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Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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Each year approximately 2500 dogs -- all of whom have attained the rank of champion -- compete in seven groups (Toy; Hound; Terrier; Herding; Working; Sporting; Non-Sporting) in a two-day event, and the seven group winners then vie for Best in Show during the evening of the second day. First held in 1877, the Westminster Kennel Dog Show is America's second-longest continuously held sporting event, second only to The Kentucky Derby. Westminster was first telecast in 1948 with Ch. Rock Ridge Night Rocket, a Bedlington Terrier, selected as Best in Show. In 2013 for the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, two new breeds, both officially recognized by the American Kennel Club, were introduced: Russell Terrier (Terrier Group) with 15 entries and Treeing Walker Coonhound (Hound Group) with 13 entries. Plus, in terms of total number of entries, Golden Retrievers fetched the crown from Rhodesian Ridgebacks with 61 entries, followed closely by Labrador Retrievers (54), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (50), French Bulldogs (46), Australian Shepherds (43), and Chinese Cresteds (40). In 2014, three new breeds officially recognized by the American Kennel Club made their debut at Westminster. The playful Rat Terrier joined the Terrier Group; the intelligent Portuguese Podengo Pequeno joined the Hound Group; and the athletic Chinook, the official state dog of New Hampshire, joined the Working Group. Two new breeds officially recognized by the American Kennel Club made their debut at Westminster in 2015. The additions include the Coton de Tulear, competing in the Non-Sporting Group and the Wirehaired Vizsla, competing in the Sporting Group.
The 142nd WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW trots into Madison Square Garden on Monday, February 12, 2018 and is televised live on FS1 from 8-11pm ET/5-8pm PT. Then on Tuesday, February 13, FS1 debuts the final competition day live from 8-11pm ET/5-8pm PT, featuring the crowning of Best In Show. Westminster Kennel Club Director of Communications Gail Miller Bisher provides expert analysis of the breeds alongside FOX Sports veteran announcer Chris Myers, while reporter Karyn Bryant interviews the group and Best in Show winners and judges and Jenny Taft reprises her role as the event's host. This year's primetime coverage features three new members of the broadcast team:

- Kristine Leahy joins the Westminster Kennel Club coverage as a correspondent during FS1's evening coverage and as a floor reporter during Nat Geo WILD's daytime coverage. Leahy also tracks social engagement during this year's event, including for Westminster Kennel Club's "Best at Home" contest. Viewers are encouraged to share photos and videos of their own dogs on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for a chance to crown their pet with this unique honor.

- Shannon Sharpe joins FS1's primetime coverage of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Monday and Tuesday nights, showcasing the human side of the nation's top canine event. He also serves as a floor reporter during daytime breed judging on Nat Geo WILD.

- longtime judge Jason Hoke joins Gail Miller Bisher and Chris Myers for the primetime telecast, providing additional expert insight about the competition. Last year, Hoke was part of the broadcast team for Nat Geo WILD's daytime coverage.

Monday's presentation crowns the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding group winners, while Tuesday's telecast names winners in the Sporting, Working and Terrier groups, followed by Best in Show.

After the group judging and "Best in Show" on Monday and Tuesday nights, FS1 again presents half-hour Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show post-shows, recapping the events from both nights. The wrap-up shows feature analysis and reporting, while also providing behind-the-scenes digital coverage for breed, group and Best in Show judging during Westminster Week. Monday and Tuesday nights' telecasts are streamed live on FOX Sports GO with television provider login, and viewers can use the hashtag #WKCDogShow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured during Leahy's social segments.

On Monday, February 12, FOX Sports GO and offer live streams from 8:30am-5pm ET/5:30am-2pm PT from 10 different rings during breed judging in the Hound, Toy and Non-Sporting groups; the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries; and the Masters Obedience Championship. From 2-4pm ET, Nat Geo WILD offers select coverage of breed judging and the Masters Obedience Championship. On Tuesday, February 13, FOX Sports GO and once again provide live streams from 10 different rings for breed judging in the Sporting, Working and Terrier groups; plus the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries from 9am-5pm ET/6am-2pm PT. Nat Geo WILD is live from 2-4pm ET with select coverage from both events. Breed judging on FOX Sports GO and requires no television provider information.



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