NEW YORK, NY -- It was a Dog Day Afternoon for 18 Boy Scouts from Troop 104, who received a personal invitation from Seán McCarthy, president of the Westminster Kennel Club (WKC), to attend the world famous dog show's Masters Agility Championship and Meet the Breeds events at Pier 92-94 in Manhattan.
The Scouts were able to watch some of the country's op canine athletes race the clock on a thrilling obstacle course at WKC's fourth annual Masters Agility Championship on Saturday. Each competitor follows cues from his/her handler through a timed obstacle course of jumps, tunnels, bridges and other objects.
The Westminster Kennel Club dog show is the most prestigious dog event in America. Each year thousands of breeders, owners and handlers make their way to New York in the hopes of winning this premiere event. Making it to Westminster requires countless hours of training, grooming and travel as they work to earn championship titles, qualifying wins, and top rankings.
Televised annually to millions of homes across the country, Westminster has become "America’s Dog Show." The most-coveted award in the dog show world, Best In Show at Westminster, was given for the first time in 1907. Dogs are categorized into the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, Herding, Sporting, Working and Terrier breeds. Viewers can watch more than 100 breeds compete to be the country's "top dog" in the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday, Feb. 13 and Tuesday, Feb. 14 on Fox Sports 1.