AKC Hosts Meet the Breeds in New York City

Think you have to wait until the start of the Westminster Dog Show on Monday to get your fix of cute canines? Then we have a surprise for you!

This Saturday, the American Kennel Club hosts its sixth year of Meet the Breeds, a hands-on event where dog lovers can meet and interact with more than 150 breeds. It's happening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pier 92 in New York City and this year, the event is part of Westminster Week. If you are in town, tickets for Meet the Breeds are $20 for adults in advance ($25 at the door) and $10 for children under 12.

In addition to seeing the delightful booths celebrating the fascinating heritage of each breed, we can't wait to get a glimpse of the Coton de Tulear and Wirehaired Vizsla, the two dog breeds competing for the first time at Westminster this year.

Check out this video we filmed a couple of years ago to get a taste of the action.

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AKC Hosts Meet the Breeds in New York City

Those who attended in the past to see the cats may be disappointed to hear that there won't be any cat breeds at this year's event. But don't worry — you can relive the feline fun with the photo gallery below.

The Haute Kitty CATure Feline Fashion Show

Chic Cats at Meet the Breeds Cat Fashion Show

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Cat Chic

America's most fashionable felines worked the runway at the third annual AKC Meet the Breeds event at the Javits Center in New York City. The unusual (yet chic) event was sponsored by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and The International Cat Association (TICA) and featured cats of all sizes and breeds. The designer duds are creations of Carla Reiss from Meow Wear.

Edward Cullen Cat Meet the Breeds Cat Fashion Show

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Edward Cullen

A Sphynx named Baldwinner struts the runway as Edward Cullen from the Twilight movie series. Baldwinner's wig is fashioned from a human-hair wig.

Munchkin from the Land of Oz Meet the Breeds Cat Fashion Show

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From the Land of Oz

This Munchkin cat is dressed as a member of the Lollipop Guild from The Wizard of Oz. Of course.

Pirate Cat at Meet the Breeds Cat Fashion Show

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Pirate or Purr-rate?

This fuzzy pirate might not like the water much, but he sure is cute in this feathered hat.

Asian-Inspired cat at Meet the Breeds cat fashion show

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From the Far East

A kitty pauses on the catwalk so the crowd can get a good look at the Asian-inspired attire.

Kitty in a Blue Dress at Meet the Breeds Cat Fashion Show

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Kitty in a Blue Dress

This diva poses for the cameras in a fancy blue dress and matching hat. Meow Wear designer Carla Reiss has been designing soft toys, doll costumes, pet apparel and commercial sewing patterns for more than 20 years.

Cat Rocking a Top Hat at Meet the Breeds Cat Fashion Show

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A Formal Affair

One feline model showcases more formal kitty attire: a top hat adorned with sequins. Perfect for all of your cat's black-tie events.

Cat Rockstar at Meet the Breeds Cat Fashion Show

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Rock Star

Meet the Breeds features more than 50 breeds of cats and gives animal lovers the opportunity to interact with and learn about all kinds of breeds, like this well-dressed kitty.

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