The 2023 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is well underway, and it’s known as “America’s Dog Show.” It’s the second-longest running sporting event in American history after the Kentucky Derby, with 147 years of tradition. The event is held over four days, and Monday’s competition is dedicated to judging the hound, toy, non-sporting, and herding groups. Top dogs of each breed will advance to the Best in Show judging on Tuesday night.
Hosted by the American Kennel Club, the beloved spectacle brings together thousands of notable dogs divided into seven categories to compete for the coveted title of Best of Show. This year’s show welcomes Bracco Italiano to compete and make history. He is an ancient pointing breed, native to northern Italy, recently recognized by the AKC.
Over 2,500 dogs of 210 different breeds from 49 states and 13 countries have come to compete at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in Queens, NY, for their chance to shine. FOX will host this year’s event for the first time, and Sports’ Jenny Taft and Jamie Little are onsite for a behind-the-scenes look.
Monday’s competition was fierce for the Hound Group, with ancestral hunting traits on full display. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen’s Buddy Holly secured the first group victory of the night, followed by Pekingese’s Rummy, who secured the second group title of the night. Stay tuned for non-sporting and herding group updates.
Full coverage of the event is available on both FS1 and the FOX NOW and FOX Sports apps from 7 pm to 11 pm ET. You can also play the FOX Super 6 Dog Show Contest for free chance to win $1,000. FOX Sports’ Top Stories of WKC brings you more information and news on the event.