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AKC Meet the Breeds 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

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Otterhound at AKC Meet the Breeds
The Otterhound is known for his dense shaggy coat, webbed feet, acute sense of smell, and affinity for swimming.
The Whippet booth at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
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The Whippet booth at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
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.
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.
Akita at AKC Meet the Breeds
Akitas are muscular, double-coated dogs of ancient Japanese lineage famous for their dignity, courage, and loyalty.
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.
Peruvian Inca Orchid
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The Pug booth at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
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The Pug booth at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
Westminster Meet & Compete Bedlington Terrier
Some breeds are a little shy, but not this Bedlington Terrier. He cuddles up with his owner and is not shy about having his photo taken at last year’s event.
Ibizan Hound Meet the Breeds
This fair-furred Ibizan Hound is out to steal hearts.
The Bichon Frise booth at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
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The Bichon Frise booth at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback booth at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
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The Rhodesian Ridgeback booth at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
Hundreds of dedicated breed club volunteers made the 11th Annual AKC Meet the Breeds possible. Here, a Belgian Tervuren owner shows off her dog's affection to Meet the Breeds attendees.
  • When is 2023 AKC Meet the Breeds? +

    AKC Meet the Breeds has expanded in 2023. Cities, dates, and venues are subject to change. You can find tickets to AKC Meet the Breeds events on eTix.

    • AKC Meet the Breeds New York: 9AM – 4PM on Saturday and Sunday January 28th and January 29th, 2023 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
    • Other dates to be announced soon

  • What dog breeds will be at the event? +

    We will do our best to provide an updated list of breeds attending each AKC Meet the Breeds event. These dogs and their handlers are volunteering their time to educate the public on responsible dog ownership. Please note, all breeds subject to change without notice.

  • What COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be in place? +

    All local and federal health and safety protocols in effect at the time of the event will be followed at AKC Meet the Breeds.

  • How much do tickets cost? +

    Ticket prices for AKC Meet the Breeds events will vary by location. All AKC Meet the Breeds ticket options are available to purchase online or at the door.

  • What do I get with a VIP ticket? +

    A limited number of VIP ticket holders can have an enhanced experience at AKC Meet the Breeds.

    VIP Experience (Adult)

    • VIP Badge
    • VIP Priority Seating at Demo Ring
    • Lunch Voucher
    • 10% Discount at MTB Store
    • Gift Bag
    • Free Coat Check

    VIP experience subject to change.

    All AKC Meet the Breeds ticket options are available to purchase online or at the door.

  • Is one ticket valid for both days for 2-day events? Do I need to buy a ticket for each day? +

    Each ticket is valid for one specific day of the event, and this date will be displayed on the ticket. If you would like to attend more than one day of a two-day event, you will need to purchase a ticket for each day you’d like to attend. If you are only attending one day, be sure to purchase the ticket for the specific date you would like to attend.

  • Can I bring my own dog to the event? +

    No, pet dogs (or any other pet animals) are not allowed at AKC Meet the Breeds events. Only dogs exhibiting in a breed booth or participating in demonstrations are allowed to attend AKC Meet the Breeds. Service animals are permitted at the venue in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • How do I get there? Is there parking available? +

    You will have lots of options for getting to the events using public transportation, taxi, ride sharing, or even bike sharing. If you’re driving your own vehicle, parking options for each venue will depend on each venue’s rules and availability. More information on parking will be available directly from each venue.

  • Are the dogs at the event up for sale or rescue? +

    As exciting as it may be to meet and greet the dogs, please know that the animals at AKC Meet the Breeds events are beloved companions that aren’t for sale or for rescue.

    We encourage you to talk with the volunteers at each breed booth to learn more about each breed so that you can decide which breeds may be a good fit for your family and lifestyle. Volunteers may offer referrals based on what you’re looking for.

    If you decide you want to acquire a dog after the event is over, we encourage you to visit AKC Marketplace, the breed’s parent club website, or AKC Rescue Network.

  • Is the event kid-friendly? +

    YES! Dog shows of every kind are a fun and educational activity for the entire family. AKC Meet the Breeds is specially designed to be kid- and family-friendly, helping people of every age learn about responsible dog ownership and the incredible world of purpose-bred dogs!

  • What else can you do at the event? +

    AKC Meet the Breeds is held at huge event venues full of breeds to meet and greet, but it will be filled with even more canine fun, including:

    • Demo Ring featuring dog sports and activity demonstrations
    • Vendors offering gear, gifts, and more
    • Interactive Area featuring games, photo opportunities, and a chance to try out an agility course just like the dogs do (it’s not as easy as you think)! Come make some new memories and test your own agility skills.

    All demo ring activities and presentations subject to change.

  • I want to reserve vendor space or partner with the event in another way. Who can I talk to? +

    We’re thrilled that you’d like to be a part of AKC Meet the Breeds. Learn more here.