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Westminster Spokespersons

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Seán W. McCarthy
Mr. McCarthy has served as Westminster President since 2012.
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Thomas H. Bradley, 3d.
Mr. Bradley has served as Westminster Show Chairman since 2002.
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David Frei
David is the public spokesperson for the Westminster Kennel Club and has been the television voice of Westminster since 1990.
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WKC Logo

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2016 Judges

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Best In Show: Dr. Richard Meen of Toronto, Canada ( Bio | Photo )
Sporting Group: Ms. Bonnie Threlfall of Cary, NC ( Bio | Photo )
Hound Group: Ms. Virginia Lyne of Saanichton, B.C., Canada ( Bio | Photo )
Working Group: Mr. Norman Kenney of Crossroads, TX ( Bio | Photo )
Terrier Group: Mr. Geir Flyckt-Pedersen of Pinehurst, NC ( Bio | Photo )
Toy Group: Mr. Jason Hoke of Madison, WI ( Bio | Photo )
Non-Sporting Group: Mr. Luc Boileau of Lake Geneva, WI ( Bio | Photo )
Herding Group: Ms. Dorothy Collier of Sapphire, NC ( Bio | Photo )
Junior Showmanship Finals: Dr. Wyatt Delfino of New York, NY ( Bio | Photo )

Breed Judges:
Mrs. Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine, Ann Arbor, MI ( Bio | Photo )
Ms. Joy Brewster, Newtown, CT ( Bio | Photo )
Mr. Tim Catterson, New Castle, IN ( Bio | Photo )
Mr. Michael Faulkner, Center Cross, VA ( Bio | Photo )
Mr. Jack Gohde, Toms River, NJ ( Bio | Photo )
Mr. David Haddock, Nashville, TN ( Bio | Photo )
Mr. Blake Hansen of Merritt Island, FL ( Bio | Photo )
Mr. Mark Kennedy, Murrysville, PA ( Bio | Photo )
Mr. David Kittredge, Rochester, NY ( Bio | Photo )
Mr. Carl Liepmann, Flushing, MI ( Bio | Photo )
Mrs. Karen Mammano of Webster, NY. ( Bio | Photo )
Mr. Ronald Menaker, Jupiter, FL ( Bio | Photo )
Ms. Mary Miller, Lexington, KY ( Bio | Photo )
Mrs. Virginia Murray, Island Lake, IL ( Bio | Photo )
Ms. Charlotte Patterson, Destin, FL ( Bio | Photo )
Mr. Norman Patton, Mesa, AZ ( Bio | Photo )
Ms. Barbara Pepper, Swannanoa, NC ( Bio | Photo )
Mr. Richard Powell, Bainbridge, PA ( Bio | Photo )
Mr. Jay Richardson, Elgin, IL ( Bio | Photo )
Mr. Charles Scott, New Castle, IN ( Bio | Photo )
Ms. Judith Ann Smith, Hendersonville, NC ( Bio | Photo )
Mrs. Polly Smith, St. Stephens Church, VA ( Bio | Photo )
Dr. Robert Smith, St. Stephens Church, VA ( Bio | Photo )
Ms. Betty-Anne Stenmark, Woodside, CA ( Bio | Photo )
Mr. John J. Walsh, Athboy, County Meath, IRELAND ( Bio | Photo )
Mr. John R. Walsh, Newbridge, County Kildare, IRELAND ( Bio | Photo )
Ms. Lisa Weiss of Huntington, NY ( Bio | Photo )
Mr. Elliott Weiss, Middletown, DE ( Bio | Photo )

Obedience Judge:
Mrs. Sharon Ann Redmer, Whitmore Lake, MI ( Bio | Photo )

Agility Judges:
Mr. Nalle Jansson of Haggeby, Sweden ( Bio | Photo )
Ms. Kitty Bradley of Boulder, CO ( Bio | Photo )


