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Thousands of dogs vie for Best in Show at New York’s Westminster contest

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor February 12, 2019 13:10

Thousands of dogs vie for Best in Show at New York’s Westminster contest

The annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opened in New York, with nearly 3,000 competitors vying for an array of trophies, including Best in Show, the most prestigious title in the rarefied world of pedigree dog breeding.

This year’s two-day event draws challengers from all 50 U.S. states and 14 other countries, including Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Canada and Japan, at the 143rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, held at Madison Square Garden.

It is the second-oldest U.S. sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby horse race.

The Westminster Kennel Club was established in 1877, before the invention of the light bulb and the automobile, according to the organization.

The show has its roots in New York City in the 1870s, when a group of sporting gentlemen would meet at a hotel bar near Union Square in lower Manhattan to trade stories about hunting and the exploits of their dogs.

One night, the men decided to put on a dog show and they named it after the gathering spot, the upscale Westminster Hotel.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor February 12, 2019 13:10