Calling all Westminster Kennel Cub EnthusiastsBy Ricardo Warren
July 21, 2019
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the can’t-miss event of the year for dog lovers around the country. The all-breed conformation show has been held in New York City annually since 1877. Participants are judged against their breed standards in order to see how close they match the ideal breed specimen. These may include references relating to form, function, and performance.
The show’s popularity has increased dramatically in recent decades. Last year, the show had close to 3,000 dogs from all fifty states—an unprecedented increase from the show’s 1,200 original entries in 1877. The popularity soared after its first televised event in 1948, and, after the Kentucky Derby, the Westminster Dog Show is the second-oldest continuously run sporting event in American history. It brings together families, friends, and dog enthusiasts.
This organization was created in wake of the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. On the day before the show, the New York Times published an article titled, “How the Westminster Dog Show Got Its Name.” According to the piece, the dog show was named for the Westminster Hotel, near Union Square. A group of men met regularly at the hotel and, when they later created the club, someone suggested they name it after their favorite bar. Thus, the Westminster Kennel Club was born.
That got us thinking: If we, those who religiously watch and keep track of the show, did not know the origins of its name, what else are we missing? This is the thrust of our conceptualization of this website. This is a place for dog show enthusiasts to share tidbits, fun facts, and stories about their experiences with the dog show. In addition to sharing our own coverage at future shows, we want to create a database for everything related to the Kennel Club and concomitant dog show.