The 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be held at Lyndhurst on Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13, 2021, with live coverage across FOX Sports networks. Due to ever-changing government restrictions during the pandemic a move to a springtime, outdoor dog show was necessary to uphold Westminster’s strong commitment to the health and safety of everyone who attends.
“Hosting Best in Show at Lyndhurst brings together two American icons, as the Westminster Dog Show is one of the oldest and most beloved sporting events in America, and Lyndhurst is considered one of the finest and most beautiful 19thcentury homes in the country,” said Howard Zar, executive director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation property. “Lyndhurst has a long association with dogs and with dog shows. Four-legged friends, including Saint Bernards, Pekineses, purebreds and rescues have long been residents of Lyndhurst. The Saint Bernard kennel built by Frank Gould still exists on the property, and in our collection, we still hold the wicker dog crates and leashes used by fifth owner Anna Gould, Duchess of Talleyrand, when transporting her pet Pekineses.” In the past, Lyndhurst had a history of working with the Westchester Kennel Club, so, in taking this important sporting event outside New York City and into the open, Lyndhurst is not only an exceptional outdoor venue, but a well-known host for kennel club events.
Westminster Weekend will kick-off with the Masters Agility Championship on Friday, June 11, 2021 followed by the Masters Obedience Championship on Saturday, June 12, 2021. Junior Showmanship, Breed, Group, and Best in Show judging will be June 12 – 13, 2021. For the first time, the Best in Show competition will be televised live on FOX where viewers will get a chance to view the following new breeds: Barbet, Belgian Laekenois and Dogo Argentino.
“We are excited to host the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Lyndhurst, a unique icon of American culture with its park-like landscape and majestic castle overlooking the Hudson River,” said Westminster Kennel Club President Charlton Reynders III. “The wide-open outdoor space at this extraordinary venue allows us to hold a dog show safely while following current social distancing guidelines and public health regulations.”