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AKC Meet the Breeds returns to New York in 2024, and is a true celebration of nearly every purebred dog you can think of. Who says winter weekends have to be boring? Mark your calendars for Jan. 27 and 28, 2024 when more than 100 dog breeds will fill the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Even better — they’re all there for you to meet!

You can buy tickets to AKC Meet the Breeds now, before they sell out. So what exactly should you expect to see and do at AKC Meet the Breeds?

Dogs, dogs, and more dogs!

Norwich Terriers laying on a table at AKC Meet the Breeds in New York
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Yes, dogs. But not just a few dogs here and there, AKC Meet the Breeds is all about dogs, from Afghan Hounds to Yorkshire Terriers and everything in between. This event will give you the unique opportunity to meet and play with more than 100 different dog breeds and learn about them firsthand from their owners and breed experts.

Have a favorite dog breed that you’ve seen online, but never met? Now’s your chance! See perennially popular breeds like the Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever, recently recognized breeds like the Mudi, and fan favorites like the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Bulldog. Plan ahead and check out the full list of breeds attending.

AKC Meet the Breeds is perfect for dog owners, dog lovers, and families alike. Take this opportunity to play with and meet all kinds of dogs!

Dog Demo Ring Events

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Our demo ring will also feature a full schedule of dogs doing things that they absolutely love to do: work and play. Look for K-9 officer demonstrations, dog sports like agility and Disc Dog, amazing tricks, and so much more. You won’t want to miss a moment of the demo ring action all day long.

Agility is a must-see sport, and once you’ve gotten a taste, we guarantee you’ll be hooked. You might even able to try out the obstacles yourself to get a feel for just how talented these canine athletes are.

Sniff Out Some Shopping

Table with stuffed dog plush, mugs, dog chew toys, dog bandanas, and t-shirts at AKC Meet the Breeds
David Woo/American Kennel Club

Not only will the Javits Center be full of dogs and fun activities, but there will also be shopping for dog gear, unique gifts, and more! It’s the perfect time to find new accessories for your dog or some extra special personalized dog breed swag for yourself. You’ll find a selection of items here that you won’t find anywhere else.

AKC Meet the Breeds Kids Zone

Young boy and girl at AKC Meet the Breeds looking for their favorite dog breeds in a coloring book
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AKC Meet the Breeds is the quintessential family-friendly event, helping kids and adults learn about dogs and responsible dog ownership in the most fun way possible: meeting, petting, and playing with hundreds of happy, well-trained dogs! Our host-emceed Kids Zone gives young ones even more kid-approved entertainment, with puppet shows, face painting, coloring, prize wheel giveaways, agility games, and more!

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