The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for 2022 will be held mid-year in June. It will be from the third weekend of the month, right into the first few days of the workweek. The dates for the WKC show are from Saturday, June 18 to Wednesday, June 22, exempting Sunday, June 29 from the competition days.
The 2022 Westminster Dog Show is underway at the Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, New York. The United States' biggest dog showcase, nearly 3,500 dogs will compete for the prestigious title of Best in Show at the 146th iteration of the show.
Breed judging began Monday, June 20 with the Hounding & Herding groups. Best in Show will be awarded Wednesday, June 22 around 11 p.m.
More than 3,000 canines of all shapes and sizes and their handlers are vying for bragging rights and a trophy for the coveted best in show spot at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
On Monday, contestants representing 209 breeds and varieties (which is a subset of a breed) – including Chihuahuas, toy poodles, mastiffs, and an American Fox Hound named Cardi B – demonstrated their skills and precision in the ring while jumping through hoops, climbing atop obstacles and being ambitious cuties.
Judges factor in traits such as teeth, temperament and agility to determine a winner. The winner in each group represents which dog best matches the "standard” for its breed, which takes into account the breed’s original function. For the first time, a Hungarian herding breed, mudi, and a Russian toy competed.
Separately, about 350 dogs compete in agility and obedience. Mixed-breeds are ineligible for best in show but can compete in agility and obedience.
No matter which dog is crowned best in show Wednesday night, these canines and their flawless fur coats deserve a moment in the spotlight.
When is the Westminster Masters Agility Championship on TV? Free livestream?
The Westminster Masters Agility Championship, the first event of Westminster week, will see dogs swiftly weave around poles, deftly navigate a series of hurdles and jumps, carefully balance on a seesaw and wildly careen through a tunnel to try for the quickest, cleanest runs.
In 2021, Verb, a border collie from Wyncote, Pennsylvania, won agility for the second time after first triumphing in 2019.
There are two ways to catch all the agility action:
The Westminster Kennel Club agility preliminaries will be livestreamed from 7:30 a.m. ET to 4 p.m. ET Saturday, June 18 at westminsterkennelclub.org.
The Westminster Masters Agility Championship finals will air from 12:30 p.m. ET to 3 p.m. ET Sunday, June 19 on Fox.
When is the Westminster Kennel Club dog show breed judging? How to watch.
Westminster breed competition runs from 8 a.m. ET to 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 20, Tuesday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 22 and can be streamed live at westminsterkennelclub.org or watched on demand at the website.
Hound and herding breeds compete Monday, while toy, terrier and non-sporting breeds compete Tuesday and sporting and working breeds compete Wednesday.
Select coverage of the breed show will also air live on FS2 from 1 p.m. ET to 4 p.m. ET Monday, June 20, Tuesday, June 21 (as well as junior showmanship preliminaries) and Wednesday, June 22, and stream live on the Fox Now and Fox Sports apps.
Junior showmanship finals air 7 p.m. ET to 7:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, June 22 on FS1.
When is the Westminster Masters Obedience Championship? How to watch.
New Jersey is the home of Westminster obedience champions.
In fact, the state claims every single obedience winner since the competition was added to the show in 2016.
A New Jersey Labrador retriever named Grant won the 2021 Westminster Masters Obedience Championship alongside his owner, Mary Ann Flanagan of Glen Gardner (see video below).
In 2020, Heart, a Labrador retriever from Warren County, and her owner, Linda Brennan, retired the Westminster Masters Obedience Championship trophy after winning the competition in five consecutive years.
This year, the Westminster Masters Obedience Championship will stream live from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET Monday, June 20 at westminsterkennelclub.org.
Select coverage will also air live from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday, June 20 on FS2.gfjghjghj