The Westminster Dog Show
Monday, February 11, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
CH White Deer Jeff Plott
Winner of the Eukanuba
Nationals "Best of Breed"
Ch White Deer Bengali Plott
Winner of the Eukanuba
Nationals "Award of Excellence"
CH Hick's Quick Draw Trigger
CH White Deer Jolena Plott
will be showing at the 2008
Westminster Dog Show
under the capable AKC
Professional Handler, Mr. Frank J. Murphy
Frank says "Keep and eye on
Jolena, she's coming on like gangbusters...she just glides around the ring."
"It seems like a long time ago,
but in 1938 the Westminster Kennel Club was already holding its 62nd annual
dog show in New York City. And to mark the occasion, Time magazine chose for
its cover a gentleman named John G. Bates, who later that week would step
into the ring at Madison Square Garden to select Westminster's Best In Show
The caption, written all those years ago, still tells the story of this
"His choice becomes the people's choice."
True then, true today: Westminster is, undisputedly, America's Dog Show.
In 2005, the 129th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will add to its
legacy as the greatest dog show in the world. It persists as the second
longest continuously held sporting event in this country, just one year
behind the Kentucky Derby.
Established in 1877, The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest
organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. There is only one
Westminster, and in its long and prestigious existence, just about every
superlative imaginable has been used to describe the club, the show and its
impact on the world of purebred dogs. The Westminster Kennel Club "has
had great effect in improving the quality of the dogs owned for use or
companionship. Of this there can be no doubt ..." wrote one reporter.
True then, true today.
Simply put, Westminster has
become the symbol of the purebred dog, in show rings as well as in millions
of television homes across America.
The elegance, beauty and grace of the canine athletes combine with the
excitement of the competition in the world's most famous sporting arena
before a live national television audience. The result is an event that is
the dog show world's version of the Super Bowl and Academy Awards. But even
greater, The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a celebration of the
wonderful canine spirit, reflecting our emotional and spiritual attachment
to our dogs.
It all began in 1877 when The Westminster Kennel Club was officially formed
"...to increase the interest in dogs, and thus improve the breeds, and to
hold an Annual Dog Show in the city of New York ..." (from Westminster
By all accounts, that objective was accomplished from the very beginning.
From Forest and Stream magazine
in 1877: "To say that the dog show held in the city last week was a
success would but poorly convey an idea of what the result really was. It
was a magnificent triumph for the dogs and for the projectors of the show.
We question if on any previous occasion has there ever assembled in this
city such a number of people at one time, and representing as much of the
culture, wealth and fashion of the town. That such a collection of dogs was
ever gotten together before in any country we very much doubt ..."
It is still the greatest collection of dogs assembled each year in the same
place at the same time. From the opening moments when the 2,500-plus
champions begin to compete in 162 different breed and variety rings, to the
final crowning of the Best In Show dog, it is the great sport of dogs at its
The growth of the Westminster
Kennel Club Dog Show paralleled New York's growth to prominence. To fully
grasp the place in history of the Westminster Kennel Club and its famed
annual event, consider that:
|Westminster pre-dates the invention of the light bulb and the
automobile, the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Washington
Monument, the invention of basketball and the establishment of the World
|Since Westminster held its first show 128 years ago, there have been
24 men elected president and 12 states have joined the union. The dog show
has outlasted three previous versions of Madison Square Garden, and is
currently being staged in MSG IV.|
|Westminster's annual dog show has survived power outages, snowstorms,
a national depression, two World Wars and a tugboat strike that threatened
to shut down the city. |
The First Annual New York Bench Show of Dogs, given under the auspices of
the Westminster Kennel Club, was first staged in 1877 at Gilmore's Garden
(the forerunner of Madison Square Garden) in New York City, drawing an entry
of 1,201 dogs.
William Stifel, in his book,
The Dog Show, 125 Years of Westminster, wrote of the following
highlights for that first show.
The show was such a hit that it was extended to four days from its
originally-scheduled three. The gate for the first day of the show was
estimated as high as 8,000. On the second day, 20,000 spectators attended, a
number matched on the third day and providing the impetus to add a fourth
A share of the proceeds from that first show was given to the American
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to open a home for
stray and disabled dogs.
In most breeds, a single class was offered, sometimes divided by sex or age,
Native or Imported, or by other categories. Owners were asked to provide,
but didn't always do so, data such as date of birth, sire, dam and show
record for inclusion in the catalog. In this first show, there were entries
in 35 different breeds and a Miscellaneous Class, which included a dog
described as a "cross between a St. Bernard and a Russian Setter" and
a dog named Nellie, "born with two legs only." (See the Records
Section for a complete listing of all breeds.)
Most railroads provided free transport of the dogs to and from the city when
they were accompanied by their owners.
Westminster even pre-dates the establishment of the governing body of the
sport, the American Kennel Club, by seven years. In fact, in 1877, members
of Westminster and members of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia together
adopted a set of show rules and regulations and established a Board of
Appeals to oversee these rules. This was the precursor of the American
Kennel Club, which was finally created in 1884.
As one might imagine, the history of the club and its show is rich and
In the early Westminster years, some interesting names showed up in the
catalogs. In the first show, there were two Staghounds listed as being from
the late General George Custer's pack, and two Deerhounds that had been bred
by the Queen of England. In 1889, the Czar of Russia is listed as the
breeder of a Siberian Wolfhound entered, and the following year, one of the
entries is a Russian Wolfhound whose listed owner was the Emperor of
Philanthropist J. P. Morgan made the first of his many appearances at
Westminster with his Collies in 1893. Famous American journalist Nelly Bly
entered her Maltese at Westminster in 1894, some four years after she made a
record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes,
racing the record of Phineas Fogg in Jules Verne's Around the World in
In 1888, Anna Whitney became the first woman to judge a dog show in America
with her assignment of 117 St. Bernards. She would judge every year for the
next seven years, but it would be 1901 before another woman judged any dog
show in the U.S. In 1933, Mrs. M. Hartley Dodge became the first woman to
officiate as the sole judge for Best In Show. Mrs. Dodge (Geraldine
Rockefeller Dodge) became legendary in the dog show world, as the force
behind the Morris & Essex Kennel Club and the benefactor of St. Hubert
Giralda Animal Shelter in New Jersey.
In 1910, a class was offered for Fire Department Dalmatians, and it was won
by Mike of Engine Company 8 of 51st Street. In 1916, one of the breeds
entered in the Miscellaneous Class is listed as a "Truffles Hunter" named
Prinz Forino. And in 1917, a special hero of World War I, a German Shepherd
named Filax of Lewanno who had brought 54 wounded soldiers to safety, was
exhibited at Westminster.
The most-coveted award in the
dog show, Best In Show, was given for the first time in 1907. That year, and
for the next two years as well, it went to a Smooth Fox Terrier bitch named
Ch. Warren Remedy. She remains the only dog ever to win three times.
Six other dogs have won Best In Show twice, the most recent being the
English Springer Spaniel, Ch. Chinoe's Adamant James in 1971 and 1972.
Storied in its history, rich in its tradition, The Westminster Kennel Club's
famed annual dog show is unique, prestigious, and elegant for all concerned.
Indeed, there is only one Westminster."
from The Westminster Kennel Club, "About the WKC"
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