the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2022 is in full swing Tuesday with the first round of pool judging, as four of the seven finalists competing for Best in Show secure their spots.
“America’s Dog Show” kicked off Saturday at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York, as Bee, the Shetland Sheepdog, won the highly anticipated 9th Annual Masters Agility Championship.
The competition continued on Monday with the Master Obedience Championship – a command-driven competition open to both purebreds and All-Americans (mongrels), where Willie the Australian Shepherd took home the title of 2022 WKC Masters Obedience Champion.
With the agility and obedience contests on the books, the first night of group judging arrived. Breed judging in the hound, toy, non-sporting and herding groups concluded Tuesday afternoon, with the top dogs competing against other breeds in their respective groups to advance to the Best in Show judging on Wednesday.
The Hound Group was the largest of the four groups judged on Tuesday with 35 breeds entered, followed by Herding (33), Toy (25) and Non-Sporting (21).
Tuesday’s first winner was trumpet the hound for the Hound Group.
Bloodhounds are large independent, inquisitive and friendly hounds originally bred to hunt deer and wild boar. Borzoi, Norwegian Elkhound and Harrier rounded out the top four for Hounds.
Next up was Toy Group, and Hollywood the Maltese was the second group winner of the night.
The Maltese are known for their friendly and playful demeanor and their unmistakable glamorous white coats.
Next up: The Non-Sporting Group, followed by Herding!
Here are more highlights and the best moments from Tuesday’s action.
Charlotte Wilder takes a tour of the WKC mansion
Deputy Head Krystyn Hastings-Silver gives Charlotte Wilder a tour of the Westminster Kennel Club’s headquarters, the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York.
Charlotte Wilder Breaks Dog Breed Stereotypes
Charlotte Wilder talks to keepers at the 2022 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show to challenge some stereotypes and confirm or refute myths.
Charlotte Wilder meets Pippen the Borzoi
Charlotte Wilder meets Pippen at the 2022 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and finds out how Pippen’s handler prepares him for competition.
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