February 12, 2019

The 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

If you’re in New York City today, head to midtown for this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. This is the 143rd year of the show, with more than 2800 dogs in 203 different breeds and varieties competing for top honors.

Yesterday, my Chow Chow, Empress Qin, competed against 12 other Chow Chows for "Best of Breed". It’s always a great feeling to have one of your own at this prestigious event. It was a very full day for Qin that included grooming, working with her handler, and of course, meeting lots and lots of visitors. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is one of the few “benched” shows in this country - entered dogs are required to remain in assigned areas when not in the ring, so spectators could meet the breeds and talk to their owners and handlers - it's a wonderful way to learn about the many different types of dogs and their temperaments, as well as their feeding and grooming requirements.

The “Best In Show” competition takes place tonight at New York's famed Madison Square Garden, but you can also watch it LIVE at 7pm ET on Fox Sports 1.

Enjoy these photos of Qin and some of the other beautiful dogs that competed…