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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Dog Show

The first modern selected breed dog show was held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, in June 1859. The only breeds scheduled were pointers and setters.

The first all-breeds show in the United States was held in Detroit in 1875, although Chicago, was the site a year earlier of a show exclusively for sporting dogs.

The Westminster Show first opened on May 8, 1877 at Gilmore's Garden (Madison Square Garden) in New York. It was initiated by a group of hunters who met regularly at the Westminster Hotel in Manhattan and was originally a show for gun dogs, primarily Setters and Pointers.

The "First Annual New York Bench Show of Dogs" was such a great success that they added a fourth day to the competition.

The New York Times reported that at the first Westminster Show there was a "fine collection of canines".

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is now a two-day event held on the second Monday and Tuesday in February in New York City and is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the United States behind only the Kentucky Derby, which was first held in 1875.

The Westminster Kennel Club logo

The First Great Terrier Show, precursor to the Cruft’s Dog Show, was organised by Charles Cruft. His show opened at the Royal Aquarium in Westminster, London on March 10, 1886.

Crufts exhibition 1891

Charles Cruft was for many years general manager of Spratt's, the world's first large-scale manufacturer of dog biscuits.

It was in 1891 that Cruft opened the contest to all breeds and used his name as its title. There were 2,437 entries in the first official Crufts at the Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington, London.

Charles Cruft continued to run a further 45 shows until his death in 1938

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