Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen And Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Will Compete For The First Time Ever In The 143rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show On Monday, February 11 And Tuesday, February 12, 2019 At The World’s Most Famous Arena
The Madison Square Garden Company and the Westminster Kennel Club have announced that two new breeds, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen and the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje, will compete for the very first time at the 143rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show when it returns to The World’s Most Famous Arena on Monday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Tickets for the events at Madison Square Garden are on sale now.
Debuting at the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, more affectionately known as the “GBGV” or “Grand,” first appeared as early as the end of the 19th century in the region of Vendéen in France. Primarily a pack hunter in their native homeland and throughout Europe, the GBGV is capable of hunting a wide variety of game from the rabbit to wild boar. It is favored as a hunter, companion and friend to those willing to take the time to nurture and appreciate the characteristics that make the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen a unique breed.
Also competing for the first time this year is the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje. For centuries, the agile little orange-red and white dog from Holland has used their gaily waving tail to lure ducks in an elaborate pond trapping system called “Eendenkooi.” The breed was saved from extinction in 1939 by the Baroness von Hardenbroek von Ammerstol and the breed’s foundation litter was born in 1942. The “Kooiker” competes in agility, obedience/rally, barn hunt and flyball with enthusiastic cheerfulness, but is also content to share a favorite sofa with their owner.
“The first year of eligibility to enter Westminster is a historic milestone for breeds,” said Gail Miller Bisher, director of communications, Westminster Kennel Club. “We congratulate these two breed clubs for earning American Kennel Club recognition. We look forward to welcoming their Best in Breed winners in February when they make history competing on the green carpet at Madison Square Garden for the first time.”