Meet the Dogs (and Cats) of the 141st Annual Westminster Dog Show
The Westminster Dog Show celebrates its 141st year of prestigious dog glory in New York City this week. Known as the greatest dog show in America and the second longest running sporting event in history (second to the Kentucky Derby), the Westminster Dog Show is a must-see spectacle of purebred dog competitions.
Westminster Kennel Club’s namesake comes from the long-gone New York City hotel in which the sporting gentlemen met for drinks, eventually forming the kennel club and coming up with the idea of bringing a dog show to New York. The first dog show of 1877 even took place at Gilmore’s Garden, now known famously as Madison Square Garden, where it is still held today.
The show is a three-day event that starts off with a meet and greet with the American Kennel Clubs. Travel+Leisure sent photographer—and new dog owner—Jackson Krule to photograph and meet the clubs. For any event ticket holder, the meet and greet is an interactive experience where photos can be taken along with petting sessions and learning about the dog breeds. In an attempt to be more inclusive, this year cats could be seen during the meet and greet event as well, including the exotic-looking Bengals.
Jackson experienced a frenzy of pet lovers scurrying around for photos. “It’s almost as if every dog is a celebrity and photographers are trying to take the picture while fans want to reach in and pet them," he said.
The more popular breeds were the smaller toy dogs like miniature poodles and teacup Yorkies. Almost all the dogs were cordial, though the occasional bark would set off a domino effect of more barks.
The competitions will take place Monday and Tuesday, where we'll see the friendly pups turn fierce as they vie for the highly-coveted award of Best In Show.