What time is the Westminster Dog Show? : How to look at the details

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What time is the Westminster Dog Show?  : How to look at the details


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This year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show takes place in a serene setting (unless it’s barking): on the grounds of Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, NY, 30 miles north of the show’s normal home, Madison Square Garden . Lyndhurst was once owned by thief baron Jay Gould.

Sunday is the last day of the show, which takes place much later in the year than usual. Concerns about the pandemic led organizers to hold the show outdoors, making June a more enjoyable month than February.

You cannot attend live this year: spectators who are not directly involved with a competing dog are prohibited.

But it’s dogs, dogs, dogs on TV this weekend. Saturday’s coverage included the preliminaries, the agility test and the first four group finals. On Sunday there are more preliminaries (1:30 p.m. Eastern, FS1) and three more group finals and Best in Show (7:30 p.m., Fox).

There will also be dog streaming on the Fox app and westminsterkennelclub.org. And the New York Times will have live commentary from our, uh, experts, starting Sunday night at 7:30 p.m.

Thousands of dogs compete with others of their breed: collie against collie, Saluki against Saluki. The approximately 200 breed winners advance to compete against similar breeds in the group finals. The seven group winners then compete for the grand prize: Best in Show, which will be judged this year by Patricia Craige Trotter of Carmel, California. The decision is hers and hers alone.

Four new breeds are joining the fun this year: the barbet, a bearded dog with curly hair; the Belgian Laekenois, a more shaggy shepherd; the Biewer terrier, a long-haired, tricolor toy terrier; and the Dogo Argentino, a muscular white dog with a smooth coat.

Four group winners were chosen:

Bourbon the whippet won the group of dogs.

Wasabi the Pekingese won the toy group.

Mathew the French Bulldog won the non-sporting group.

Connor the Old English Sheepdog won the breeding group.

Handicapping a dog show field is a bit more difficult than picking the winner of the fourth race at Belmont. It is commonly said that the Terriers are the best bet, and the Corded Fox Terrier has the most wins, with 15. But the Terriers have won only two of the last 10 Westminsters, so prediction is difficult. The last three winners were a Standard Poodle, a Fox Terrier and a Bichon Frize.

Unfortunately, the event is reserved for thoroughbreds. So your Max, Jake or Buster cannot win, even if he is the best dog in the world.

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