Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
This weekend marked the 140th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Gardens. More than 3,000 dogs from seven groups across the US were chasing the title, but only could be “Best in Show.”
CJ, the 3-year-old German shorthaired pointer, beat an impressive 2,751 entries across 199 breeds and varieties to win the nation’s most prestigious dog competition. Making it the third time this breed has won after 1974 and 2005. CJ isn’t new to winning, he’s only been showing for six months and he has already won 18 “Best in Show” titles. Although we loved CJ’s grace and beauty, we were a little biased to cheer for the adorable Canadian-bred Shih Tzu named “Panda”.
Panda caught the eye of audiences on Monday, winning first place in the Toy Group category. His long black and white coat pulled perfectly into a trendy top knot, beat the competition take the top spot. Another big congratulations goes to Ontario breeders, Wendy, Jody and Richard Paquette, who bred the two-year-old pup at the Wenrick Kennels in Azilda, Ont.
The 140th dog show didn’t disappoint, all of the canine competitors proved to be a “ruff” crowd and top dogs in their own right. Luckily BlogPaws and Fidos of Reality’s Carol Bryant was at the event live tweeting and sharing pictures on social media. To see her exclusive photos and videos, see her Twitter feed HERE.
Congratulations to all of the winners:
Rumor the German shepherd from the hunting group, who we thought was going to take the win.
Bogey the Samoyed from the working group.
Lucy the borzoi from the hound group.
Charlie the Skye terrier from the terrier group.
Panda the Shih Tzu from the toy group.
Annabelle the bulldog from the non-sporting group. Who wouldn’t fall in love with that sweet face?
I am always happily surprised to see how well all of the dogs get along. They are also very professional and really seem to enjoy the spotlight. Some people argue that the dogs probably loath the hours of grooming and practising, but it can be fun for some. Competing in dog shows is a great way to bond with your dog and have fun. It’s great training for walking on a leash and obeying commands.
Kilo the pug is quite handsome but I can’t imagine him being as well behaved in the ring. We are excited to celebrate dogs and the human-animal bond this weekend at Dog Lovers Days. The festival showcases all breeds from the most prestigiously breed AKC or CKC member to shelter mutts. If you are in the Ontario area, stop by Bingmans, Kitchener and join us at Dog Lovers Days. We still have tickets to give away! ENTER TO WIN.
Did you catch the show? Tell us what you think of this year’s winners. Don’t miss the last days to enter our Dog Lovers Days ticket giveaway.