New Breeds for 2016

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Bergamasco Sheepdog
The Bergamasco Sheepdog is an ancient breed from the Alps. The Bergamasco is a medium size dog, well-proportioned with a rustic, ungroomed appearance. He is a solidly compact dog with a strong, powerful build, boasting speed and agility. His imposing aspect is increased by the thick coat which is one of his typical characteristics and makes him different from any other dog and is formed of long flocks (felted strands made of a triple coat). The coat is considered hypoallergenic and non-shedding. Bergamascos are intelligent, loyal, eager to please, helping to make them wonderful family companions.
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Berger Picard
The Berger Picard (bare ZHAY pee CARR) or Picardy Shepherd is one of the oldest French herding breeds. With World War I and World War II being fought in the Picard's home territory of northern France, the Berger Picard nearly became extinct and is still rare today. The movie, Because of Winn Dixie, introduced America to the Berger Picard but the public primarily thought it was a mixed breed. This delightful medium-sized dog is people-oriented, loyal, and can make a good family pet if properly socialized. Their rustic coat does not require hours of maintenance.
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Boerboel
The Boerboel is a big, strong athletic dog originating in South Africa. They should be well balanced with good muscle development and move swiftly and powerfully with an imposing countenance. Reliable, intelligent and obedient with a strong watchdog instinct, the Boerboel is self-assured and fearless, incredibly devoted and perceptive of the needs of their family. They are protective when necessary without being aggressive in normal interactions. Early, frequent and ongoing socialization is a must for these dogs as they are definitely a strong-willed animal. They are not a dog for everyone!
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Cirneco dell'Etna
The Cirneco dell'Etna is considered to be the result of evolution of the Egyptian "Anubis" on the island of Sicily where it was introduced by the Phoenicians over 2,500 years ago. The breed's ability to survive as a hunter of small mammals and fowl produced an intelligent and extremely hardy breed free of inherited health problems. The Cirneco today is an independent thinker yet easier to train than expected of a sighthound; a good family dog, affectionate and friendly; and requiring minimal grooming. Cirnechi enjoy mental stimulation and excel at performance events such as hunting, agility, coursing, tracking, rally, and more.
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Lagotto Romagnolo
The Lagotto Romagnolo is enjoying a second career as the world's foremost truffle hunting dog. The rustic curly coat which once protected the dog from freezing water, now keeps him safe from thorns and brambles as he searches the forest for truffles, buried deep in the ground. In the mid 19th century, concerned breeders began an effort to breed dogs that would ignore game and to develop the large nose and nasal passages that make him an expert in following scent. Agile in both mind and body, he has the endurance to work all day in challenging terrain and weather.
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Miniature American Shepherd
Developed in the American West in the late 1960''s, the highly active Miniature American Shepherd is a small herding dog of extensive versatility. Formerly known as the Miniature Australian Shepherd, they are are up to 18 inches tall and up to 35 pounds as adults. They come in a variety of colors and are to be presented in a natural fashion, not to be sculpted by scissoring. Whether working stock, navigating an agility course, visiting a nursing home or riding the family couch, this intensely curious and intelligent dog does it with all due diligence and a wicked sense of humor.
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Spanish Water Dog
A medium sized, rustic, athletic breed, the Spanish Water Dog originated in Spain. There they were versatile farm dogs, primarily herding sheep and goats, but also serving as hunting companions and assistants to the fishermen. Their distinctive wooly/curly non-shedding coat may form cords when long. Their coat should always be in its natural state and should never be brushed, combed, sculpted or aesthetically groomed. Their tails can be docked or a natural bobtail. They are loyal, vigilant and naturally protective, and must be well socialized. Because of their intelligence, trainability, athleticism and eagerness to please, they excel at all dog sports and performance events.
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Media Credentials

2016 Media Credential Application will be available in the fall.


2015 Show Photos

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BEST IN SHOW


32 - Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble
Breed: Beagle, 15 In.

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32 - Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble
Breed: Beagle, 15 In.

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32 - Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble
Breed: Beagle, 15 In.

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32 - Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble
Breed: Beagle, 15 In.

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32 - Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble
Breed: Beagle, 15 In.

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32 - Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble
Breed: Beagle, 15 In.

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HOUND GROUP


32 - Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble
Breed: Beagle, 15 In.

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32 - Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble
Breed: Beagle, 15 In.

