AKC Meet The Breeds

 

When: February 11th, 2017

Where: Piers 92 and 94, New York, NY

 

 

From Akitas to Xoloitzcuintlis and everything in between, AKC Meet the Breeds is brought to you by exclusive pet care sponsor Purina® Pro Plan®. The eighth annual event gives dog lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with more than 100 different breeds in booths individually decorated to depict each breed’s country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet, all while learning about responsible dog ownership and which breeds may be right for them.  This year, cats make their triumphant return to the AKC Meet the Breeds® event with The International Cat Association® (TICA®), giving animal lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with 35-40 different cat breeds. Event sponsors include AKC Pet Insurance, Motel 6, and Pet Brands.

 

The Westminster Kennel Club and American Kennel Club (AKC®) present Meet & Compete, featuring the 4th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and AKC Meet the Breeds®, brought to you by Purina® Pro Plan®.  This exciting joint event takes place on Saturday, February 11th, 2017 at Piers 92 and 94 in New York City, and gives dog lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with hundreds of adorable dogs at AKC Meet the Breeds® while learning about responsible dog ownership, as well as see the nation’s top canine competitors race against the clock at the 4th Annual Masters Agility Championship.

 

 

“Not only are we glad to again work with the Westminster Kennel Club to bring Meet & Compete to the public, but we’re excited to have TICA back at AKC Meet the Breeds®,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “We’re looking forward to bringing attendees a fabulous lineup of dog and cat breeds to meet while learning about responsible pet ownership and what breed is right for them.”

“Meet & Compete was such a success, and we’re pleased to once again join the American Kennel Club to bring the event back to the public,” said Sean W. McCarthy, President of the Westminster Kennel Club.  “The Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and AKC Meet the Breeds® are a great fit together and we’re happy to provide spectators with a pet-filled day of excitement.”

 

The 2017 event marks the eight AKC Meet the Breeds® and the third year the event joins the thrilling Westminster Week roster.  One daytime event ticket will grant event-goers access to both AKC Meet the Breeds® and the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster.  Attendees will be able to interact with nearly 200 breeds of dogs and cats in elaborately decorated booths that depict fun elements from the breed’s history and talk to experts about each breed, as well as see the exciting Agility competition taking place in Pier 94.

The agility competition takes place all day (Preliminary rounds 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. / Finals 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.) in Pier 94, with the finals being televised on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, February 12 from 8-10 p.m. ET.  AKC Meet the Breeds®  will take place in Piers 92 & 94 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

In addition to the Westminster Kennel Club and American Kennel Club present Meet & Compete on Saturday, February 11th, 2017, Westminster Week events include the iconic 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday and Tuesday, February 13-14 and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Monday, February 13.  All events are presented by Purina® Pro Plan®, which is dedicated to helping dogs of all activity levels excel through performance nutrition and expert resources.

To purchase tickets for Meet & Compete and find additional information about the event, visit www.westminsterkennelclub.org.

 

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Brandi Hunter Publicity
American Kennel Club Westminster Kennel Club
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