The Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show will be held March 10-11, 2018, at CenturyLink Field Event Center.

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It’s the year of the dog every year at the annual Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show, but this year calls for extra celebration, since 2018 is the Chinese zodiac’s Year of the Dog. The dog show, running Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, at CenturyLink Field Event Center, is also celebrating its 80th anniversary as the city’s oldest continuous pet event, welcoming dog fans of all ages to the all-breed show with 2,900 dogs competing in conformation, agility, obedience and other events both days.

In honor of the Year of the Dog, all six American Kennel Club-recognized Chinese-origin breeds will be on hand, including Pekingese, Shih Tzus, Shar-Peis, chow chows and Chinese crested.

Dogs of 160 breeds and varieties at the show range from America’s popular breed, Labrador retrievers, leading the pack with 34 entries, along with a variety of other retrievers, Dobermans, Rhodesian ridgebacks, Pembroke Welsh corgis, Rottweilers and other popular favorites. One of the AKC’s newly recognized competition breeds, the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje, a small orange-red spaniel, will be on hand for the first time, competing in the Sporting Group and Best in Show rings. Only about 500 Kooikers (koy-kers), as they’re often referred to, are registered in the United States.

Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show

Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, March 10-11

Cost: $15/adults; $12/ages 62 and older and military with ID; $8/ages 4-14; ages 3 and younger free

Location: CenturyLink Field Event Center, 1000 Occidental Ave., Seattle

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Conformation competition, judged by ideal breed standards with first prize of Best of Show, is the signature event at an AKC dog show. Agility competition is popular with dog owners and show spectators. Performance events include fly-ball and disc-dog demonstrations Saturday and Sunday and herding demonstrations Saturday.

New show features this year include a noncompetitive peewee handling event with kids ages 5 to 9 leading their dogs through a simple handling pattern at noon Saturday; Dog Parkour demo, showing how to use your environment to add jumping, balancing and strength-building to your dog’s walks; and Stunt Dog, a new ring competition for dog tricks Saturday and Sunday.

If you’re thinking of adding a dog to the family, the popular Meet the Breeds area hosts representatives from 68 breed clubs to answer questions and help pick a dog to match your lifestyle. Dozens of vendors selling dog supplies and keepsakes encourage visitors to buy something to take home to their canine best friends.

For more details about attending the show, the2018 Spectator’s Guide is available online with schedules, feature stories, a graph explaining the judging for Best in Show awards and other helpful information.