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Westminster Dog Show prize money: How much do the winners make in 2021?


A trip to the Westminster Dog Show is an expensive endeavor. 

Most show dogs will cost at least $1,000. Owners will spend $250,000 for the handling, grooming, promotion and travel for the dog. 

That cost could buy owners nearly 20,000 bags of most dog treats. 

But how much could owners and their dogs make by winning the Westminster Dog Show, one of the most prestigious dog show in the U.S.? 

We break it down below: 

Westminster Dog Show purse 2021

Dog shows might cost a lot to participate, but few net the owners any money. 

The Westminster Dog Show is one of those that does not offer cash prizes for winners. Dogs instead receive belly scratches. Owners get Instagram clout. 

How much does the Best in Show winner make? 

Looking to make some money by entering your dog in the Westminster Dog Show? Best look at some other options. 

The winner will not be taking home any cash from being named Best in Show. Neither will their owner. The American Kennel Club National Championship rewards $50,000 to the dogs that take home Best in Show there. 

Who won the Westminster Dog Show in 2020? 

Siba the Standard Poodle won the Westminster Dog Show last year. Siba is owned by Connie S. Unger and in winning last year became the first standard poodle to win Best in Show since 1991. 

How much does it cost to enter a dog in the Westminster Dog Show? 

According to a report from Yahoo! Finance, it will cost owners $100 to enter their dog in the Westminster Dog Show. The cost to make sure dogs are ready for the show goes well beyond just the entry fee, however. 

How much is a ticket to the Westminster Dog Show? 

In a normal year, tickets range in price from $22 for adults and $10 for kids, up to $65 for a reserved spot at Madison Square Garden. However, due to New York’s coronavirus restrictions, there will be no spectators allowed, the Westminster Kennel Club announced, and instead of being held at MSG, it will be outdoors at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York. Only exhibitors will be given tickets to the show.




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