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 your family!

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 charities.

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 area.