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Westminster Dog Show 2021 schedule: dates, times, TV channels, live broadcast and list of past winners

The 145th Westminster Dog Show is scheduled to take place over the weekend, with most events taking place on Saturdays and Sundays, including the crowning of the prestigious “Best in Show” award.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event will move to Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, New York and be held outside. This is one of the only times in the history of the event that it will not take place at Madison Square Garden.

As has been the case since 2017, Fox Sports owns the broadcasting rights for the dog show. As a result, Fox and its affiliates will broadcast the event, with FS1 being the primary streaming location and the Fox Sports app containing all streaming content.

Here’s a guide to everything you need to know about the 145th Westminster Dog Show, including a full TV schedule and history of past winners. Stay tuned this weekend for live updates from Sporting News and results from Sunday’s main event.

MORE: Watch The Westminster Dog Show Live With fuboTV (7 Day Free Trial)

Westminster Dog Show 2021 Schedule

The 2021 edition of the Westminster Dog Show will air June 12-13 on Fox, FS1, FS2 and the Fox Sports app.

saturday 12 june

Event Time TV channel / broadcast
Breed judgment, junior presentation preliminaries 1 p.m. ET – 4 p.m. ET FS2
Masters Agility Championship Finals 5 p.m. ET – 7 p.m. ET Fox
Programming before the show 7 p.m. ET – 7:30 p.m. ET FS1
Group judging (groups of hunting, toy, non-sport and breeding dogs) 7:30 p.m. ET – 11 p.m. ET FS1

Sunday 13 June

Event Time TV channel / broadcast
Race judgment and junior presentation preliminaries 1:30 p.m. ET – 4 p.m. ET FS1
Programming before the show 7 p.m. ET – 7:30 p.m. ET Fox
Group judging (sports, work, burrow groups, followed by the best of the show) 7:30 p.m. ET – 11 p.m. ET Fox

How to live stream the Westminster Dog Show

The Westminster Dog Show can be streamed online through the Fox Sports app or with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

In addition, some content will be available for streaming at www.westminsterkennelclub.org.

Westminster Dog Show Events Calendar

Here is the full daily schedule of events for the Westminster Dog Show 2021. A TV program for Saturday and Sunday is also included. Below you will find detailed information on the main events that make up the dog show.

(All Eastern hours)

Masters Agility Championship

The agility championship will begin with preliminaries Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. These will be available to stream on the official Westminster Kennel Club website. The championship finals will take place Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fox.

Masters Obedience Championship

The obedience championship will take place from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Sunday.

Westminster Dog Show

The main event will start on Saturday and will continue until Sunday evening. Morning sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. while evening sessions will run from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Best in Show will be awarded on Sunday June 13 at the end of the competition.

What is the Westminster Kennel Club dog show?

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog show is an annual event that features nearly 3,000 dogs. Normally, it takes place at Madison Square Garden, although it will be held outdoors in Tarrytown, New York in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The show consists of dogs competing to be the best in their group. There are seven groups in total, including Hounds, Toys, Non-Athletes, Athletes, Workers, Herds, and Terriers. The best dog from each group then competes for the title “Best in Show”.

The show also includes the Masters Agility Championship and the Masters Obedience Championships.

History of the Westminster Dog Show

The first Westminster Dog Show was held by the Westminster Kennel Club in 1877 at Gilmore’s Garden, the predecessor of Madison Square Garden. The event was originally scheduled to last three days, but after registering 1,201 dogs, it ended up going on for one more day. From there it became an annual event.

The show has been held annually since 1877. It has taken place during the Great Depression, wartime, and the pandemic years, as will be the case in 2021.

The name Westminster comes from a Manhattan hotel where the group of hunters who created the Kennel Club met frequently. The only sporting event that has lasted longer than the Westminster Dog Show is the Kentucky Derby, which preceded it by two years,

Westminster Dog Show Winners

The Best in Show award has been awarded annually since 1907, 30 years after the first Westminster dog show began in 1877. The Terrier group has won the award 47 times, the most of any group. Last year’s winner Siba the poodle gave the non-sporting group their 11th victory, tied for fourth of seven groups.

Previous Best in Show winners

Year Winner Elevate Group
2006 Sundance Kid from Rocky Top Bull Terrier (Color) Terrier
2007 Felicity’s Jim Diamond Spaniel (English Spring) Athletic
2008 Park Me In First by K-Run Beagle (15 inches) Dog
2009 Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee Sussex Spaniel Athletic
2010 Roundtown Mercedes by Maryscot Scottish terrier Terrier
2011 Foxcliffe Hickory Vent Scottish Greyhound Dog
2012 Malachi Palace Garden Pekingese toy Toy
2013 Banana Joe V Tani Kazari Affenpinscher Toy
2014 After all paint the sky Fox Terrier (Wire) Terrier
2015 Tashtins looking for trouble Beagle (15 inches) Dog
2016 Garbonita’s California Journey Pointer (German shorthair) Athletic
2017 Lockenhaus rumor has it against Kenlyn German shepherd Breeding
2018 All I care about Belle Creek is love Bichon Frize Not athletic
2019 Kingarthur Van Foliny House Fox Terrier (Wire) Terrier
2020 Stone Run afternoon tea Poodle Not athletic

More wins per group

Group Number of winners
Terrier 47
Athletic 18
Job 15
Toy 11
Not athletic 11
Dog 6
Breeding 3





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