The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2022 in full swing on Tuesday with the first round of group judging, as four of the seven finalists vying for Best in Show lock in their places.
“America’s Dog Show” kicked off at Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York on Saturday as Bee the Shetland Sheepdog won the highly anticipated 9th Annual Masters Agility Championship.
The competition continued on Monday with the Obedience Masters Championship – a command-focused competition open to purebred dogs and All-American (mixed-breed) dogs – where Willie the Australian Shepherd won the 2022 WKC Masters Obedience Championship title.
With agility and obedience competitions on the books, this was the first group judging night. Judging of breeds in the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding groups concluded on Tuesday afternoon, and the top dogs competed against other breeds in their respective groups to qualify for the best judging of the exhibition 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 Bloodhound for the Hound group.
Bloodhounds are independent, inquisitive and friendly hunting dogs, originally bred to hunt deer and wild boar. The Borzoi, Norwegian Elkhound and Harrier round out the top four Hounds.
Next is the Toy Group, and Hollywood the Maltese is the second group winner of the night.
Maltese are known for their sweet, playful demeanor and unmistakable, glamorous white coat.
To be continued: the non-sporting group, followed by breeding!
Here are more highlights and best moments from Tuesday’s action.
Charlotte Wilder visits the WKC mansion
Assistant Manager Krystyn Hastings-Silver shows Charlotte Wilder the site of the Westminster Kennel Club, Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York.
Charlotte Wilder breaks dog breed stereotypes
Charlotte Wilder talks to dog handlers at the 2022 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show to challenge some stereotypes and confirm or disprove myths.
Charlotte Wilder meets Pippen the Borzoi
Charlotte Wilder meets Pippen at the 2022 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and learns how Pippen’s handler is preparing him for competition.
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