July 26, 2021

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Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2021 LIVE: Four newly eligible breeds compete along usual contenders for Best in Show

THE annual Westminster dog show is back – but not at Madison Square Garden.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced many changes to the treasured canine event, which is taking place in Tarrytown, New York, in 2021.

The 145th Westminster dog show launched on Friday, June 11, and will conclude Sunday, June 13.

In a change, it’s being held in a suburban riverfront estate in Tarrytown.

The event is normally held at the storied Madison Square Garden in New York City, but the pandemic forced the adjusment.

In addition, in-person spectators are not allowed.

“It’s a heartbreak because that’s definitely part of the prestige of going, and the nostalgia,” says handler Renee Rosamilla of Ocala, Florida.

“But I’m just, honestly, thrilled that they were able to let us have Westminster this year.”

The Best in Show is the highest award given at dog shows.

The sought-after trophy will be awarded under a tent outside the Lyndhurst mansion in Tarrytown, not in the sports palace of MSG.

The show also is due to feature four breeds that are eligible to compete for the first time – the barbet, the dogo Argentino, the Belgian Laekenois, and the Biewer terrier.

Read our Westminster Dog Show 2021 live blog below for the very latest news and updates…

  • WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT LAST YEAR’S WINNER

    Siba, a standard poodle, won ‘Best in Show’ at last year’s event.

    Siba, who competed under the full entry name “GCHP CH Stone Run Afternoon Tea,” was born in March 2016.

    She is co-owned by Connie Unger – who was the handler at Madison Square Garden – and William Lee.

    P!nk (Border collie) won the agility championship, and Heart (Labrador retriever) won her fifth consecutive obedience crown.

  • TOP DOG

    Matthew the French Bulldog wins top prize for his breed
    Matthew the French Bulldog wins top prize for his breedCredit: AP
  • WINNER ANNOUNCED: VERB THE BORDER COLLIE

    A winner has been announced for the 8th Annual Masters Agility Championship: Verb the Border Collie and handler Perry DeWitt.

    The news was tweeted out by the official Westminster Dog Show Twitter account.

    Verb is an adorable black and white pup with bright amber eyes.

  • BIG HAIR

    A Bichon Frise shows off a healthy head of hair
    A Bichon Frise shows off a healthy head of hairCredit: AFP
  • HOW TO WATCH THE WESTMINSTER MASTERS AGILITY CHAMPIONSHIP

    The Westminster Masters Agility Championship is part of Westminster and requires dogs to jump through hoops and bob around weave poles in times runs.

    It took place on Friday, June 11 from 8am to 4pm.

    The Westminster Masters Agility Championship finals will air from 5pm to 7pm Saturday, June 12 on Fox.

    The traditional Westminster breed show, including junior showmanship preliminaries, will air from 1pm to 4 pm ET Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13, on Fox Sports 2.

  • LOTS OF LOVE

    Barbara Becker and her Chow Chow share a moment
    Barbara Becker and her Chow Chow share a momentCredit: AFP
  • WHERE IS THE SHOW USUALLY HELD?

    Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the show will be moved outside of NYC for the first time in its history.

    The show – which will not host spectators – will be held outdoors on the lawn at the Lyndhurst estate in Tarrytown, New York.

    The dog show is typically held in February at Piers 92/94 and Madison Square Garden.

  • SHOWING OFF

    Venom the Chinese crested dog gets ready for breed judging
    Venom the Chinese crested dog gets ready for breed judgingCredit: AP
  • WHEN DOES THE BEST IN SHOW COMPETITION BEGIN?

    The Best in Show competition will begin at 8pm EST on Fox.

    Due to covid restrictions, the 145th competition will be held outdoors at Lyndhurst Mansion, an historic estate 25 miles north of New York City in beautiful Tarrytown, New York.

    The Westminster dog show is an all-breed show that has been hosted annually in New York City since 1877.

