The 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the 139th installment of America’s second-longest continuously held sporting event, will again air on CNBC and USA Network, Feb. 16 and 17, respectively.
This year, two new breeds officially recognized by the American Kennel Club will make their debut at Westminster. The additions include the Coton de Tulear, competing in the Non-Sporting Group, and the Wirehaired Vizsla, competing in the Sporting Group. A total of 2,711 dogs and 88 Junior Showmanship competitors were entered this year. Representing 48 states and 14 foreign countries, the most dogs were entered from New York (242) for the fifth year in a row, followed by California (204), Pennsylvania (185) and New Jersey (182). Golden Retrievers were the highest entry breed with 58. Other top entries include Labradors with 56, Australian Shepherds with 43, and French Bulldogs with 41. Last year’s Best in Show winner was Sky, a Wire Fox Terrier.
Two New Breeds Debuting At The 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Opening night on Feb. 16 will air live at 8pm ET on CNBC, and features the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups. Closing night on Feb. 17 will air live at 8pm ET on USA Network, and features the Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups, followed by the 2015 crowning of Best In Show.
David Frei will co-host the event (his 26th year) with Mary Carillo, and Kelli Stavast will be the floor reporter.
The 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show airs Feb. 16 live at 8pm ET on CNBC (opening night) and Feb. 17 live at 8pm ET on USA Network (closing night).
Opening night coverage re-airs on CNBC Feb. 16 at 11pm ET and on USA Network Feb. 17 at 8am ET.
Closing night coverage re-airs on USA Network Feb. 17 at 8pm (PT only) and Feb. 18 at 8am ET.
UPDATE 2/18/15: Miss P, the 15″ beagle, was named Best in Show at the 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (photo credit Dave Kotinsky/USA Network: