Westminster dog show pictures

The best doggos from around the country are set to take over New York City for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, at which hundreds of dog owners and all types of breeds (including brand-new ones) are primped and prepped to compete in agility and obedience challenges and for the highly coveted title of “Best in Show.” This is one of the best NYC events in February, where spectators can join in on the excitement (after they’ve visited some dog-friendly restaurants or pampered them at one of the best pet-friendly hotels). And if you want to come face to face with the breeds, you can actually play with them at the AKC Meet the Breeds event in January.

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What is the Westminster Dog Show?

The Westminster Dog Show is a long-running competition for dogs, with Best in Breed winners advancing to the Group and Best in Show competition at Madison Square Garden. Spectators can watch the dogs compete as well as see them get primped for their show time backstage. You may see some dog breeds you never have before! (At last year’s show, the Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes and Grand Bassett Griffon Vendeéns were recognized as a breed for the first time by the AKC.) Owners of show dogs often spend many thousands of dollars on training and grooming.

When is the Westminster Dog Show?

The Westminster Dog Show takes place on Sunday, February 9, Monday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Daytime breed juding sessions take place at Pier 94 from 8am to 4:30pm and evening sessions are located at Madison Sqare Garden from at 7:30pm on Monday and 7pm on Tuesday.

Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster are held on Saturday and Sunday, February 8 and 9 at Pier 94.

Where is the Westminster Dog Show?

The Westminster Dog Show is located at Madison Square Garden and Pier 94.

How do I get tickets to the Westminster Dog Show?

Tickets range from $32-$210 and can be purchased at the Westminster Kennel Club website or through Ticketmaster.

How can I meet the dogs?

This year, the AKC Meet the Breeds event isn’t part of the competition week—it falls on Saturday and Sunday, January 25 and 26. From 10am to 5pm at the Javits Center, you can pay $32 to meet and play with hundreds of dogs (and cats), according to the AKC.

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The Westminster Dog Show 2019 Winners And Highlights: Photos

The 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has crowned King, the fox terrier, as winner for Best in Show at Madison Square Garden last night, February 12, 2019.

Fox Terriers are no stranger to the Westminster Dog Show, as King becomes the breed’s 15th dog to take home top honors. Coming in second was Bono, a Havanese that beat out more than 2,800 other dogs who entered the competition.

Other highlights from the Westminster Dog Show 2019 include Bean, the adorable Sussex Spaniel that won the sporting group category and Wilma, a fan-favorite spunky Boxer.

Nevertheless, controversy was anything but absent from the 143rd Westminster Dog Show. Just a day after earning a spot in the final ring of seven dogs, Colton the Schipperke was suddenly ruled ineligible for best in show. Westminster Dog show judge Peter Green’s “longtime partner has co-owned dogs with one of Colton’s co-owners,” and therefore created a conflict of interest, reported AP. “Colton was allowed to run around the ring, then was excused.”

See all the best photos from the 2019 Westminster Dog Show below:

143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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King, a wire fox terrier, poses for photographs after winning Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York.

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An English setter is prepared to compete at the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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A Lagotto Romagnolo competes with the sporting group at the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog.

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A Nederlandse Kooikerhondje competes with the sporting group at the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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Bean, a Sussex Spaniel, competes with the sporting group at the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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The Sussex Spaniel went on to win the sporting group at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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An Alaskan malamute competes with the working group at the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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Wilma, a boxer, competes with the working group at the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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A dogue de Bordeaux competes with the working group at the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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A Neapolitan mastiff competes with the working group at the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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Michael Sheppard handles Wilma, a boxer, in the working group at the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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Colton, a Schipperke, arrives for Best in Show at the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. A day after earning a coveted spot in the final ring of seven, Colton was ruled ineligible for best in show. There was a conflict of interest — judge Peter Green’s longtime partner has co-owned dogs with one of Colton’s co-owners. Colton was allowed to run around the ring, then was excused.

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Bono, a Havanese, competes in Best in Show at the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Bono came in second among the more than 2,800 dogs who entered.

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King, a wire fox terrier, competes in the Best in Show at the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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King, a wire fox terrier, competes in the Best In Show at the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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King, a wire fox terrier, poses for photographs after winning Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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Gabriel Rangel poses for photographs with King, the wire fox terrier that won Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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King, a wire fox terrier, poses for more photographs with his Best in Show trophy after winning the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Lead image by AP Photo/Frank Franklin II. AP is a contributed to this post.