The Westminster Dog Show 2023 is a dog conformation show, with separate agility and obedience competitions. “Conformation” is how well the dog meets breed standards.
Founded in 1877, it’s the second oldest sporting competition in the United States. The Westminster Dog Show entered popular culture through the 2000 comic documentary, “Best in Show.”
Westminster Dog Show 2023
The Westminster Dog Show 2023 moves to spring at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens. The Agility and Obedience Championships are Saturday, May 6, 2023 from 8am – 9:30pm and 8am – 4:30pm respectively. Breed, Group and Showmanship competitions are Monday-Tuesday, May 8-9, 2023 from 8am – 11pm. The climax is Best in Show. 🇨🇩🇨🇺🇫🇷🇮🇹🇲🇽🇵🇹🇿🇦🇪🇸🇿🇼
For tickets and more information, visit westminsterkennelclub.org
Latin Breeds at the Westminster Dog Show
There are a surprising number of Latin breeds.
Sporting dogs are hunting dogs.
Brittanys are a bird hunting dog developed in Brittany, France.
Lagotti Romagnolos are an Italian water retriever that is also used to hunt truffles.
Spaniels were originally a Spanish breed of hunting dog. Today there are many breeds of Spaniels.
Spinoni Italiani is an Italian hunting dog.
Hounds are the original hunting dog. Some track prey by sight, others by scent, some use both sight and scent. Some hound breeds are known for their hunting stamina.
Basenji is a barkless African hunting dog from the Congo region.
Cirneco dell’Etna is an Italian rabbit-hunting dog from Sicily.
The Ibizan Hound is a rabbit-hunting dog from the island of Ibiza, Spain. It is a traditional Catalan dog.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is a rabbit-hunting dog from Vendee, a French department (state) on the Atlantic coast near Nantes.
Portuguese Podengo Pequeno
The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno was originally used in the Middle Ages to kill rats on ships. They were brought to the United States by Portuguese families.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a South African hunting dog. Early settlers bred their dogs with the hunting dogs of the African Khoikhoi. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is also known as an African lion dog. Rhodesia is now called Zimbabwe.
The Sloughi is a North African sighthound.
Working Group dogs were bred as guard dogs, sled dogs, and water rescue dogs.
Boerboels are a South African guard dog and farm dog.
The Cane Corso is a large Italian dog bred as a companion, guard dog, and hunter.
Dogue de Bordeaux
Dogue de Bordeaux is an ancient breed of large French mastiff from the Bordeaux region. They are harnessed to pull things and used as guard dogs.
Great Pyrenees is an ancient breed used by the Basque and Catalan people. They were a used to protect flocks of sheep and goats from wolves.
Portuguese Water Dogs
Portuguese Water Dogs are originally from the Algarve region at the southern tip of Portugal. They were taught to herd fish into fisherman’s nets and deliver messages from ship to ship or ship to shore.
The name of the Terrier Group comes from terra, Latin for earth. These dogs were originally used to go underground to hunt rabbits and mice. Today they are mostly companions. Most Terrier breeds are English.
Long Coat Chihuahuas and Smooth Coat Chihuahuas
Long Coat Chihuahuas and Smooth Coat Chihuahuas are Mexican breeds. They are the smallest breed dog. Chihuahuas were originally raised as food. They were also used like live hot water bottles by the sick.
Havanese are the national dog of Cuba. They are descended from the extinct Blanquito de la Habana (Little white dog of Havana). The “Havana Silk Dogs” look like a poodle terrier. They are very good companions.
Italian Greyhounds are small greyhounds that were popular in Renaissance Italy. They were popular with royalty and occasionally included in portraits.
The NonSporting Group is a diverse group of dogs.
The Bichon Frise was originally a Spanish sailing dog, but the French use these friendly animals as a lap dog.
The French Bulldog is a cross between an English Bulldog and French rat dogs.
Miniature Poodles and Standard Poodles
Poodles are considered a French dog, although they may have Germanic origins.
The Xoloitzcuintli or Mexican Hairless Dog is the first dog of the Americas. Xolo ancestors came to the Americas with humans across the Bering Strait.
Indigenous Mexicans believed that Xolos were guides on the journey to Mictlan, the Land of the Dead. They were also considered a delicacy.
Diego Rivera had a Xolo at Casa Azul.
Dante, the dog in Coco, Disney’s Day of the Dead movie is a Xoloitzcuintli.
The similarity between Xoloitzcuintlis and Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, is absolutely striking.
Beaucerons are a guard dog and herding dog from northern France.
Bergamasco Sheepdogs are herding dogs originally from Bergamo in the Italian Alps.
Berger Picards are a French sheep dog from the plains region north of Paris. They have a scruffy mutt-like appearance.
Briards are an ancient breed of large herding dog, originally from France.
Pyrenean Sheperds are sheep dogs from the Pyrenees mountains that divide Spain and France.
Spanish Water Dog
Spanish Water Dogs (Perro Turco) are sheepdogs and guard dogs that were originally imported from Turkey.
See you at the Westminster Dog Show 2023.