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New York: so good they named it twice!


Stuart Band and Cindy McCarthy

New York is getting prepared for the highly spectacular dog show of the year – Westminster Kennel Club, held at Madison Square Gardens on February 14th & 15th – and OUR DOGS will be there!

Entries have once again maxed out, receiving a massive 2,597 dogs and 128 Junior Showmanship entries, representing all of the 179 breeds and varieties eligible are entered at Madison Square Garden February 14-15, 2011.

There were 112 foreign entries that came from Canada (95), Germany, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, France, Italy, Slovenia, Sweden, and Thailand. Entries came from 49 states, Washington D.C. and Canada. For the first time since 1998.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks have the highest entry with 56 dogs. Other top entries include Golden Retrievers (46), French Bulldogs (44), Vizslas (40), Australian Shepherds (39), Labrador Retrievers (38), German Shorthaired Pointers (36), Pugs (33), and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (31). There were 61 total entries in three varieties of Dachshunds, 40 Chihuahuas (two varieties), and 36 Poodles (three varieties). There are three breeds with only one entry: American Water Spaniels, Neapolitan Mastiffs, and English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim/Prince Charles variety).

The entry includes six breeds newly-recognized by the American Kennel Club that are eligible for Westminster for the first time: Boykin Spaniels (Sporting Group, 16 entries), Bluetick Coonhounds (Hound, 4), Redbone Coonhounds (Hound, 11), Cane Corsos (Working, 18), Leonbergers (Working, 13), and Icelandic Sheepdogs (Herding, 4).

Millions of visitors to the Westminster Web site (www.westminsterkennelclub.org) viewed streaming video of the individual breed judging highlights, judging results and photos.
Best In Show will be judged by Mr. Paolo Dondina of Monterchi, Italy. He heads a panel of 32 judges from 15 states and three foreign countries. In March, Paolo will also judge Best in Show at the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts in the UK.

All of the Group judges for 2011 previously have judged Best In Show at Westminster: Mr. James Reynolds of Nepean, Ontario, Canada (Sporting); Dr. Robert Indeglia of Naragansett, RI (Hound); Mrs. Dorothy Collier of Wellington Beach, FL (Working); Mr. Edd Bivin of Fort Worth, TX (Terrier); Mr. Frank Sabella of Tampa, FL (Toy); Mr. W. Everett Dean, Jr. of Richmond, VA (Non-Sporting); and Ms. Lynette Saltzman of Westport, CT (Herding). Mrs. Linda Pitts of Knoxville, TN will judge the Junior Showmanship Finals.

The Our Dogs team at Westminster include, Stuart Band and Cindy McCarthy (pictured) , Kerry Rushby, Lorna Hastings, Carrie Russell-Smith, and world famous photographer, Lisa Croft-Eliiott. Report and photos to follow soon in OUR DOGS.

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