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Westminster dog show 2022 LIVE — How to watch Masters Agility Championship Preliminaries ahead of breed competitions

THE 146th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show began on Saturday at Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York and you can watch it from wherever you are.

The breed competitions will take place on Monday, June 20 for Hound and Herding, Tuesday, June 21 for Toy, Non-Sporting and Terrier, and Wednesday, June 22 for Sporting and Working breeds, according to the Westminster Kennel Club.

On the nights of June 21 and 22, the Group Judging, Junior Showmanship Finals, and Best in Show will take place.

Mudi and Russian Toy, two new AKC-recognized breeds, will be introduced at this year’s event. This takes the total number of breeds and variations permitted at the show to 211.

On Saturday, June 18, the preliminaries for the Masters Agility Champions took place.

The Masters Agility Championship will continue into the finals on Sunday June 19.

The 2022 Westminster Dog Show will be streamed live on their website, the WKC App, and the FOX Sports App for free.

In addition, the program will be broadcast live on FS1 and FS2, with two and a half hours of Agility Finals coverage on FOX, an eight-hour live simulcast in Spanish on FOX Deportes, and 17 hours of live simulcast on Sportsnet in Canada.

On June 22, the event will come to a close with the announcement of Best in Show, which was given to Wasabi the Pekingese in 2021.

Read our Westminster dog show blog for updates…

  • What’s Monday’s schedule like?

    On Monday, the dog show schedule is as follows, according to People:

    • Streaming live on westminsterkennelclub.org from 8am-4.30pm.
      • Breed Judging (Hound and Herding) and the Masters Obedience Championship
      • Breed judging available as Videos on Demand on westminsterkennelclub.org
    • FS2 live from 1-4pm
      • Select coverage of Breed Judging and Obedience
      • With live streaming for subscribers of the Fox Now App and Fox Sports App
    • Sportsnet live Select coverage of Breed Judging (Hound and Herding breeds) and Obedience from 1-4pm
      • With live streaming for subscribers of the Sportsnet Now App
  • What’s happening today?

    In a post to their Instagram account and on its website, the Westminster Kennel Club announced that the Master Agilities Finals will take place on Sunday at 12.30pm EST.

    Viewers can catch this event on Fox TV, according to the post.

    Fans can watch on westminsterkennelclub.org.

  • Westminster dog show ticket prices

    Despite being one of the most well-known athletic events in the United States, the Westminster Dog Show has reasonably priced tickets, according to Sporting News.

    During the preliminary rounds, tickets are $12.50 for children ages five and up and $25 for adults.

    During the agility finals, the fee increases to $15 and $30, respectively.

    Children under the age of four are admitted free of charge.

  • Where is the Lyndhurst Estate?

    The Westminster Dog Show will be held outside of New York City for the first time in the competition’s 146-year history, at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York this year.

    In an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus, the event was conducted at the same place last year, per Sporting News.

    The home, composed of limestone and mortar, appears to have created a lasting impact on the event’s organizers.

    Lyndhurst Estate is a mansion on the Hudson River near Tarrytown, New York. It is located between Yonkers and Yorktown Heights.

    The estate, with its gothic architecture, has appeared in films such as House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows.

  • What is the Westminster Kennel Club?

    The Westminster Kennel Club, which was founded in 1877, is America’s oldest dog-sporting organization, according to its website.

    It is home to the historic Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the country’s second-longest-running athletic event and, since 1948, the longest nationally televised live dog show.

    With its instructive benched structure, America’s Dog Show has enthralled canine fans for more than a century, allowing the public to interact with more than 200 kinds of dogs in New York City, per its website.

    The Club’s aim is to improve the lives of all dogs by celebrating their companionship, promoting responsible dog ownership, and preserving breeds.

  • Where is the Westminster Dog Show taking place?

    The 146th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show begins on June 18 at Lyndhurst Estate, a location along the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York, some 25 miles north of Manhattan.

    The show runs through Wednesday, June 22.

  • When does group judging take place?

    On Tuesday, June 21, FS1 will broadcast group judging for the toy, non-sporting, hound, and herding groups from 7.30pm-11pm ET.

    Group judging for sports, working, and terrier groups will begin at 7:30pm ET on Wednesday, June 22.

  • Which breeds are competing and when?

    Monday is for hound and herding types, Tuesday is for toy, terrier, and non-sports varieties, and Wednesday is for sporting and working dogs, per NJ.com.

  • How many dogs are participating this year?

    Among the 3,500 dogs registered in three distinct categories, have the most Westminster entries by breed this year, according to Cleveland.com.

    Those breeds include:

    • 70 golden retrievers
    • 49 Labrador Retrievers
    • 46 Pugs
    • 43 Rhodesian Ridgebacks
    • 41 French Bulldogs
  • When is the dog show’s best in show?

    Best in show will be revealed at the end of group judging, which airs from 7.30 to 11pm ET on Wednesday, June 22.

    The broadcast will be streamed live on the Fox Now and Fox Sports apps as well.

