The dogs take over Madison Square Garden for two nights.
February 11, 2019: On Monday evening competition at the143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show moved from Pier 92 & Pier 94, where the preliminary breed competition is held, to Madison Square Garden, where the group competition began at 7pm. In total 2800 dogs compete in seven groups. Monday evening was the Hounds, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding groups, which will be followed on Tuesday by Sporting, Working and Terrier groups. On Tuesday the seven group winners will compete for the coveted title of Best in Show at Westminster.
Orfeh and Andy Karl, who are currently starring on Broadway in the hit new musical Pretty Woman, kicked off the festivities with The National Anthem. And then it was onto the Hounds, where 34 varieties were represented, with the winner Burns, a Long-Haired Dachshund taking the group’s top prize.
A Havenese, named Bono, was named the winner in the Toy Group, followed by the Pug, and the Yorkshire Terrier. Colton, a six-year old Schipperke with 15 best in shows under his belt, took top honors in the Non-Sporting Group and Baby Lars, a Bouvier Des Flanders, won the Herding Group.
Tomorrow evening winners will be crowned in the Sporting, Working, and Terrier groups, followed by Best in Show, where the winner of the seven groups will vie for the coveted title.
Photography: Barry Gordin