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Invitations - 2022 and 2023 Shows

2022 - 146th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Entrants

Conformation, Obedience, and Junior Showmanship Exhibitor Invitation Updates

JANUARY 2022 SHOW POSTPONEMENT

  • A complete refund of all January 2022 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show entries has been done.
  • EACH entry accepted for the January 2022 show will be given “INVITED” status for the purpose of entering the rescheduled June show and will be mailed an invitation with a pre-printed (dog specific) entry form.
  • Breed and Obedience entries are “dog specific.” No substitutions will be allowed.

2022 SHOW QUALIFYING INVITEES

  • There is no change in the respective Qualifying Period of October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021 in determining 2022 show invitations which include: 
    • Top 5 AKC Champion of Record Dogs for each breed or variety based on breed rankings
    • National Specialty Winners
    • Junior Showmanship Handlers
  • ALL Juniors, if they were previously entered or not, will be invited again, regardless of age.
  • ALL previously invited 2022 show conformation entrants who did not enter the January show, will be invited to enter the rescheduled show.

NON-INVITED ENTRIES

  • Following the processing of all invitees who submit valid entries, additional entries will be accepted from non-invited entrants until the show limit is reached.

GENERAL

  • Entries for the show will open on Friday, March 18, 2022 and close on Friday, April 8, 2022 at 3 p.m.  All dogs being entered in the show must have met the requirements for their AKC championship before the entry is submitted.
  • Further details regarding the 2022 show and full instructions for entering will appear in a revised and forthcoming premium list.

2022 - Agility Exhibitor Invitation Updates

  • Agility entry fee checks from January 2022 have been destroyed.
  • ALL entries accepted for the January 2022 event will be given “INVITED” status for the purpose of entering the rescheduled trial and will be emailed new invitations once the date is set.
  • There will be no change in entry qualifications.
  • Entries are “dog specific.”  No substitutions of dogs will be allowed.
  • Following the processing of all those invitees who submit valid entries, additional entries will be accepted until the trial limit is reached. 
  • Further details regarding the 2022 trial and full instructions for entering will appear in a revised and forthcoming premium list.

2023 - 147th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Invitation Qualifying Criteria

Conformation and Junior Showmanship Exhibitor Qualifying Information

  • The invitation Qualifying Period for the 147th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is: October 1, 2021, to September 30, 2022 for:
    • Top Five AKC Champions of Record Dogs for each breed or variety based on breed rankings
    • National Specialty Best of Breed Winners
    • Junior Showmanship entrants*

*Junior Showmanship Handlers will be invited to enter if they have been awarded Best Junior (from a minimum of two competing classes) at SEVEN (7) or more AKC Licensed or Member shows within the above stated qualifying period, and who were at least 9 years old and under 18 years old at the time of each qualifying win.


2023 - Obedience Exhibitor Qualifying Information

  • Invitees include:
    • Top 200 dogs based on OTCH points earned only at AKC Obedience Trials during the qualification period.
    • Winners from the previous year’s Westminster Masters Obedience Championship, the AKC Classic Master Class and the AKC National Obedience Championship.
  • Non-Invited Entry Eligibility includes:
    • Dogs eligible for AKC Obedience Trial Open B and Utility B Classes that have earned the AKC Obedience Trial Championship (OTCH) title prior to submitting their entry for this event are also eligible but will not receive an advanced invitation.

2023 - Agility Exhibitor Qualifying Information

  • The 2023 Trial will be open to dogs with MACH, PACH titles only.
  • Participants must have MACH or PACH titles at the time of entry.
  • Entries will not be accepted without these titles.
  • If entering “PREFERRED,” you must have a PACH title at the time of entry.