Westminster: it’s not just for purebred dogs anymore!

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For nearly 140 years, the Westminster Kennel Club has closed its doors to mutts, focusing only on the conformation, physical abilities, and skill of purebred dogs. In a big step in the right direction of celebrating and recognizing all dogs, regardless of their pedigree, the WKC is finally opening up it’s doors to mixed breed dogs!

For the first time in the history of the world’s most famous dog show, the Westminster Kennel Club will now be accepting mixed breed dogs into it’s agility competitions. While the entrants in the coveted “Best in Show” awards remain open only to purebred dogs, any dog, from any mix of breeds, will now be welcomed to enter The Masters Agility Competition.

The agility competition held during the Westminster Dog Show is judged strictly on speed, skill, and intellect, not on the appearance or conformation of the dog. The agility competition features a timed course of obstacles, tunnels, weave poles, jumps, and more.

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The competition is now open to purebred dogs, mixed-breed dogs that are registered in the AKC’s Canine Partners program, miscellaneous breeds not yet eligible for the conformation competition, and purebreds that cannot be registered.

The Masters Agility Championship at Westminster will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, between 11AM and 10PM at Pier 94 in New York City.

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