Attention all Pet Lovers: ...................
It will be raining cats and dogs once again this fall when the American Kennel Club® (AKC) returns to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City to host the annual AKC Meet the Breeds® event.
This event promises to be bigger and offer even more canine and feline fun for the entire family. This year, the AKC will join forces with The International Cat Association (TICA), the world’s largest genetic registry of purebred cats, to showcase even more breeds of cats and expand the event space to 160,000 square feet to accommodate enhanced breed booths and activities for spectators.
Sponsored by PetPartners, Inc. a leading pet healthcare provider, AKC Meet the Breeds is the world’s largest showcase of dogs and cats and offers pet lovers a unique opportunity to play with some of the country’s rarest dog and cat breeds while educating themselves about responsible pet ownership and choosing the right pet for their lifestyle.
"The AKC is happy to once again offer the public the opportunity to play with and literally ‘meet’ thousands of dogs and cats, including some of the rarest breeds most people have only read about," said AKC Meet the Breeds Spokesperson and AKC Assistant Vice President Gina DiNardo. "AKC Meet the Breeds will allow animal lovers to play with a 200 pound Mastiff dog that is larger than most New York City kitchens and pet a hairless Xolo puppy all while learning about the characteristics of more than 160 dog breeds."
"We are excited to join forces with the AKC this year and offer animal lovers in the tri-state area the rare opportunity to meet more than 50 breeds of cats including the Bengal, the most popular breed in TICA’s world, during the AKC Meet the Breeds event," said TICA President Vickie Fisher. "This year kids can pretend they’re in the wild and pet a Toyger cat that resembles a tiger but has the same sweet nature as a domestic kitten or play with a Cymric cat, the bunny rabbit of the feline world."
While at the Javits Center, you’ll see demonstrations that will introduce you to the world of events that you can enjoy with your pets and that exemplify the many ways that dogs work alongside people. Make sure to stop by the demo rings, which will be running all day, both days, to experience the fun.
The United States Police Canine Association
The United States Custom and Border Protection
Port Chester Obedience Training Club – Obedience, Rally and Agility
AKC Canine Good Citizen Program and S.T.A.R. Puppy Program
Presentation of the DOGNY Heroic Military Working Dog Award sponsored by Citibank
the Skateboarding Bulldog
Testimonial from an attendee:
Caru, my H(usband) and I attended the "Meet the Breeds" event. It was our first time at a Glyndwr gathering and we really enjoyed meeting other Welsh owners. Sue and Terry were right there and they welcomed us and made sure we understood how the show worked. Ruff and Caru hit it right off, almost too well :)! Guinness was such a proud guy and it warmed my heart to see Tosca at 13 acting like a pup. Ruth and Steve, Terry and Len, and David and myself all enjoyed talking dog.
So, what was the actual MTB like? Imagine a huge room full of people who love dogs surrounded by every breed imaginable. It was simply amazing. Our dogs represented themselves very well. They were great ambassadors. We had people who had never seen a Welsh Terrier to people who were just there to solidify their choice to bring a Welsh into their family. We heard so many wonderful stories. Dave and I walked around during our lunch break and visited with some of the other breeds, we both agreed that we had the best dog for us!!
I'm going to try to answer some of the questions that other people might have about attending. David was able to pull through by the front entrance to drop us off with the crate. Parking is convenient, but pricey. Tosca's mom, Terry and Len were able to find parking for $12 with an internet coupon. The AKC gave each of us $10 for lunch and admission was free. I brought a crate so that Caru had a comfortable place to rest and while we toured the rest of the booths, she stayed behind and napped.
In short, it was a wonderful opportunity for all of us. Caru was able to interact with so many people and children of all ages, great opportunity for socialization.
Thanks for letting us know about this!
Tina, David and Caru