Are You Ready to Meet the Breeds?
Published on February 09, 2016
Ever wish you could meet all the unusual and fascinating dog breeds that compete at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show? If you find yourself in the right place at the right time on Saturday, you can!
The American Kennel Club will host its seventh annual Meet the Breeds event this Saturday, Feb. 13, introducing dog lovers to more than 100 of the breeds that will compete at Westminster on Monday and Tuesday. Creative booths celebrating each breed’s fascinating history and purpose allow attendees to learn more about the dogs they’re interested in — and often offer a good snuggle or petting session as well! We’ll be keeping an eye out for the seven new breeds that are competing at Westminster for the first time this year: the Bergamasco, Boerboel, Berger Picard, Cirneco dell’Etna, Lagotto Romagnolo, Miniature American Shepherd and Spanish Water Dog.
For the second year in a row, Meet the Breeds is paired with the Masters Agility Championship, and the AKC has coined the duo Meet and Compete. Both events are happening in New York City at Piers 92 and 94, with Meet the Breeds happening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the agility competition taking place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
If you’re in town, tickets can be purchased for $35 for adults and $10 for children. And just because you can’t make it to the Big Apple doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun. The finals of the agility championship will air live on Fox Sports 1 from 8 to 10 p.m. EST.
For a taste of what to expect, check out our behind-the-scenes photo gallery from last year’s Meet the Breeds — it happened to fall on Valentine’s Day, and love was definitely in the air!