On February 11th and 12th, top dogs will take the ring at the 2019 Westminster Dog Show, presented by Purina® Pro Plan®. The dogs will compete for the Group First title for the Terrier, Working, Hound, Herding, Non-Sporting, Toy and Sporting Groups.
The Group First winners will go on to compete for the coveted Best In Show title. Want to try your hand at choosing the seven Group winners and the Best In Show champion?
Join us for the game we call “Barketology,” which is like bracketology, but for dogs, and make your 2019 WKC bracket picks with the Purina Pro Plan Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Bracket Challenge for a chance to win $1 Million!* You could also win a daily prize of, a year’s supply of Purina Pro Plan.**
If you need some help with your bracket picks this year, maybe our 2019 “Barketologist”, Nick Lachey, can help. While famous for his sweet harmonies in 98 Degrees and as a solo artist and actor, Nick is also an avid sports fan, particularly of his hometown Cincinnati, as well as a huge dog lover. He and his dog, Wookie, have made their 2019 WKC Dog Show bracket picks.
Nick’s Picks for the 2019 Westminster Dog Show Winners
Nick’s choice for the Terrier Group is the Manchester Terrier. His reasoning: “My wife Vanessa grew up with one and from what I can tell, they haven’t won this Group much, so they’re due.”
In fact, the Manchester has never won the Terrier group since the breed was first introduced at the dog show in 1877.
For the Working Group, the boyband heartthrob chose the Siberian Husky. “I grew up with one named Igloo and she was awesome! Much like my last pick, it seems like a Siberian is due in this Group,” he explains.
Unlike the Manchester Terrier, the Husky does have a championship title. In 1980, he won the working group and Best In Show.
“From the Hound Group, I’m picking the 13-inch Beagle. They have a big voice and are just so damn cute. I like its chances,” Nick says of his pick.
Although the 15-inch Beagle has had several Hound Group wins and two Best In Show wins, the smaller variety has never won.
Nick’s pick for the Herding Group is the German Shepherd Dog. He says, “Luka was my brother Drew’s first dog—and my first nephew—and he was a beautiful German Shepherd. I love the breed.”
The GSD has the most Herding Group wins and two Best In Show titles to its name.
Until now, Nick’s bracket picks have been mostly based on specific breeds in his life. His Non-Sporting Group pick is a little different.
“From the Non-Sporting Group, I am picking the Xoloitzcuintli because I have to hear the announcer say that name. It’s just too good—and it’s a beautiful dog.” The Xoloitzcuintli has never won the Non-Sporting Group.
“In the Toy Group, I’m going Yorkshire Terrier. Wookie is part Yorkie, and nothing would make him more proud than seeing one of his own take the title.” Nick explains.
The Yorkie has five prior Toy Group wins and a Best In Show title, so this might be a smart choice.
Nick’s choice for the Sporting Group is the ever-popular Labrador Retriever. “I may have seen Marley and Me a few too many times,” he explains, “so I’m picking the Labrador Retriever.”
Despite its popularity as a family dog, the beloved Lab has never won the Sporting Group.
Best In Show
The Best In Show winner is the champion of the Group winners. Here’s Nick’s pick:
“For Best In Show, I am going with the Siberian Husky. I am hoping if it wins, Vanessa will let me get one! It’s beautiful, athletic, often has blue eyes…what more could you want?”
Make Your 2019 WKC Dog Show Bracket Picks Today
There’s no science or math when it comes to Barketology! Whether you match your bracket with Nick’s picks or base your selections on the dogs you’ve known in your own life, don't miss out your chance at winning $1 Million!* Don’t forget to tune in to the 2019 WKC Dog Show to see which breed will take home the Best In Show title.