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Breed Education

A benched show offers the public an opportunity to meet all the breeds.

Westminster’s dedication to Breed Education is at the forefront of its mission which includes responsible dog ownership—embodied by choosing the right breed for your lifestyle. A variety of Westminster activities and events promote purebred dogs as ideal family companions, fun canine athletic partners, and top-notch working and service dogs. Westminster provides the public with a relevant, trusted source of history and information on dog breeds.

  • Attending Westminster’s Benched Dog Show is a great way to find the right dog breed to match your lifestyle—the most important first step in responsible ownership. An educated owner is better prepared for the challenges of dog ownership and that helps keep dogs out of shelters. This is a unique opportunity for dog owners and prospective dog owners to attend one of the world’s few benched dog shows. In the benching area, the general public can interact with the dogs and speak with the owners and breeders to learn more about the various breeds and their needs.
  • At each year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, junior showmanship exhibitors gather to recreate competition in Dog Show 101. The live narrated presentation by renowned dog show judges explains the purpose of dog shows, how dog shows work, how the public can use them as a way to further their dog breed education, and what exactly the judge is looking for to make their decisions. Video recorded for educational posterity, the video can be viewed on the WKC YouTube channel
  • A televised dog show since 1948, Westminster was the first dog show brought to the American public on television. This exposure of Group and Best in Show competition brought dog breed education to millions of viewers over the past 70 years.  By the 21st Century, online streaming and televising of breed judging have furthered this education.
  • Through the Road to Westminster video series, that appears on social media and the WKC website and YouTube Channel year around, millions of people are reached with WKC breed information.
  • With worldwide media coverage of the Westminster Week events, thanks to 700 credentialed media professionals, education and entertainment experiences continue to be distributed in print, online, radio, television, podcasts, and even films to billions of people each year.
  • To encourage media coverage of dog shows, Westminster sponsors the Dog Writer’s Association of America Walter R. Fletcher Award which recognized a journalist(s) who has consistently covered dog sporting events with a front-row seat in Walter's honor in the press section at Madison Square Garden.