The Westminster Kennel Membership Canine Present, the largest and oldest occasion within the canine calendar—certainly, the second-longest working sporting occasion in American historical past—is as soon as once more attracting the world’s consideration.
Tens of millions of persons are anticipated to tune into the most recent incarnation of the competitors, which dates again so far as 1877. Now it brings collectively virtually three thousand pampered pooches from all around the nation—and places them to the take a look at.
Although probably the most enjoyable occasion to look at often is the Masters Agility Championship, the place canines weave their means by means of obstacles, probably the most prestigious prize is Greatest in Present. Right here, canines are judged by how intently they conform to the best picture of their breed group.
The American Kennel Membership, which runs Westminster, acknowledges seven classes: Sporting, Hound, Working, Terriers, Herding, Non-Sporting and Toy. The group that has gained least typically is the Herding group—which embody collies and German shepherds. Thus far, two of the world’s hottest breeds—Labradors and Golden Retrievers, each Sporting—have by no means gained Greatest in Present.
Surprisingly, there isn’t a money prize for the winner, apart from the status and breeding rights that may be cashed in later down the road. However between 2010 and 2015, there was one other reward: Winners have been invited to satisfy Donald Trump at Trump Tower after the present. Trump is the primary president since 1987 to not have a canine within the White Home, however his enthusiasm for the Westminster Canine Present tells a unique story. Trump typically posed for a photograph with the profitable canine earlier than changing into president.
The Westminster Canine Present has seen 26 completely different presidents over the course of its lengthy and illustrious historical past, however few can have been larger followers than the present one.
Right here Newsweek rounds up among the finest photographs from the primary day of competitors on the 143rd Westminster Kennel Membership Canine Present.