28 Things You Need to Know about Westminster

Interesting facts about the United States’ oldest dog show that you may not know.

Now in its 138th iteration, the show is such an institution, it predates Thomas Edison’s first patent for “Improvement in Electrical Lights,” the invention of basketball, and the establishment of the World Series. Ahead of this year’s big show, we take a look at the 2014 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, by the numbers.

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1 The Best in Show winner is declared “America’s Dog” for one year following the show

2 Westminster is the second longest-running sporting event in U.S. history, after the Kentucky Derby.


Westminster dog show 1938 Best in Show



3 Ch. Warren Remedy, a Smooth Fox Terrier, is the only dog to have won Best in Show at Westminster three times, with consecutive championships in 1907, 1908, and 1909.

4 For four years in a row, New York has the most entries at 272, while California follows closely behind with 239.

5 In the five years between 1941 and 1945, the proceeds from Westminster went to various charities/good causes.

6 Six dogs have won Westminster twice in a row: a Smooth Fox Terrier, 2 Wire Fox Terriers, a Black Cocker Spaniel, a Doberman Pinscher and an English Springer Spaniel.

7 Seven American Kennel Club Groups compete for Best in Show: Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non Sporting, Herding.

Afghan Hound. Photo by Jack Grassa


8 The Scottish Terrier has won eight times, making it the third-winningest breed in Westminster history.

Scottish Terrier Sadie. Westminster Kennel Club 

9 The Poodle (all three varieties) has won Best in Show nine times making them the second -winningest breed in Westminster history.

10 The oldest dog to win Best in Show, a 10-year-old Ch. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee, a 10-year-old Sussex Spaniel who won in 2009.

 Scottish Terrier Sadie. Westminster Kennel Club 

12 Since the show’s founding in 1877, 12 states joined the U.S.

14 The Wire Fox Terrier is the winningest breed when it comes to Best in Show titles: representatives of the breed have won the title 14 times since the prize was first awarded in 1907.


15 The Working Group has had 15 Best in Show winners in the show’s history.

43 It’s been 43 years since a dog has won two Best in Show titles.

46 The Terrier group has won Best in Show 46 out of 106 times, more than double the wins of any other group.

57 The show has been broadcast on television for the past 57 years — every year since 1948.

English Sheepdog. Photo by Jack Grassa


58 This year’s largest entry is Golden Retrievers—58 will compete for Best of Breed.competing for Best in Breed, the largest entry of the show

88 The Junior Showmanship competition boasts 88 entries.

92/94 For the second time, this year’s Best of Breed judging will be held at Piers 92/94 on the West side of Manhattan.

102 Every year, all 102 floors of the Empire State Building are lit up in purple and gold in honor of the show.

108 A Best in Show title was offered for the first time in 1907 — 108 years ago (the first shows did not have this title).

138 Years since the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was held in 1877.

192 This year 192 breeds will compete in this year’s show, including 2 new breeds added this year.

330 2014 marks the second agility competition at Westminster; 330 dogs will compete, 110 more than last year.

2,711 The 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will feature 2,711 dogs competing for the title of Best in Show.

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