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Live updates, best in show, generating results

Live updates, best in show, generating results

Before the end of the night, the best in the new show will be crowned.

The 148th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will conclude Tuesday night, culminating with the coveted grand prize that selects a winner from the champions in the seven groups — Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding.

Four of the seven group winners have already been decided, with Louis the Afghan Hound winning the Hound Group, Mercedes the German Shepherd winning the Herding Group, Sage the Miniature Poodle winning the Non-Sporting Group, and Comet the Shih Tzu winning the Toy Group.

The Westminster Dog Show is held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.

USA TODAY Sports will have the latest developments during the final night of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show:

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show concludes Tuesday night and will run from 7:30 PM ET until 11 PM, and the event will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1.

A live stream of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be available on FS1 Live And the Fox Sports app. Streaming is also available on Fubo (Regional restrictions apply).

Prior to the Best in Show judging, which will take place at the end of the event, the Sport, Action and Dog groups will be judged.

Dogs are divided into seven different groups: sporting dogs, hunting dogs, working dogs, toy dogs, non-sporting dogs, and herding dogs.

  • Herding Group: Mercedes (German Shepherd)
  • Hound Group: Lewis (Afghan Hound)
  • Non-Sporting Group: Sage (Miniature Poodle)
  • Sports Group: Breed Judging Tuesday
  • Terrier Group: The referee is born on Tuesday
  • Toy Set: Comet (Shih Tzu)
  • WG: Breed Judging Tuesday
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A 3.5-year-old Shih Tzu from Monclova, Ohio, named Comet topped the other 24 dogs entered into the toy group Monday night.

Shih Tzus were first identified in 1969 and bred in China, bypassing the ancient Chinese and Tibetan breeds. Shih Tzus are known in the show ring for their long, flowing coats and the “Comet” was no exception with his gold, white and silver coat.

Essentially, dog shows evaluate what is known as conformation, or the adherence of a particular purebred dog to its breed standards. There are 212 dog breeds currently recognized by the American Kennel Club; These are divided into seven different groups: sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting, and herding.

The dogs first compete among their own breeds to choose the Best of Breed or Best of Variety champion. Judges select a winner who most closely adheres to their breed standards, which are written and maintained by the National Breed Club and later approved by the AKC.

Once all Best of Breed champions have been crowned, they then compete against other dog breeds in their respective groups. The group judges will then evaluate all the different Best of Breed champions to come up with four places, with only the group winner qualifying for judging in the Best in Show category.

All seven group winners advance, and a “Best in Show” judge will evaluate the group winners to come up with a reserve “Best in Show” award – or runner-up recognition – and a top “Best in Show” award.

The 2024 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is being held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York.

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