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Credit: Steve Surfman



SPORTING GROUP


33 - GCH Wynmoor Sweetgrass White Diamonds
Breed: Spaniel (English Springer)

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33 - GCH Wynmoor Sweetgrass White Diamonds
Breed: Spaniel (English Springer)

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33 - GCH Wynmoor Sweetgrass White Diamonds
Breed: Spaniel (English Springer)

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33 - GCH Wynmoor Sweetgrass White Diamonds
Breed: Spaniel (English Springer)

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33 - GCH Wynmoor Sweetgrass White Diamonds
Breed: Spaniel (English Springer)

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TERRIER GROUP


8 - GCH Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie
Breed: Skye Terrier

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8 - GCH Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie
Breed: Skye Terrier

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8 - GCH Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie
Breed: Skye Terrier

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8 - GCH Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie
Breed: Skye Terrier

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8 - GCH Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie
Breed: Skye Terrier

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WORKING GROUP


27 - GCH Claircreek Impression De Matisse
Breed: Portuguese Water Dog

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27 - GCH Claircreek Impression De Matisse
Breed: Portuguese Water Dog

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27 - GCH Claircreek Impression De Matisse
Breed: Portuguese Water Dog

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27 - GCH Claircreek Impression De Matisse
Breed: Portuguese Water Dog

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27 - GCH Claircreek Impression De Matisse
Breed: Portuguese Water Dog

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TOY GROUP


16 - GCH Hallmark Jolei Rocket Power
Breed: Shih Tzu

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16 - GCH Hallmark Jolei Rocket Power
Breed: Shih Tzu

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16 - GCH Hallmark Jolei Rocket Power
Breed: Shih Tzu

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16 - GCH Hallmark Jolei Rocket Power
Breed: Shih Tzu

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16 - GCH Hallmark Jolei Rocket Power
Breed: Shih Tzu

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NON-SPORTING GROUP


30 - GCH Dawin Hearts On Fire
Breed: Poodle (Standard)

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30 - GCH Dawin Hearts On Fire
Breed: Poodle (Standard)

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30 - GCH Dawin Hearts On Fire
Breed: Poodle (Standard)

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30 - GCH Dawin Hearts On Fire
Breed: Poodle (Standard)

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HERDING GROUP


15 - GCH Bugaboo's Picture Perfect
Breed: Old English Sheepdog

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15 - GCH Bugaboo's Picture Perfect
Breed: Old English Sheepdog

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15 - GCH Bugaboo's Picture Perfect
Breed: Old English Sheepdog

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15 - GCH Bugaboo's Picture Perfect
Breed: Old English Sheepdog

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2nd Annual Masters Agility Championship Photos

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Tex
5-year-old Border Collie
owned and handled by Rose Savkov of Long Valley, New Jersey,
winner of Masters Agility Championship at Westminster

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Tex
Winner, Masters Agility Championship at Westminster

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Roo!
7 1/2 year-old Husky mix
owned and handled by Stacey Campbell,
winner of Best All-American (mixed breed)

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Roo!
Winner of Best All-American (mixed breed)

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Westminster Images

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A Yorkshire Terrier relaxing backstage at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Photo credit: Jack Grassa


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Two Doberman Pinschers on the purple carpet waiting to be shown at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Photo credit: Kerrin Winter Churchill


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A Labrador Retriever on the purple carpet waiting to be show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Photo credit: Kerrin Winter Churchill



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CA Pomeranian in the ring at the the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Photo credit: Kerrin Winter Churchill


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A Norwegian Elkhound is offered a treat while being shown in the Hound Group at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Photo credit: Lisa Croft Elliott


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Last year's Best in Show winner, "Banana Joe" is dispayed on the new Madison Square Garden scoreboard during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Photo credit: Lisa Croft Elliott



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The Sporting Group in the ring at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Photo credit: Lisa Croft Elliott


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A Papillon, left, and a Miniature Pinscher say hello during the judging of the Toy Group at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Photo credit: Mary Bloom


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An affectionate moment between a Whippet and her handler, while waiting to be judged in the Hound Group at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Photo credit: Mary Bloom



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A Standard Manchester Terrier in the ring at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Photo credit: Steve Surfman


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A class of Bearded Collies in the ring at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Photo credit: Sandra Dukes


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Sky Best in Show winner 2014
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Sky Best in Show winner 2014
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Kelso Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Winner 2014
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Banana Joe Best in Show winner 2013
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Malachy Best In Show Winner 2012
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Hickory Best In Show 2011
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Sadie Best In Show 2010
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Stump Best In Show 2009
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Uno Best In Show 2008
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James Best In Show 2007
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Rufus Best In Show 2006
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Best In Show trophies
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Empire State Building
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Local Entries

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