Dogs are such amazing creatures. They bring so much love and happiness to their human companions, it’s no wonder they are the most popular pet in America, with 36.5% of households owning at least 1 dog, compared to 30.4% owning at least one cat according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
For anyone who loves dogs, now is an excellent opportunity to see over 150 different breeds, in prime form, at the 2014 Indy Winter Classic Dog Show. The show, which is presented jointly by the Central Indiana Kennel Club and Hoosier Kennel Club, takes place now through Sunday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Dogs entering the show as either first-time competitors or non-champions will compete to earn the 15 points required for a championship. Dogs entering the show as former champions will compete in the breed classes which correspond to their respective breeds. From there, the winners compete in the group competitions, with the winner of each group moving on to the Best in Show phase of the competition. But it doesn’t end there.
For the winners, the show has bigger implications, since dogs chosen as Best in Show in their respective breed categories will go on to compete at the Westminster Dog Show in New York City on Monday and Tuesday of next week (February 10-11). The show will be televised on the USA network starting at 8pm (EST).
While the show is fundamentally about the dogs, around 50 vendors will be in attendance, selling a cornucopia of dog-related products, from foods, accessories and services to grooming products, t-shirts and even photography services. Two food vendors will also be in attendance.
This promises to be a fun and interesting show for the whole family. For the dogs that compete in the show, it’s New York or bust.
- What: 2014 Indy Winter Classic Dog Show
- When: Saturday 8am-5pm, Sunday 8am-5pm
- Where:State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, 1202 E. 38th St. Indianapolis