More than 150 dog and cat breeds and two full days of petting at the Javits Center in New York City on Jan. 25 and 26. Does it sound like the perfect weekend? The annual AKC Meet the Breeds is a true melting pot of nearly every purebred dog (and cat!) you can think of.
From the newly-recognized Barbet to the ancient, playful Pug, you can meet dozens of different dog breeds at the 11th Annual AKC Meet the Breeds. And for those who prefer felines, there will be plenty of cats as well. In fact, for the seventh time since 2011, The International Cat Association (TICA) will showcase many of its 73 recognized cat breeds.
While the 20 breeds pictured here are just a few of the dogs you can pet at the event, you can check out all the breeds that will be attending.
Plan Your Weekend
Meet the Breeds is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Javits Center in New York City on Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26. Advance ticket information is available here. Ticket prices at the gate are $32 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and younger.
If you want to skip the crowds, you can purchase an early access pass for $50 or a VIP pass for $100. Keep in mind that each ticket is valid for one specific day of the event, either Saturday or Sunday, and this date will be displayed on the ticket. To attend both days, you will need to purchase a Saturday ticket and a Sunday ticket.
Bring the kids! AKC Meet the Breeds is specially designed to be family-friendly, helping people of every age learn about responsible dog ownership and purebred dogs. Outside of petting dogs, you can also check out police/detection dog demos along with Agility demos. Don’t forget to meet the AKC Puppy Pack at the Puppy Pack Park. Plus, you can get a free consultation with a psychologist who specializes in the human-canine bond and pet loss.
Plan the ultlimate January weekend by escaping cabin fever and playing with pups. Buy your tickets before they sell out!