Westminster Week Expands in 2015


The 139th Dog Show, Agility, AKC Meet The Breeds February 14-17 with support from Purina Pro Plan


With an incomparable legacy born of a dedication to the sport of dogs, the Westminster Kennel Club in 2015 will once again, with the support of Purina Pro Plan, add a new event to its annual New York City celebration of the dogs in our lives. As always, the crown jewel of “Westminster Week” will be its iconic 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show on Monday and Tuesday, February 16-17. America’s oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs will also present its 2nd Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and, for the first time, The Westminster Kennel Club presents AKC Meet the Breeds. All events are presented by Purina Pro Plan, which is dedicated to helping dogs of all activity levels excel through performance nutrition and expert resources.

In 2014, the Agility Championship introduced America’s fastest-growing and tremendously popular sport to Westminster’s activities for the first time. This year, Meet the Breeds will bring the AKC’s popular, hands-on educational event into the same venue, giving dog lovers two entertaining opportunities. Now in its sixth year, AKC Meet the Breeds offers attendees the unique chance to meet and play with nearly 200 different dog breeds from Akitas to Xoloitzcuintlis, all while learning about responsible pet ownership and what breed is right for their lifestyle. The event features elaborately decorated booths depicting fun elements of each breed’s history. Attendees are encouraged to learn from the experts themselves – breeders, enthusiasts, trainers and groomers who can share what makes their breed unique from all the rest. Agility and Meet the Breeds will take place on Saturday, February 14 preceding the Dog Show at Pier 94 and Pier 92 respectively. The Dog Show will take place at the Piers as well, with breed judging during the day on Monday and Tuesday. As it has for all but seven of its 138 previous years, Westminster will stage its finals (Groups, Junior Showmanship Finals, and Best In Show) at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden.


2nd Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Pier 94 – 711 12th Avenue (at 55th Street), New York, NY 10019
Preliminaries: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Championship Finals: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Westminster Kennel Club presents AKC Meet the Breeds brought to you by Purina Pro Plan 
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Pier 92 – 711 12th Avenue (at 55th Street), New York, NY 10019
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Westminster Kennel Club 139th Annual All Breed Dog Show
Monday and Tuesday, February 16-17, 2015
Breed Judging and Benching at Piers 92 / 94
711 12th Avenue (at 55th Street), New York, NY 10019
Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Group Judging
Monday 8-11 p.m. at Madison Square Garden
4 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10001
(between 7th & 8th Avenues and 31st & 33rd Streets)

Junior Showmanship Finals
Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups, Best In Show
Tuesday 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. at Madison Square Garden

For complete ticket information log on to www.westminsterkennelclub.org


About The Westminster Kennel Club

Established in 1877,The Westminster Kennel Club is America’s oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. Its world famous dog show is America’s second-longest continuously-held sporting event in America, after only the Kentucky Derby. In 2015, the 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog show will take place on February 16-17. On the Saturday preceding the show (February 14), the 2nd Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and The Westminster Kennel Club presents AKC Meet the Breeds brought to you by Purina Pro Plan will take place as part of Westminster Week. www.westminsterkennelclub.org

About The Westminster Kennel Club Presents AKC Meet the Breeds Brought to You by Purina Pro Plan

From Akitas to Xoloitzcuintlis and everything in between, The Westminster Kennel Club presents AKC Meet the Breeds, brought to you by exclusive pet care sponsor Purina Pro Plan. The sixth 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 AKC Visa Card, Pet Partners, Inc., Motel 6, Pet Brands, Inc., and BH Pet Gear LLC. For more information, visit www.akc.org/meetthebreeds.

About Purina Pro Plan

Eight of the last eight Westminster Best In Show Winners were fueled by Purina Pro Plan. Our goal is to give your dog the nutrition to be his absolute best, helping him to be energetic and resilient, and maintain an ideal body condition, healthy skin and a stunning coat. Because being the best he can be means something different for every dog, our wide range of dry and wet foods, snacks and supplement bars, sold exclusively at pet specialty retailers, can currently be found in four specialized categories formulated for a dog’s unique needs. A fifth category will be introduced in January, 2015. For more information, visit www.proplan.com or follow @ProPlan on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Vine or Google+.

About Nestlé Purina PetCare

Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness.


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