Were you bored by the Rams and the Patriots? If you’d prefer soulful eyes, lustrous coats and an elegant gait, the Super Bowl of the dog world is here — the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Whether you want to have your dog’s breed compete or want a play-by-play of the action, here is our guide to the 143rd Westminster dog show.
The main dog show will air on FS1 (Fox Sports 1) from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 12. But some other activities precede the main event — for more on those, see below. Best in show will be awarded at the end of the competition on Tuesday, February 12. Whichever dog is chosen to have competition from six other groups.
Here’s a brief overview of how that works: the seven Westminster categories are designated by the American Kennel Club’s classification of various breeds into herding, hound, working, sporting, non-sporting, toy and terrier groups. After dogs compete for best of breed on both Monday and Tuesday, the winner of each of those larger groups advances to the final Westminster.
Find FS1 (live TV here) on your TV with this channel finder. (Providers: Verizon Fios, Comcast Xfinity, Optimum / Altice, AT & T U-verse, Spectrum / Charter, DIRECTV, Dish) Judges of individual races, the Masters Obedience Championship and juvenile exhibition preliminaries will be broadcast from 8 a.m. at 5 p.m. Monday, February 11 and 8 a.m. at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12 on the Westminster website, as well as on Fox Sports Go.
The Westminster website (westminsterkennelclub.org) will also have videos on demand starting at 10 a.m. The non-sporting, dog, toy and grazing breeds are on Monday, and the sports, terrier and labor races on Tuesday.
The obedience championship, along with the competition of some races and the juvenile exhibition preliminaries, will also be aired on Nat Geo Wild from 1 to 4 p.m. February 11 and 12