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Tipping the scales at no more than 12 pounds, the Brussels Griffon is a smart, devoted, and sensitive companion.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 his millions of fans around the world.
The dignified Dalmatian, dogdom's citizen of the world, is famed for his spotted coat and unique job description.
Bull Terrier Meet the Breeds
Among the most comical and mischievous citizens of dogdom, the Bull Terrier is playful and endearing, sometimes stubborn, but always devoted.
Lively and alert, the Peruvian Inca Orchid is an elegant sighthound and can be a very good hunter.
The amiable Keeshond is a medium-sized spitz dog of ample coat, famous for the distinctive “spectacles” on his foxy face.
Cirnechi are mild, low-maintenance companions cherished for their loyal and gentle nature.
Akitas are muscular, double-coated dogs of ancient Japanese lineage famous for their dignity, courage, and loyalty.
The Welsh Springer Spaniel, also known as the Welsh Springer or the Welshie, is an active hunting dog with a loyal and agreeable personality.
Curious, lively, and intense but mischievous, the Schipperke is a robust, long-lived companion for whom there is never a dull moment.
Bright and alert, sometimes silly, but always courageous, the Boxer has been among America’s most popular dog breeds for a very long time.
The Otterhound is known for his dense shaggy coat, webbed feet, acute sense of smell, and affinity for swimming.
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.
The Whippet is an amiable, dignified, and gentle soul, but give him something to chase and he’s all business.
The American Eskimo Dog combines striking good looks with a quick and clever mind in a total brains-and-beauty package.

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!
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