Do not blame the dogs if they look a little confused: the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show looks very different this year.
After the show moved to a new date and location due to the coronavirus pandemic, dogs (and their people) who would spend months in other years preparing to compete under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden in February outside and under tents in June. No outside spectators are allowed.
But the new setting is as spectacular as a Saluki and as regal as a Cavalier King Charles spaniel: for the first time, Westminster is being held in Lyndhurst, the Gothic Revival mansion and estate in Tarrytown, NY, once owned by the rowerbaron Jay Gould.
So take in the scenery and the setters, even if it has to be from afar this year. And join us Sunday night for more photos, and a live “analysis” during the prime finale.
“Wait – you said we were going outside this year.”
“Please stand for the national anthem” means everyone, buddy.
This dog has a wow factor. No, seriously, her registered name is Incantodelmondo Wow Factor.
Evan Catterson (12) and Dime, a Brussels clerk, in the Junior Showmanship competition. The first prize is a $ 10,000 scholarship.
Left: Twitch, a cheesy dog, posing for a portrait.
Right: “It was not me!”
All this outdoor competition is exhausting. We need a tent break.
Puppy, big name: this is Kaylen’s Vivid Imagination From MyAngel-Cristall, a Chinese crest.
Bunny, the greyhound, judged the hat for judging.
English bulldogs take part in the annual Winston Churchill-like game.
Emma Stone, an old English sheepdog, left and Quin, a chow chow, posing for their glamorous shots.
Song the greyhound won the best of the breed on Saturday and advanced to the finals for the dog group.
On Saturday night, the first four group winners would be selected. The other three group winners will be selected on Sunday, and then all seven will compete for the best display match in the first-time final.