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Westminster Fun Facts

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114 – February, 2015

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Facts & History Found at

1877 – The First Annual New York Bench Show of Dogs, given under the auspices of the Westminster Kennel Club,

drawing an entry of 1,201 dogs.

The show is such a hit that it is extended to four days to accommodate the overwhelming public interest. The gate for the first day of the show is estimated as high as 8,000. On the second day, 20,000 spectators attended, a number matched on the third day and providing the impetus to add a fourth day.

1888 With her assignment of 117 St. Bernards at Westminster, Anna Whitney becomes the first woman to judge a dog show in America. It would be 1901 before another woman judges any dog show in the U.S.

1910 A class is offered for the first time for Fire Department Dalmatians, won by Mike of Engine Company 8 of 51st Street.

Oldest Dogs To Win Best In Show

2009 – Sussex Spaniel 10 years, 2 months, 10 days old

Youngest Dog To Win Best In Show

1929 – Rough Collie – Exactly 9 months Old

Only 8 Breeder-Owner-Handlers Have Ever Won Best In Show at?WKC!

The Years…

1918 · 1921 · 1940 · 1941 · 1945 · 1957 · 1969 · 1983

1909 Ch. Warren Remedy, a Smooth Fox Terrier, is awarded Best In Show for the third consecutive year, a feat not duplicated since at Westminster.

1989 A red Doberman Pinscher bitch, Ch. Royal Tudor’s Wild as the Wind CD, becomes the first dog with an obedience title to capture Best In Show.

1933 – A German Shepherd belonging to New York Yankee great, Lou Gehrig, is among this year’s entries. “Afra of Cosalta” takes second in the Open Bitch class; Gehrig goes on to some success on the baseball field instead, finishing with a .340 lifetime batting average as one of the most beloved Yankees of all time.

1969 Best Junior Charles Garvin, from Columbus, Ohio.

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