Best In Show: Local pooch to compete in prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Rome has a celebrity who’s making his way to the big city to compete in a prestigious competition.
Falcon the doberman pinscher could get some time on television as he competes in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show which begins Monday in New York City.
At first glance, Falcon looks almost like a statue. He’s been trained to remain perfectly still while being judged and to do exactly as his handler commands while in the show ring. But when he’s not in competition, Falcon is a regal, well-mannered, cuddly, and sometimes even goofy Doberman pinscher whose favorite past times include chasing a laser pointer and eating treats.
To say Falcon’s owner Jennifer Brown’s biggest passion is animals is an understatement. She owns Clippers N’Bows which is a pet grooming service on Kingston Avenue. When Brown was a little girl she recalls watching the Westminster Dog Show hoping to compete one day.
“When I got Falcon, I knew he was something special and that we’d make it to the show,” she said. “Now, he is helping me fulfill a life-long dream. I can’t believe we are going but I am so excited that we are.”
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show which is a high-end all-breed show that has been held in New York City every year since 1877. So many dogs compete that it takes two days to judge them all, award Best In Group prizes and finally a Best in Show. Being a doberman pinscher, Falcon competes in the Working Group.
Traditionally, doberman pinschers were bred as police and military dogs which is why they compete in the Working Group. Judges at Westminster will be comparing Falcon to several other doberman pinschers and other working group dogs.
Brown, who trained Falcon herself, said they have been meeting the rigorous criteria all year in order to compete in the show.
Much of Falcon’s outward appearance is owed to his breeding.
“All I do is trim his whiskers and toenails and give him some light trimming here and there in order to give him his signature look,” Brown said. “He’s a really easy and loving dog.”
In addition to being a show dog, Falcon also goes to work with Brown at the Clippers N’Bows shop.
“He comes to work with me every day,” Brown said, “sometimes we take in dogs from Animal Control and he keeps them company as they transition to their foster homes. He also visits everyone that comes in.”
Brown said she is not nervous about competing.
“I’m just really thankful to go and show Falcon off and extremely thankful for everyone that supported us to get to this point,” she said. “We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response from the community. If anyone would like to watch him compete in real time, I’ll be live streaming from my Facebook page.”
Breed competition at this year’s show will take place Monday and Tuesday with live TV coverage on National Geographic Wild from 2-4 p.m. The evening finals (Groups and Best in Show) will be held at Madison Square Garden and televised live from 8-11 p.m. on Fox Sports 1 on Monday and Tuesday.
For more information about the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, including a full Westminster Week schedule, visit online at www.westminsterkennelclub.org