In a major shakeup at the Westminster Kennel Club, which is the premier dog show in the United States, the prestigious show will be moving its 2019 convention, slated for the Javits Center in New York City next June, to Hoboken, New Jersey, with a host of its breed judging taking place in a private estate in Lyndhurst.
The announcement came at a news conference Thursday, along with the first, 34-minute video about what the Westminster Kennel Club is like from 90 years ago, and how the club’s popular Puppy Show was a precursor to its famous dog show.
“The change in venue is in response to the requirements of today’s and yesterday’s dog shows,” said chairman David Frei, the longtime host of the “Today” show and its canine news coverage, with a broad grin on his face. “This is the catalyst for change.”
Westminster will still hold its best in show competition at Madison Square Garden, but will shift its show to the Landmark Chelsea Piers venue.
The Westminster Kennel Club started a move to the Garden in 1983, to use the massive venue for bigger events.