The foremost dog show in the world, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the second longest continuously held sporting event in the United States after the Kentucky Derby. Established in 1877, the event continues with another installment this year at Madison Square Garden in New York. Last year, a Scottish terrier named Sadie was named Best in Show. Tonight’s coverage of Opening Night features the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding groups. Tomorrow’s Closing Night coverage includes the Sporting, Working and Terrier groups, as well as the naming of Best in Show. Here’s the complete TV schedule and release from USA Network:
The 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Monday, February 14 on USA (8-9 p.m. ET) and on CNBC (9-11 p.m.ET);
Tuesday, February 15 on USA (8-11 p.m. ET)
“The 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show,” presented by PEDIGREE Food For Dogs, will air Monday, February 14 and Tuesday, February 15 at 8/7c. Westminster’s David Frei will be co-hosting with acclaimed NBC Sports analyst Mary Carillo, in his 22nd consecutive year with the show.
On Monday, February 14, USA will air the first hour of the show at 8pm and will then switch over to CNBC for the 9-11pm ET/PT portion of the broadcast. On Tuesday, February 15, USA will air all three hours, including the prestigious crowning of the 2011 Best in Show, from 8-11pm ET/PT.
This year, Westminster introduces six exciting new breeds officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. The versatile Boykin Spaniel, joins the Sporting Group; the athletic Bluetick Coonhound and the courageous Redbone Coonhound join the Hound Group; the robust Cane Corso and the elegant Leonberger join the Working Group; and the agile Icelandic Sheepdog joins the Herding Group
Photo: © USA Network/Jason DeCrow