140th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show E-Press Kit

January Entry Press Release
February Timeline Release
Westminster Week Schedule
Masters Obedience Championship Sheet
7 Newly Eligible Breeds
TV Coverage of Events
Facts & Figures
Credential Rules & Policies
Social Media Options
FAQ Sheet
Newsmakers / Agility
Newsmakers / Obedience
Newsmakers / Conformation Monday
Newsmakers / Conformation Tuesday

Contact Information

Communications Department

Gail Miller Bisher
Director of Communications

Lisa Peterson
Communications Manager

Westminster Kennel Club
149 Madison Avenue #402
New York, NY 10016

Westminster Spokespersons

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Seán W. McCarthy
Mr. McCarthy has served as Westminster President since 2012.

Thomas H. Bradley, 3d.
Mr. Bradley has served as Westminster Show Chairman since 2002.

Gail Miller Bisher
Director of Communications

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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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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

  • If you are applying for a working press credential, please do so as early as possible and include clips, Web addresses, DVDs of your past coverage.

  • The press room will be restricted to working press only. To protect the working atmosphere, there will be limited food service.

  • We do not offer credentials for photographers assistants, freelance writers or freelance photographers. If you have attended our show in the past, you know that a general admission ticket offers virtually the same access as many of our media credentials.

Download the 2016 Credential Application

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2015 Winner and Photos

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Past Winners

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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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Social Media

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Local Entries

Westminster always has entries from virtually every state and a number of foreign countries. If you would like us to put you in touch with an entrant from your area, contact us above. NOTE: Entries are not made until early December and are not available until later that month.


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