Sport Participation keeps the tradition of dog shows, agility trials, and obedience competitions thriving in a contemporary world. These events are many things—family-friendly sports, athletic canine competitions, a deepening of the canine-human bond—but historically dog shows began, and continue to this day, to help support our sport. Introducing and keeping people involved in the sport creates more charitable giving opportunities.
- Beginning in 2010, Junior Showmanship Scholarship Awards have been awarded to the eight junior showmanship finalists, totaling $208,000 to date. These junior exhibitors who can be between the ages of 9-18 receive award amount based on their placements for their use in post-secondary schooling for the college or technical school of their choice.
- Beginning in 2018, the club has provided donations to training clubs to honor the winners of the Masters Agility Championship and the Masters Obedience Championship. To date, the recipients include the Agility Dog Club of Chino, Morris Hills Dog Training Club, Inc., Krusin Kanines of Perkasie, Inc., Nutmeg Border Collie Club, Go Dogs, Inc., Licking River Kennel Club, Agility Canines of Southern Indiana and the Portchester Obedience Training Club.
- Starting in 2019, Westminster offers support to the AKC European Junior Agility Team. This support of young people who participate in the sport of agility continues the legacy of promoting family-friendly dog sports. The annual award will help cover travel expenses as the team represents the U.S. in international dog agility competition.
- Helping people in need in the sport is another way Westminster gives back to the community. Donations have gone to organizations dedicated to helping fanciers such as the Professional Handlers Association, Dog Fanciers Club of America, Owner Handlers Association of America, and Take The Lead.
Community Support is another tradition of the Westminster Kennel Club. From 2011 to 2018, the club worked with New York City-based art schools, PRATT Institute, and the New York Academy of Art to host an annual art contest (See past poster winners here) . The winning art became the commemorative poster for the dog show, and the finalists' artwork appeared on notecards. Proceeds from the sales of the posters are donated to some of the Charities listed here.
Westminster has been a longtime supporter of the AKC Museum of the Dog and other non-profits organizations dedicated to the history and heritage of purebred dogs.