The 143rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (2019)

    Two Breeds Debut and Dozens Of Dachshunds Descend On

    The 143rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

    February 11 – 12, 2019

    Piers 92/94 & Madison Square Garden

    Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes and Grand Bassett Griffon Vendeéns Make First Appearance at Westminster

    New York, NY – The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show welcomes two new breeds the Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes and Grand Bassett Griffon Vendeéns to its iconic all-breed dog show at Piers 92/94 and Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 11 and 12, 2019

    Joining seven Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes, a spirited dog of Dutch descent from the Sporting Group and eight Grand Bassett Griffon Vendeéns, a happy, outgoing French rough-coated dog from the Hound Group are 76 Dachshunds (three varieties), 57 Golden Retrievers, 53 Bernese Mountain Dogs, 48 French Bulldogs, 47 Labrador Retrievers, and 41 Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

    The 143rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show reached its conformation entry limit, for a total of 2,800 dogs among 203 breeds and varieties representing 2,916 entries which includes 102 junior showmanship qualifiers and 14 obedience teams competing in the 4th Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. There are also 330 agility teams entered in the 6th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, part of the Meet & Compete event featuring AKC Meet the Breeds®.

    Agility fans can catch the fast-paced action of the Championship finals once again on the FOX broadcast network on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 from 2 pm to 4:30 pm EST. Daytime viewers will enjoy select live coverage of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and Masters Obedience Championship on Nat Geo WILD on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 11-12, 2019 from 1 pm to 4 pm EST. The coveted Groups and Best in Show live telecast will continue on FS1 on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 7 pm to 11 pm EST.

    All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan®.

    For tickets to all events, telecast and live streaming schedules visit

    About The Westminster Kennel Club:

    The Westminster Kennel Club is America’s oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. Established in 1877, Westminster’s influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-breed, benched dog show held every year in New York City. Today 204 breeds and varieties of dogs compete in Best of Breed judging at Piers 92/94 with the winners advancing to Group and Best in Show competitions at Madison Square Garden. America’s dog show has expanded into Westminster Week which includes the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster, both held at Pier 94. More than 3,000 dogs entered from around the world compete in these events, making Westminster Week like no other. Westminster. There’s only one. (R) Follow us @WKCDOGS or visit:

    About Purina Pro Plan:

    Purina Pro Plan is the food of choice for 11 of the past 12 Westminster Best in Show winners*. Our goal is to give your dog the nutrition to be his absolute best, helping him to be energetic and resilient, while maintaining an ideal body condition, healthy skin, and a stunning coat. Because being the best he can be means something different for every dog, our wide range of dry and wet foods, sold exclusively at pet specialty and online retailers, can be found in four specialized platforms formulated for a dog’s unique nutritional needs. For more information, visit or follow @ProPlan on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. The brand is manufactured by Nestlé Purina PetCare, which promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement, and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health, and wellness. *The handler or owners of these champions may have received Purina Pro Plan dog food as Purina ambassadors.

    About Meet the Breeds:

    From Afghan Hounds to the Turkish Van and everything in between, AKC Meet the Breeds® is brought to you by exclusive pet care sponsor Purina Pro Plan. The tenth annual event gives pet lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with more than 150 different dog and cat breeds in booths individually decorated to depict each breed’s country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet, all while learning about responsible pet ownership and which breeds may be right for them. Event sponsors include AKC Pet Insurance, Motel 6, AKCSM Visa® Card and Pet Brands Products, LLC. For more information, visit