The 147th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show: Celebrating the Best of the Best in Canine Breeds
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is one of the most prestigious dog shows in the world, celebrating the best of the best in canine breeds. This year's event, the 147th edition, took place on May 8-9 at the United States Tennis Association Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York, and was hosted by the American Kennel Club. Thousands of dogs from over 200 different breeds participated in the event, competing in a range of judged events, including agility and obedience contests.
The event was broadcast on Fox Sports, featuring cutting-edge broadcast technologies such as a new Spidercam aerial system within Arthur Ashe Stadium to capture an aerial vantage point of the show floor. The operations team also used an arsenal of cameras that put viewers in the right spots while respecting the space of competing dogs and owners. The new emphasis on broadcast clips aligns more closely with how sporting teams cover their live events, according to Alicia Barillari, an account manager at GLOW.
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is composed of several groups, including the Terrier group, which has produced 47 Best in Show winners, with 15 of those being wire fox terriers. The wire fox terrier has won Westminster more than any other dog breed, with two recent wins by Sky in 2014 and King in 2019. The Scottish Terrier ranks second with eight Best in Show wins, with the most recent occurring in 2010 when Sadie won the top prize. The English springer spaniel ranks third with six Best in Show titles.
This year's Best in Show winner was the American Staffordshire Terrier named Lbk's Rebel And Proud Party Crasher, also known as “Trouble.” The Reserve Best in Show went to Winston the French Bulldog, who won the National Dog Show last year and was the Best in Show reserve at Westminster in 2022.
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a conformation competition for purpose-bred dogs. While some breeds have never seen a Best in Show win, other kinds of canines have multiple titles. This year's event saw more than 3,000 dogs from over 200 different breeds compete for the top prize. The event concluded on the evening of May 9 with the Best in Show round.
In summary, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a highly anticipated and prestigious event that celebrates the best of the best in canine breeds. This year's event saw thousands of dogs from over 200 different breeds compete in a range of judged events, with the American Staffordshire Terrier named Lbk's Rebel And Proud Party Crasher taking the top prize. The event was broadcast on Fox Sports, featuring cutting-edge broadcast technologies, and concluded on the evening of May 9 with the Best in Show round.
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