"If you're a dog lover or a dog shower, this is a mandatory book."-- The Dayton Daily News
"Hundreds of amazing photographs and informative captions make this book fun and enriching to flip through. The true connoisseur will appreciate the enlightening information be it cultural, or canine, which lies between these captivating pictures."--Dog & Kennel magazine
From the Back Cover
Everyone loves a dog show and Westminster is the ultimate event. Through heart-warming photographs and engaging anecdotes, William Stifel introduces readers to the group of gentlemen who started the Westminster Kennel Club in 1877 and the dogs who meant the world to them. The sport of pure-bred dogs has grown in popularity and this book is a tribute to the men and women who have made Westminster the most positive influence in the sport. They've kept politics and personal whim from tainting any of the events or causing the club to stray from its objective.
Stifel follows the progression of the dog show, outlining the influence that war, political and cultural developments and changes in management have had on the shows, as well as the dogs. Full-color photographs of Best in Show winners and commentary describing these classy canines reveals the true nature of the dog show. Readers will find themselves entertained by the terrific pictures and enlightened by the text, be it cultural, historical, or canine.