsylvania 27, Rhode Island 2, South Carolina 1, Tennessee 2, Texas 3, Virginia 9, Vermont 2, Washington 1.

Judges: Ms. Kitty Bradley of Boulder, CO and Mr. Nalle Jannson, Röke, Sweden.

Inaugural Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster Entries

Obedience Entries by Breed (34): Belgian Tervuren 2, Border Collies 4, Doberman Pinschers 1, German Shepherd Dogs 2, German Shorthaired Pointers 1, Golden Retrievers 13, Labrador Retrievers 4, Papillons 1, Pomeranians 1, Poodles (Toy) 1, Rottweilers 1, Shetland Sheepdogs 2, Standard Schnauzers 1.

Obedience Entries by State (17): California 2, Connecticut 1, Florida 1, Georgia 1, Illinois 2, Louisiana 1, Maryland 4, Michigan 2, North Dakota 1, New Jersey 5, New York 3, Ohio 5, Pennsylvania 1, South Carolina 2, Tennessee 1, Wisconsin 1, Washington 1.

Judge: Ms. Sharon Ann Redmer of Whitmore Lake, MI.

All entry counts are subject to final audit.


About AKC Meet the Breeds – From Akitas to Xoloitzcuintlis and everything in between, AKC Meet the Breeds is brought to you by exclusive pet care sponsor Purina Pro Plan. The seventh annual event gives dog lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with more than 100 different breeds in booths individually decorated to depict each breed’s country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet, all while learning about responsible dog ownership and which breeds may be right for them.  Event sponsors include PetPartners, AKCSM Visa® Card, Motel 6, and Ameriprise. For more information, visit www.akc.org/meetthebreeds.

About The Westminster Kennel Club – Established in 1877, The Westminster Kennel Club (www.westminsterkennelclub.org) is America’s oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.

Its world-famous benched dog show is America’s second-longest continuously-held sporting event in America, behind only the Kentucky Derby.

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