Queens, NY–The Westminster Kennel Club, established in 1877, is America’s oldest organization in the US, second only to the Kentucky Derby. It is committed to the sport of dogs. The Kennel Club hosts the prestigious, all-breed Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the second-longest, continuously held sporting event in the country, and since 1948, the longest nationally televised live dog show.
The annual dog show—a conformation competition for purebred dogs—the Masters Agility Championship and Masters Obedience Championship— where all canine from all backgrounds are eligible to compete. The Westminster Week with nearly 3,000 dogs from around the globe making it extraordinary experience for any dog lover.
The show has captivated canine enthusiasts for more than a century. The Club’s mission, which enhances the lives of all dogs, celebrates the companionship of dogs, promotes responsible dog ownership, and breed preservation.
Buddy Holly, the petit basset griffon Vendéen was named best in show at the 147 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show – the first of his his breed to claim the prestigious contest’s top prize, beating out the other six canine finalists and their handlers.
The PBGV, who earlier Tuesday won the hound group, charmed judges with his confidence and easy going demeanor.
PBGVs, as they’re known for short, are the 154th most prevalent purebreds in the country, according to recent American Kennel Club rankings.
“He’s just everything a PBGV should be hardheaded, stubborn, happy,” Janice Hayes, Buddy Holly’s handler, said after the canine won the show. “He moves just so easily, and we are just so proud of him.” He is the “epitome of a show dog,” she said.