We all know how New York is home to the ordinary and bizarre. For many reasons, our city becomes the center of the universe for many industries, dignitaries and even animals.

If you are a dog, there is no better place to be than in New York in February. That is, if you can make it. Yes, this city even takes dog shows to a whole new level. And, it’s been going on for 143 years!

The event is hosted by the Westminster Kennel Club, which is America’s oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. Established in 1877, Westminster’s influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-breed, benched dog show held every year at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Today, America’s dog show has expanded into Westminster Week which includes the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster, both held at Piers 94. More than 3,000 dogs entered from around the world make Westminster Week like no other.

That is a lot of dogs and a lot of people. Heck, how many music artists can pack The Garden?! As with many other talents, people (and dogs) bring their best to the Apple!

This year, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show welcomes two new breeds the Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes and Grand Bassett Griffon Vendeéns to its iconic all-breed dog show at Piers 92/94 and Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 11 and 12, 2019

Joining seven Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes, a spirited dog of Dutch descent from the Sporting Group and eight Grand Bassett Griffon Vendeéns, a happy, outgoing French rough-coated dog from the Hound Group are 76 Dachshunds (three varieties), 57 Golden Retrievers, 53 Bernese Mountain Dogs, 48 French Bulldogs, 47 Labrador Retrievers, and 41 Rhodesian Ridgebacks

As you can tell, this is a big deal and it all goes down beginning February 9th. For more information and tickets, visit westminsterkennelclub.org.