2013 Westminster Dog Show: How This Year's Changes Impacted the Competition

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IFebruary 14, 2013

Photo courtesy of Westminster Kennel Club
Photo courtesy of Westminster Kennel Club

The 2013 Westminster Dog Show saw a multitude of changes to the competition this year that impacted both those in the show and the ones watching.

The changes made this year helped to raise the stock and awareness surrounding the competition, as the USA Network and CNBC split time carrying the action on television.

So, what changes to the show had the biggest impact in 2013?


Live-Streaming Video

In the past, the WKC dog show was streamed online, but it was on delay, so fans couldn't see the judging in real time.

That all changed this year, as the club provided live-streaming video to its viewers so they could keep up with the competition and follow all of the action from the comfort of their homes.

As we continue to move forward in the digital age, live streams have become a necessity for most sporting events to offer viewing options to fans all over the world, and the WKC followed suit in 2013.

The competition grows each year, and as the show grows, so does its fanbase.

While we're still waiting for the WKC to move forward and live stream the entire event, fans should be at least satisfied with the judging being streamed in live time.

This was an excellent move by the WKC.


The Addition of Two New Breeds

What better way to make the show more enticing to fans than to expand the number of breeds in the competition?

The WKC rolled out two new breeds this year—the Treeing Walker Coonhound (Hound Group) and the Russell Terrier (Terrier Group)—bringing the total number of breeds up to a whopping 187 (via Westminster Kennel Club website).

This is certainly another way to keep the show fresh. I don't know about you guys, but I had never heard of a Treeing Walker Coonhound.

Nonetheless, the debuting of new breeds helps to attract viewers who are sick of seeing the same types of dogs every year.


The Increase of Show Entry Limit

For the first time since 1991, class dogs, or dogs that are not considered champions, were eligible to enter the competition in 2013 (h/t WKC).

With this addition, dogs are able to win further awards, such as Winners Dog, as long as the dog has won at least one major of three points, per the WKC site.

This change adds another dimension to the competition to draw in viewers.

With more awards being given out, the show becomes more interesting to viewers and creates more buzz.


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