Two Breeds and Dozens of Dachschunds Descend on the 143rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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

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 143 rd 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 4 th Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.

There are also 330 agility teams entered in the 6 th 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 westminsterkennelclub.org.

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