Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2021 LIVE: Final dog show results near as Best in Show contenders are named

THE annual Westminster dog show is underway — but not at Madison Square Garden as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced many changes to the treasured canine event.

Results of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show finals — which is being held in Tarrytown, New York — are being determined as three Best in Show finalists have already been named.

Bourbon the whippet, Wasabi the Pekingese, and Mathew the French bulldog were selected as contenders for Best in Show after Saturday's competitions.

Three additional contenders will be chosen on Sunday night — when they will compete for Best in Show.

The 145th Westminster dog show launched on Friday, June 11, and will conclude Sunday, June 13.

The Best in Show is the highest award given at dog shows.

The sought-after trophy will be awarded under a tent outside the Lyndhurst mansion in Tarrytown, not in the sports palace of MSG.

The show also is due to feature four breeds that are eligible to compete for the first time — the barbet, the dogo Argentino, the Belgian Laekenois, and the Biewer terrier.

Read our Westminster Dog Show 2021 live blog below for the very latest news and updates…

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    BULLDOGS LINE UP

    Dog handlers stand by bulldogs during the 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog show.

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    TREATS FOR GOOD DOGS

    A dalmatian receives a snack during the 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog show.

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    BIEWER TERRIER GETS GROOMED

    A Biewer Terrier gets groomed during the 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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    WHERE TO STREAM THE DOG SHOW

    .The traditional Westminster breed show, including junior showmanship preliminaries will are on Sunday, June 13, on Fox Sports 2.

    The competitions will also be available to stream on the Fox Now app and Fox Sports app.

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    RAISING AWARENESS

    The Westminster Dog Show has partnered with Purina and Red Rover's Purple Leash Project.

    The partnership will raise awareness to create more pet-friendly domestic violence shelters across the US.

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    BATH TIME!

    Noah the Bulldog gets groomed at the 145th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Tarrytown, New York on June 12.

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    WAITING IN THE BENCHING AREA

    Adorable Italian Greyhounds are seen waiting in the benching area at the 145th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on June 12.

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    HERE IS SUNDAY SCHEDULE FOR THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW 2021

    The 6th Annual Masters Obedience Championship will run between 9:00am and 4:30pm.

    The 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will run as follows:

    • Judging of Sporting, Working, and Terrier Breeds  9:00am – 4:30pm
    • Junior Showmanship Preliminaries 9:00am – 4:30pm
    • Junior Showmanship Finals 7:00pm- 7:30pm
    • Sporting, Working, and Terrier Groups 7:30pm – 11:00pm
    • Best in Show 

    WHICH DOG WAS THE WINNER OF THE HERDING GROUP?

    Connor, the old English Sheepdog, is the winner of the herding group at the Westminster Dog Show.

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      GETTING READY FOR THE DAY WITH A MORNING BLOWOUT

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      WHICH DOG WON LAST YEAR’S SHOW?

      Siba, a standard poodle, won “Best in Show” at the 2020 Westminster Dog Show.

      The poodle beat out dogs from more than 200 breeds at Madison Square Garden.

      Siba became the fifth standard poodle to earn the honor all-time.

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      HOW OLD IS THE DOG SHOW?

      The Westminster dog show is an all-breed conformation show that has been hosted annually in New York City since 1877.

      Dogs competing in the show are required to be on display in their assigned locations (show benches) during the entire event – except when shown in the ring, groomed for showtime, or taken outside for elimination.

      This type of presentation allows spectators and breeders alike to have an opportunity of seeing all the entered dogs.

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      TIME FOR A TRIM

      A bichon frise gets a thorough groomingCredit: AP
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      WHEN WAS THE FIRST WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW?

      The first show took place at Gilmore's Garden, later Madison Square Garden, in 1877.

      The event was planned for three days but ran one day longer when over 1,200 dogs entered, according to Sporting News.

      The beloved dog show weekend kicked off Friday, June 11, with the Westminster Masters Agility Championship.

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      WHEN WILL THE SHOW RETURN TO NEW YORK CITY?

      The show plans to return to the city next year in 2022.

      This is the first time in its 145-year history that the famous dog competition show will be held outside of New York City.

      The dog show is typically held in February at Piers 92/94 and Madison Square Garden.

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      WHAT CATEGORIES DO DOGS COMPETE IN?

      The breeds are categorized into seven groups: Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding.

      Within breed divisions, the dogs are then divided into categories based on their coat, color, and size.

      The show is the second oldest continuing sporting event in the country, CNN reports.

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      WHAT IS THE BELGIAN LAEKENOIS?

      The Belgian Laekenois is a dog in the herding group named for Laeken in Brussels, Belgium.

      The breed was used to guard flocks and linen set out to dry in the fields.

      The Laekenois later became a messenger dog in World War I and II.

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      CHOW DOWN

      Owner Barbara Becker gives her Chow Chow some loveCredit: AFP
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      WASABI THE PEKINGESE TAKES HOME THE TOY GROUP RIBBON

      Wasabi, an adorable Pekingese, won the Toy Group in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

      Wasabi's entrance name was GCHG CH Pequest Wasabi.

      The pooch is owned by Sandra Middlebrooks, Peggy Steinman, Iris Love, and D. Fitzpatrick.

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      WHICH DOG WON THE HOUND GROUP?

      The Hound Group ribbon was taken home by Bourbon the Whippet.

      The Westminster Masters Agility Championship finals will air from 5pm to 7pm Saturday, June 12 on Fox.

      The traditional Westminster breed show, including junior showmanship preliminaries, will air from 1pm to 4 pm ET Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13, on Fox Sports 2.

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      MATTHEW THE FRENCH BULLDOG WINS NON-SPORTING GROUP

      The winner of the non-sporting group was announced tonight as Matthew the French BulldogCredit: AP

       

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      WHAT IS THE LYNDHURST ESTATE?

      The 2021 Westminster dog show will be held on the lawn at the Lyndhurst estate in Tarrytown, New York.

      Lyndhurst is also known as the Jay Gould Mansion and sits on a 67 acre park near the Hudson River.

      The is the first time in its 145-year history that the famous dog competition show will be held outside of New York City.

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      WHAT TYPE OF DOG WAS SIBA?

      Siba the Standard Poodle won Best in Show at the 2020 Westminster Dog Show.

      The three-year-old poodle's full entry name is GCHP CH Stone Run Afternoon Tea.

      Siba is the fifth Standard Poodle to ever win the silver trophy and the first since 1991.

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      CROWNED PRINCESS

      Princess Aurora, a kesan, poses beside her ribbonCredit: AP
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      SHOW IS NOT IN NEW YORK CITY FOR THE FIRST TIME

      For the first time in its 145-year history, the famous dog competition show will be held outside of New York City.

      Dogs competing in the show are required to be on display in their assigned locations (show benches) during the entire event – except when shown in the ring, groomed for showtime, or taken outside for elimination.

      This type of presentation allows spectators and breeders alike to have an opportunity of seeing all the entered dogs.

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