How to Watch the Westminster Dog Show

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[See Westminster dog show photos from Saturday’s action.]

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this 12 months is in a serene setting (give or take some barking): the grounds of the Lyndhurst mansion in Tarrytown, N.Y., 30 miles north of the traditional residence of the present, Madison Square Garden. Lyndhurst was as soon as owned by the robber baron Jay Gould.

Sunday is the ultimate day of the present, which is occurring a lot later within the 12 months than ordinary. Pandemic considerations led organizers to maintain the present outdoor, making June a extra palatable month than February.

You can’t attend reside this 12 months: Spectators in a roundabout way concerned with a competing canine are prohibited.

But it’s canine, canine, canine on TV this weekend. Saturday’s protection included preliminaries, the agility occasion and the primary 4 group finals. On Sunday there are extra preliminaries (1:30 p.m. Eastern, FS1) and three extra group finals and Best in Show (7:30 p.m., Fox).

There can even be dog-streaming on the Fox app and westminsterkennelclub.org. And The New York Times could have reside commentary from our, uh, consultants, starting Sunday night time at 7:30.

Thousands of canine compete in opposition to others from their breed: collie in opposition to collie, Saluki in opposition to Saluki. The 200 or so breed winners advance to compete in opposition to comparable breeds within the group finals. The seven group winners then vie for the large prize: Best in Show, this 12 months to be judged by Patricia Craige Trotter of Carmel, Calif. The choice is hers and hers alone.

Four new breeds be part of the get together this 12 months: the barbet, a curly haired bearded canine; the Belgian Laekenois, a shaggier shepherd; the Biewer terrier, a longhaired, three-colored toy terrier; and the Dogo Argentino, a white muscular canine with a clean coat.

Four group winners had been chosen:

Bourbon the whippet received the hound group.

Wasabi the Pekingese received the toy group.

Mathew the French bulldog received the non-sporting group.

Connor the Old English sheepdog received the herding group.

Handicapping a canine present area is a bit more durable than selecting the winner of the fourth race at Belmont. It is often stated that terriers are the most effective wager, and the wire fox terrier does have probably the most wins, with 15. But terriers have received solely two of the final 10 Westminsters, so prediction is tough. The final three winners had been a customary poodle, a wire fox terrier and a bichon frise.

Sadly, the occasion is for purebreds solely. So your Max, Jake or Buster can’t win, regardless that he’s the bestest canine in the entire world.

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