  • A look at the Lyndhurst Mansion

    The Westminster Dog Show is taking place at the Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, New York, and they shared a video to their Instagram account showing off the estate.

    They captioned the post: “Here’s a first-look at @lyndhurst_mansion before all the action begins at the 2022 #WestminsterDogShow!”

  • Two new breeds added, part two

    The mudi hails from Hungary and got its start as a sheep herding dog in the 1800s.

    Genetically, the breed also has connections with the other breeds like the German spitz, according to local New Jersey media outlet NJ.com.

    The dog rose to prominence after catching the attention of a museum director in the 1930s, NPR reported.

  • Two new breeds added, part one

    This year, Westminster Dog Show has added two new breeds to the competition.

    One of the new breeds making an appearance on the show floor this year is a Mudi, a Hungarian herding dog.

    The other new breed is known as a Russian Toy, which resemble Chihuahuas and have fox-like fur, but originate from a breed of English Toy Terriers.

  • A Hope Diamond connection

    One of this year’s judges at the Westminster Dog Show has a family connection to the famous Hope Diamond.

    Westminster judge Evalyn Gregory from Kentucky is the great-grand daughter of the diamond’s “last private owner,” the Courier-Journal reported.

    Evalyn’s mother also bred animals, including Pygmy goats and horses, according to the Courier-Journal.

  • canadian dogs compete

    There are nearly 60 dogs from Canada competing in the Westminster Dog Show this year.

    One of the Canadian entrants is a Boston terrier from Calgary who goes by the name Frank, television broadcaster CBC reported.

    Frank the Boston terrier is 6 years old and is owned by a nurse, who told the outlet the pup hasn’t competed since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

  • Snacks help fuel dogs, part two

    For canines competing in dog shows, it’s common for their human handlers to carry treats in their own mouths.

    According to the American Kennel Club, handlers hold onto the treats in their mouth as a way to get the dog to maintain focus on their handler’s face.

    The kennel club also notes that dogs often drink bottled water when on the road for shows, in order to avoid getting sick.

  • Snacks help fuel dogs

    During dog shows, the four-legged competitors are fueled by snacks like hot dogs and cheese.

    It’s not uncommon for the dog’s handler to keep treats in their mouth during competition, according to the American Kennel Club.

    When the dog is ready for the treat, the handler plucks it straight out of their mouth to give the animal.

  • Grueling grooming schedule

    Keeping the dogs of Westminster looking in tip top shape is a demanding process.

    Depending on the breed, it can take four to five hours to get some of the show dogs ready for the spotlight, according to the American Kennel Club.

    This process can involve the same high end shampoos conditioners sold at hair salons for humans, as swell as blow dryers and flat irons, the kennel club says.

  • Contestants from all over, part two

    Many of the dogs competing in this year’s Westminster Dog Show come from outside of the country.

    The show logged international registrations for 78 dogs from 9 countries, the Canine Chronicle reported.

    Canada had the most entrants with 58 dogs, followed by 8 entrants from Japan and 3 from South Korea, according to the website.

  • Contestants from all over

    The more than 3,000 dogs participating in the Westminster Dog Show this week hail from all over country and world.

    New York registered the most Westminster competitors with 260 dogs hailing from the east coast state, according to the Canine Chronicle.

    The state that sent the second highest number of dogs is Pennsylvania with 234 and Florida came in third with 210.

  • Meet the contestants, part three

    A Rhodesian Ridgeback named Mamba from southern California is one of more than 3,000 dogs competing in Westminster.

    The 2.5-year-old dog will face off against more than 40 other Ridgebacks for the best in breed award and will also compete in the hound category, according to the Ojai Valley News.

    Rhodesian Ridgebacks are one of the largest breeds featured in the Westminster show.

  • One of America’s longest running sporting events

    The Westminster Dog Show has been running longer than almost any other sporting event in the US.

    More than 1,200 dogs competed in the first Westminster competition in 1877, according to the American Kennel Club.

    The Kentucky Derby horse race is the only sporting event that has been running continuously for longer than Westminster.

    The Derby was first held in 1875, two years prior to Westminster’s debut.

  • No cash prizes for winners

    The contestants in the Westminster Dog Show are not in it for the money.

    Since the annual competition began more than 100 years ago, cash award winners have never received prizes for their achievement.

    Instead, the American Kennel Club says proceeds are donated to dog-related causes like rescue and training organizations.

  • Qualifying for Westminster

    Dogs all over the country come for spots at the Westminster Dog Show, but the competition isn’t open to just anyone.

    In order to score an invite to Westminster, a dog has to win a certain number of shows and points throughout the year, according to the Nest.

    The top five dogs of each breed nationwide are given invitations, while other dogs meeting certain requirements are also allowed to compete.

  • Meet the contestants, part two

    A French bulldog named Enzo is competing in this year’s Westminster Dog Show.

    Enzo will have to beat out 40 other French bulldogs to win the best in breed title, local news station KSBW reported.

    Born in Ohio and raised in Salinas, California, Enzo comes from a competitive family.

    His mother won the best in breed in 2020, according to KSBW.

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