Belvidere Wheaten Terrier earns 'Best in Breed' at Westminster Dog Show

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NEW YORK (WIFR) -- Updated: Feb. 12, 2019, 2:20 p.m.

The accolades keep coming for the show dogs from Belvidere.

Crawford, a soft coated Wheaten Terrier raised by Kent and Gwen Meyer, has earned Best in Breed at the Westminster Dog Show.

Crawford now moves on to the terrier group competition, which can be watched on Fox Sports 1 at 7:30 p.m. He also has a chance to move on to the "Best In Show" competition.

The couple's Bouvier, JT, took home an award of merit on Monday.


Updated: Feb. 11, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

With the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show underway, one of Belvidere's own earned honors on Tuesday.

JT, a Bouvier raised by Kent and Gwen Meyer, took home an award of merit on Monday. The couple also has a Wheaten Terrier, Crawford, competing for honors on Tuesday.

For the complete list of awards from the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, click here​.


Published: Feb. 7, 2019, 5:10 p.m.

The Stateline will be well-represented as the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show kicks off next week in New York City.

Kent and Gwen Meyer, who own Meyer's Tails Up Farm in Belvidere, are heading to Westminster with two top-winning show dogs.

The first is a soft-coated Wheaten Terrier named Crawford, who was ranked the No. 1 soft coated Wheaten Terrier for 2018. The second is JT, a Bouvier ranked number 2 in the country for 2018.

The dog show features 3,000 dogs from around the country. The family says the dogs are being prepared for the big stage.

"There's coat conditioning, then there's the actual running around and exercise," says Gwen Meyer. "These guys get a lot of really good exercise, they're on a great diet and they've been dogs that have been bred to do something to better their breed."

For the full Westminster Dog Show schedule, click here​.