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Westminster Week Schedule

Times are subject to change.

Saturday, May 6, 2023

  • Masters Agility Championship
    • Preliminaries 8:00am – 4:00pm
    • Finals Competition 7:00pm – 9:30pm 

Agility is a timed competition that tests a dog’s ability to complete an obstacle course following the commands of its handler. Purebred and All-American (mixed breed) dogs are eligible, to compete in 1 of 5 height classes and are judged on time and completion (minus faults) of the course.

Saturday, May 6, 2023 

  • Masters Obedience Championship
    • 8:00am – 4:30pm  

Obedience is a command-driven competition that tests a dog’s ability to comply with the asks of the handler. Commands can include a combination of sit, stay, jump, retrieve and scent discrimination. Purebred and All-American (mixed breed) dogs will compete to showcase the desired skills of a model dog.


Monday, May 8, 2023

  • Breed judging
    • Judging of Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding breeds and Junior Showmanship Preliminaries 
    • 8:00am – 4:30pm

The dogs entered at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show each compete within their own breed to be chosen as Best of their Breed/Variety. There are 212 AKC-recognized breeds and varieties.

Junior Showmanship is a competition assessing the handling skills of children 9-18 years of age independent of the traits of the dog. The competition promotes proper training and care to prepare future generations for responsible dog ownership, sportsmanship, and future success in the sport.

  • Group Judging
    • Judging of the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding Groups
    • 7:30pm – 11:00pm

Once selected as Best of Breed/Variety, dogs advance to compete within their AKC-recognized Group: Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, Herding, Sporting, Working, and Terrier.


Tuesday, May 9, 2023

  • Breed Judging
    • Judging of Sporting, Working and Terrier breeds and Junior Showmanship Preliminaries
    • 8:00am – 4:30pm
  • Junior Showmanship Finals
    • 7:00pm-7:30pm
  • Group Judging
    • Judging of Sporting, Working, and Terrier Groups
    • 7:30pm – 11:00pm
  • Best in Show 

The winning dogs across the seven Groups compete for the ultimate prize. From those seven Reserve Best in Show is awarded as a runner up, followed by the Best in Show selection.

All times EDT