At the Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Shows on
Saturday, November 17th, and Sunday, November 18th, 2007 there's plenty
to see from the first breed judging before 8 AM to Best in Show Judging
at about 5 PM each day. When you’re at the PA Convention Center,
look for signs directing you to a free guided tour of the Show to find
out how dogs prepare, how the competition works and what judges look for
in the show rings. In the meantime, here’s an overview of what you’ll
see at the Dog Shows:
Breed judging -- Each day, dogs in more
than 150 breeds and varieties in the KCP shows are judged individually
according to the recognized standards for the breed.
Group and Best in Show judging -- Breed
winners proceed to judging in the seven groups -- Sporting, Hound, Working,
Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding. Top dogs from the groups comprise
the field for the culmination of the Shows in the main show ring.
Between 2 and 6 PM Saturday, November 17th, TV cameras will film the group
and best in show competition for The
National Dog Show Presented by Purina®, to be broadcast Thanksgiving
Day at noon EST.
Demonstration events -- On Saturday
and Sunday, dogs will show their intelligence and athleticism in a variety
of demonstration events – a perennial delight for dog show fans
of all ages. Check back here for details as arrangements are made.
Junior Showmanship - How do the
top dog handlers get to be the best? They start young and practice hard.
Junior Showmanship matches young dog owners against others their age in
formal but fun competition both on Saturday and Sunday.
Obedience trials - This year,
the Dog Shows have obedience trials during the Thursday, Friday and Sunday
shows. Check out this exciting, exacting test of a dog’s training
in the breed rings during the morning each day.
Benching area -- Visit your favorite
breeds in the "backstage" benching areas, where dogs are groomed
and prepared for their turn in the ring. Pet the dogs, talk with the handlers
and learn about the breeds -- maybe you'll find the perfect addition to
Vendors -- Shop at dozens of vendors
for the perfect gift for your favorite dog, or dog person. Visit the Purina®
booth for special offers on nutritious dog treats that benefit local dog
Educational sessions -- Throughout the
day on Saturday and Sunday, visitors join exhibitors (people with dogs
in the Shows), dog experts and veterinary specialists for programs on
a variety of canine health and training topics. Watch this space for a
schedule of sessions.
Nonprofit organizations -- Get information and literature on the
important work of the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
and several vital dog and human services organizations in the Philadelphia