Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show, March 7-8, CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle.
Meet a Cirneco dell’Etna or a Boerboel, which you’re not likely to see at your local dog park. They will be among more than 3,000 popular and exotic breeds at the Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8.
Recognized for AKC (American Kennel Club) conformation competition Jan. 1 and showing here for the first time, Cirneco dell’ Etna hounds have been in Sicily for 2,500 years, and the Boerboel, a mastiff whose name means “farm dog,” has long been a working breed in its native country of South Africa.
America’s most popular dogs, Labrador retrievers, lead the way with most entries at the show. Golden retrievers, Papillons, Australian shepherds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Doberman pinschers, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Whippets and Weimaraners are other most-represented among the 1,639 dogs of 156 breeds registered Saturday and 1,595 dogs of 157 breeds Sunday.
Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show
Time: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, March 7-8
Cost: $14/adult, $12/ages 62 and older; $7/ages 4 to 14, ages 3 and younger free
Location: CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle
More info: seattledogshow.org
An unlikely star at this year’s show is Amy Trotter, a young miniature pig that takes obedience and agility classes with puppies at a local training facility, whose story has gone viral with several million hits. Amy and her dog pals perform in a skit at 10 a.m. both days, followed by meet-and-greets and photo ops with fans.
Besides Best of Show, first prize awarded to the top dog judged for ideal breed size, color, structure and temperament, dogs of all kinds compete in obedience, rally and agility demonstrations. Other attractions include performances and demonstrations by the Seattle Police Department Canine Unit, sheep herding, canine dancing, disc dogs and a new feature this year — the K-9 Nose Work Demonstration Team, introducing the newly popular detection-style sport for dogs of all ages and abilities. If you’re thinking of getting a dog, local breed clubs host the Meet the Breed to help select the right dog for your lifestyle.
Only dogs registered to participate in the show are allowed, but you can buy something to take home for a favorite pet from a variety of vendors. Guided tours of the show are available on the hour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days, limited to small groups; sign up at the Seattle Kennel Club table near the show entrance.
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