Top Dogs Compete at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Our NYC Hotel welcomes those who come to attend Events in NYC like the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
New York is always a dog-friendly city, but during one annual Event in NYC, the world’s top dogs come to compete for the most-coveted title in the world of dog shows: Best in Show.
The most prestigious of dog shows held around the country every year, The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the competition by which all others are judged. Held every year since 1877, even during the War Years, this NYC Event holds the distinction of being the 2nd longest running perennial sporting event in the country, behind the Kentucky Derby, which was founded two years earlier.
Initially conceived as a show for hunting and retrieving canines, called gun or bird dogs, the show fetched its name from the Westminster Hotel, which used to occupy a space at Irving Place and 16th St. in Manhattan. The hotel was the regular gathering place for elite hunters in the area. It was these sportsmen who founded the Kennel Club bearing the name of their de facto club house with the idea of establishing a dog show.
The first show was held at Gilmore Gardens on May 8, 1877, and 140 years later this Event in NYC is still staged on the same real estate, now known as Madison Square Garden, though today’s shows are bigger, with upwards of 3,000 entries, and they now take place in 2 separate venues.
The Breed and Junior Showmanship competitions are presently conducted at the Pier 92/94 venue along the Hudson River on 12th. At Madison Square Garden, among other categories, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show coveted Best in Show event is presented. It takes judges a full 2 days to evaluate all the entries and decide who will compete in the main categories of the show.
Make sure to get your tickets in advance, as the show is quite popular. Tickets for this NYC Event can be purchased on the Kennel Club website as well as other ticket sellers online. Ticket prices vary so be sure to check the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show website for cost and which events are on which days to make sure you’re there to see your favorite ones.
If you’re coming for this or other top Events in NYC, consider at our ideally-located NYC Hotel. DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan is near dining, shopping, attractions, and more. And, yes, we’re pet friendly!