Westminster’s focus on Canine Health pertains to all dogs whether a cherished family pet, a canine athlete, or a displaced dog. Keeping dogs healthy has been paramount to the club’s charitable goals for more than a century.
- Beginning in 1987, six schools participated in the WKC Veterinary Scholarships program: Cornell University, Michigan State University, Tufts University, Tuskegee University, the University of California at Davis, and the University of Pennsylvania. To date, these scholarships total over 4.6 million.
- Westminster supports the health of dogs and, through its donations to the AKC Canine Health Foundation, the club has helped fund canine health research which helps all dogs. Other donations to other organizations such as the Animal Medical Center and the California Dog Owners Coalition have also made a difference in canine health.
- Aligning with leading canine health organizations such as Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and Embark help promote responsible breeding and dog ownership. In 2019 WKC and FOX Sports teamed up with Cornell to produce a video series offering expert advice on canine health issues. The videos were included in the telecast and in Madison Square Garden in-arena programming.
- In 2019 Westminster began a partnership with the American Heart Association to promote the research-based fact that dog ownership improves peoples' physical health and emotional well-being.