DISCOVER DOGS, London’s biggest event on four legs, is returning to town on 14th and 15th November and this year it will be bigger and better than ever as it moves to its new home in Earls Court 1.
Organised by the Kennel Club, Discover Dogs is moving from its former home in Earls Court 2 to the bigger venue of Earls Court 1, following the huge success of last year’s event. The move will mean that there is even more room to showcase the wonderful world of dogs.
Sponsored by Royal Canin, Discover Dogs is a unique platform to celebrate dogs in our society and educate dog lovers about more than 190 breeds of pedigree dog, which will be at the event for visitors to meet and greet. This year the Kennel Club will be welcoming children under 12 into the doggy extravaganza for free, making this a day out that the whole family can enjoy.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Communications Director, said: ‘Discover Dogs is an important event for the Kennel Club, and dogs in general, as it allows us to reach and educate prospective dog owners about the importance of responsible dog ownership and choosing the right breed for them.
‘Pre-audit estimates showed us that last year’s event attracted more than 26,000 visitors and so the move to Earls Court 1 celebrates the continued success of the event and the love that people have for pedigree dogs.
‘The Kennel Club recognises the importance of the event to the dog buying public and hopes that by offering free entry for children under 12 we can make it even more affordable for a very enjoyable family day out.’
As always health will be at the heart of the event with a zone dedicated to providing information to prospective owners on the importance of buying from a Kennel Club Accredited Breeder and information on the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which has dedicated over £500,000 to dog health over the next two years, as well as raising and distributing funds to many worthy dog causes.
Fun for all
There will be rings packed full of exciting doggie displays and competitions for pedigree and crossbreed dogs alike. Highlights at the event will include the exciting Rescue Dog Agility competition and the Scruffts Family Crossbreed of the Year which will take place on Saturday 14th November. Heats have been held across the length and breadth of the country during the year and the final will be judged by a celebrity judge, to be announced nearer the time. There will also be the Companion Dog Club competition, open for ALL dogs, members are invited to join in the fun with competitions designed to entertain dogs and owners.
For pedigree dog lovers there are the semi-finals of the coveted Kennel Gazette Junior Warrant Winner of the Year competition with the successful entrants going on to the Final at Crufts in March 2010. The National Junior Handling UK Final will also take place on the Saturday, with the winner going through to the International Junior Handling Final at Crufts. In Junior Handling, children aged from 6 to 16 present their dogs to the judge and it is the skill of the handler which is being judged, rather than the dog.
Discover Dogs has cemented itself as London’s leading dog event providing dog lovers with the chance to not only meet hundreds of dogs over the course of their visit but also to talk to expert owners and breed representatives about everything from health to training, agility to grooming. Dogs from all areas of life will be present from those that work as Pets as Therapy and Assistance dogs to Metropolitan Police dogs all displaying their fantastic, often life-saving talents. There is also the opportunity to do some serious shopping with over 100 trade stands selling just about everything you can think of for your doggie friend, canine or human.
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