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Brussels Griffon at AKC Meet the Breeds
Tipping the scales at no more than 12 pounds, the Brussels Griffon is a smart, devoted, and sensitive companion.
Lagotti Romagnoli at AKC Meet the Breeds
The Lagotto Romagnolo is also known as the “truffle hunter.” The Lagotto is the only purebred dog in the world recognized as a specialized truffle searcher.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier at AKC Meet the Breeds
The muscular but agile Staffordshire Bull Terrier retains the traits of courage and tenacity. Happily, good breeding transformed this former gladiator into a mild, playful companion with a special feel for kids.
Belgian Tervuren at AKC Meet the Breeds
Lots of hard work and challenging play is heaven for Belgian Tervurens, which are known to be affectionate and possessive with loved ones.
Great Dane at AKC Meet the Breeds
The easygoing Great Dane, the mighty “Apollo of Dogs,” is a total joy to live with—but owning a dog of such imposing size, weight, and strength is a commitment not to be entered into lightly.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi at AKC Meet the Breeds
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi's makeup is perfectly suited to moving cattle, and yet it is so congenial and sweet-faced that it would be a cherished companion even if it never did a day’s work.
Pug at AKC Meet the Breeds
Once the mischievous companion of Chinese emperors, and later the mascot of Holland’s royal House of Orange, the small but solid Pug is today adored by millions of fans around the world.
Dalmatian at AKC Meet the Breeds
The dignified Dalmatian, dogdom's citizen of the world, is famed for their spotted coat and unique job description.
Bull Terrier at AKC Meet the Breeds
Among the most comical and mischievous citizens of dogdom, the Bull Terrier is playful and endearing, sometimes stubborn, but always devoted.
Peruvian Inca Orchid at AKC Meet the Breeds
Lively and alert, the Peruvian Inca Orchid is an elegant sighthound and can be a very good hunter.
Keeshond at AKC Meet the Breeds
The amiable Keeshond is a medium-sized spitz dog of ample coat, famous for the distinctive “spectacles” on their foxy face.
Cirneco dell'Etna at AKC Meet the Breeds
Cirnechi are mild, low-maintenance companions cherished for their loyal and gentle nature.
Akita at AKC Meet the Breeds
Akitas are muscular, double-coated dogs of ancient Japanese lineage famous for their dignity, courage, and loyalty.
Welsh Springer Spaniel at AKC Meet the Breeds
The Welsh Springer Spaniel, also known as the Welsh Springer or the Welshie, is an active hunting dog with a loyal and agreeable personality.
Schipperke at AKC Meet the Breeds
Curious, lively, and intense but mischievous, the Schipperke is a robust, long-lived companion for whom there is never a dull moment.
Boxer at AKC Meet the Breeds
Bright and alert, sometimes silly, but always courageous, the Boxer has been among America’s most popular dog breeds for a very long time.
Otterhound at AKC Meet the Breeds
The Otterhound is known for their dense, shaggy coat, webbed feet, acute sense of smell, and affinity for swimming.
Chow Chow at AKC Meet the Breeds
The Chow Chow, an all-purpose dog of ancient China, presents the picture of a muscular, deep-chested aristocrat with an air of inscrutable timelessness.
Whippet at AKC Meet the Breeds
The Whippet is an amiable, dignified, and gentle soul, but give them something to chase and they are all business.
American Eskimo Dog at AKC Meet the Breeds
The American Eskimo Dog combines striking good looks with a quick and clever mind in a total brains-and-beauty package.

Hundreds of dogs and two full days of petting at AKC Meet the Breeds events. Does it sound like the perfect weekend? An AKC Meet the Breeds event is a true melting pot of nearly every purebred dog you can think of. From the recently recognized Biewer Terrier to the ancient Xoloitzcuintli, you can meet dozens of different dog breeds at an AKC Meet the Breeds event in your area.

While the breeds pictured here are just a few examples of dogs who have attended an AKC Meet the Breeds in past events, they’re just a handful of the kinds of dogs you can pet at an event. You can learn more about breeds in attendance for each event on our website.

Plan Your Weekend

AKC Meet the Breeds events are scheduled around the country in 2023. The full schedule, frequently asked questions, and more information on AKC Meet the Breeds events are available on our website.

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 K-9 unit dog demos along with Agility, Trick Dog, Disc Dog, and other demos (schedule subject to change).

Plan the ultimate dog lovers’ weekend by playing with all the dogs at AKC Meet the Breeds near you.
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