  • COOLING OFF

    A Chow Chow basks in the cool air of a fan
    A Chow Chow basks in the cool air of a fanCredit: AFP
  • WHO IS SIBA?

    Siba the Standard Poodle won Best in Show at the 2020 Westminster Dog Show.

    Siba’s win at the 144th edition of the Westminster Kennel Club’s annual competition dethroned King the Wire Fox Terrier who had won the previous year.

    The three-year-old poodle’s full entry name is GCHP CH Stone Run Afternoon Tea.

    Siba is the fifth Standard Poodle to ever win the silver trophy and the first since 1991.

  • GREYHOUNDS GALORE

    A Greyhound awaits judgement at Lyndhurst Mansion
    A Greyhound awaits judgement at Lyndhurst MansionCredit: Reuters
  • WHEN WAS THE FIRST WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW?

    The Westminster dog show is an all-breed show that has been hosted annually in New York City since 1877.

    The first telecast of Westminster was in 1948.

    Dogs competing in the show are required to be on display in their assigned locations during the entire event – except when shown in the ring, groomed for showtime, or taken outside for elimination.

  • PUGS OF A FEATHER

    A group of pugs has their time to shine
    A group of pugs has their time to shineCredit: AP
  • HOW LONG IS THE SHOW?

    The 2021 Westminster Dog Show will take place the weekend of Friday, June 11 to Sunday, June 13.

    The show kicks off with an agility competition on Friday, followed by weekend events including the traditional breed judging that leads to the Best in Show title.

    The competition was pushed back from it’s usual February date to June because of the pandemic.

  • TIRED POOCH

    Turtle the Tibetan terrier takes a break in a corner of the judging tent
    Turtle the Tibetan terrier takes a break in a corner of the judging tentCredit: AP
  • WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW WILL TAKE PLACE OUTSIDE NYC

    Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the show will be moved outside of NYC for the first time in its history.

    The show – which will not host spectators – will be held outdoors on the lawn at the Lyndhurst estate in Tarrytown, New York.

    The dog show is typically held in February at Piers 92/94 and Madison Square Garden.

  • READY FOR THEIR CLOSE UP

    A bichon frise is groomed in the staging area in the tented judging area
    A bichon frise is groomed in the staging area in the tented judging areaCredit: AP
  • WHICH DOG WON LAST YEAR’S SHOW?

    Siba, a standard poodle, won “Best in Show” at the 2020 Westminster Dog Show.

    The poodle beat out dogs from more than 200 breeds at Madison Square Garden.

    Siba became the fifth standard poodle to earn the honor all-time.

  • PUGS LINE UP TO BE JUDGED

    The 145th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has kicked off in Tarrytown, New York.

    Pugs line up at the judging area
    Pugs line up at the judging areaCredit: AFP

  • WHAT ARE THE NEW BREEDS?

    There will be three new breeds at the dog show this year. The new additions to the American Kennel Club include:

    Barbet: A medium-sized French water dog in the sporting group, the Barbet was used to locate, flush and retrieve birds.

    Belgian Laekenois: A dog in the herding group named for Laeken in Brussels, Belgium. These canines have been known to guard flocks in the field as well as act as messenger dogs in World War I and II.

    Dogo Argentino: A large, muscular working group dog that originates from Cordoba, Argentina. The dog was used to hunt big game, such as wild boar and puma.

  • HOW MANY DOG BREEDS ARE COMPETING?

    Overall, 206 dog breeds and varieties will be represented by the 2,500 entries from 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

    Saturday’s events will include group judging of the hound, toy, non-sporting and herding groups.

    On Sunday, there will be group judging of the sporting, working and terrier groups before the top dog is named.

    It all ends with the Best in Show award.

  • WHERE WILL THIS YEAR’S SHOW BE HELD?

    Due to Covid-19 regulations, this year’s Westminister Kennel Club Dog Show will be held outdoors at the Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, New York.

    While spectators aren’t allowed, you can watch the event on Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13 on FS1 with streaming live for subscribers on Fox Now app and Fox Sports app.