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Where to watch

Monday, February 15th LIVE
from 8 – 11 PM ET on CNBC &
Tuesday, February 16th
LIVE from 8 – 11 PM ET on USA

Fast Facts

  • This is the 140th year of the show.     
  • More than 2800 dogs compete for top honors.
  • Of those 2800 dogs, more than 190 breeds are represented.
  • There are 3 levels of judging: Breed of Variety, Group and Best in Show.      

9 of the last 9 Westminster Best in Show winners were Purina® Pro Plan®-fed dogs.

The handler or owner of these champions may have received Purina® Pro Plan® dog food as Purina ambassadors.

New Breeds in 2016

  • Lagotto Romagnolo (Sporting Group)
  • Cirneco dell’Etna (Hound Group)
  • Boerboel (Working Group)
  • Bergamasco Sheepdog (Herding Group)
  • Berger Picard (Herding Group)
  • Miniature American Shepherd (Herding Group)
  • Spanish Water Dog (Herding Group)

The Competition

Dogs are judged in comparison to that breed’s Standard, or a written description of the ideal specimen of that breed. Most standards describe general appearance, movement, temperament and specific physical traits such as height and weight, coat, colors, eye color and shape, ear shape and placement, feet, tail and more.

Judging happens at 3 different levels:

  1. Breed or Variety: All dogs from each breed compete for Best of Breed.
  2. Group: The Best in Breed winners then compete against the other breeds in their Group.
  3. Best in Show: And finally, the seven Group winning dogs compete for Best in Show.

The Seven Groups

Sporting: The invention of the gun led to the development of the sporting or gun dogs, to aid in hunting by performing at the direction of the hunter.

Hound: Most of these breeds were developed to hunt somewhat independently for their humans, who usually followed on foot or on horseback.

Working: The Working group includes working farm dogs, police and military dogs, and guide & service dogs.

Terrier: Terriers are feisty, energetic dogs. Generally, all breeds of terriers are very good at hunting for low-lying animals like rats, badgers, and otters.

Toy: Toy dogs are bred for one duty: to be companions to their humans. Many have been bred down from and still resemble their larger cousins.

Non-Sporting: The Non-Sporting Group is literally every breed that isn’t classified as part of one of the other groups.

Herding: Herding is a natural instinct of dogs in this group. Their traditional job has been to gather and move livestock from one place to another.

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The handler or owner of these champions may have received Purina® Pro Plan® dog food as Purina ambassadors.