Love dogs? If you want to see the best of the best, then head to Philadelphia this weekend for the National Dog Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. It promises to be a weekend of fun, with athletic dog exhibitions and family-friendly, hands-on activities.
Sponsored by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, the National Dog Show is one of the most prominent dog shows in the world, with history dating back to 1879. Nearly 2,000 dogs have been entered to compete in this year’s show, representing 191 American Kennel Club-sanctioned breeds and varieties.
Both Saturday and Sunday’s shows are separate and distinct dog shows with breed group and Best In Show judging for each. There will be Breed, Group and Best In Show judging plus top agility and performance dogs.
Saturday’s show, The National Dog Show Presented by Purina, will later be broadcast nationwide at noon on Thanksgiving Day by NBC.
Out of the thousands of shows that take place across the U.S., Philadelphia’s event is one of three ‘benched’ shows in existence – meaning all dogs will be available to meet and greet the public. Attendees will also have access to exclusive deals on all things dogs, including accessories, bedding, treats and even treadmills. The show, sanctioned by The American Kennel Club, will help the Kennel Club of Philadelphia raise money for a variety of canine-related causes. Prior beneficiaries of The Kennel Club of Philadelphia include Morris Animal Refuge, New Leash on Life USA, Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, The Utley Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
The show will take place Saturday, November 17 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, November 18 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $16 plus fees for adults, $7 plus fees for children ages 4-12, and free for children ages 3 and younger. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door.