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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.
The Otterhound is known for his dense shaggy coat, webbed feet, acute sense of smell, and affinity for swimming.
Ahead of the breed’s full acceptance into all-breed competition, the Barbet Club of America’s Meet the Breeds booth was a busy place at the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin. Shown here with their dogs, are, from left, Lynn Vogt-Kinsey, Stacy Able and Barb Gresham.
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 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.
The Mastiff booth at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
David Woo / American Kennel Club
The Mastiff booth at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
Akitas are muscular, double-coated dogs of ancient Japanese lineage famous for their dignity, courage, and loyalty.
Curious, lively, and intense but mischievous, the Schipperke is a robust, long-lived companion for whom there is never a dull moment.
The Belgian Sheepdog booth at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
David Woo / American Kennel Club
The Belgian Sheepdog booth at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
The Whippet booth at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
David Woo / American Kennel Club
The Whippet booth at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
Meet the Breeds at Meet and Compete/2019 Westminster Dog Show, New York City.
Peruvian Inca Orchid
David Woo / American Kennel Club
The Welsh Springer Spaniel booth at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
David Woo / American Kennel Club
The Welsh Springer Spaniel booth at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
TICA
The Cat Agility winner at Meet the Breeds in 2017.
The Newfoundland booth at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
David Woo / American Kennel Club
The Newfoundland booth at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
The Pug booth at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
David Woo / American Kennel Club
The Pug booth at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
Winning booth for the Terrier Group: Fox Terriers
David Woo / American Kennel Club
Winning booth for the Terrier Group: Fox Terriers
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.
Winning booth for the Hound Group: Rhodesian Ridgeback
David Woo / American Kennel Club
Winning booth for the Hound Group: Rhodesian Ridgeback
A cat booth from the International Cat Association participating at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
David Woo / American Kennel Club
A cat booth from the International Cat Association participating at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
Mastiff Meet the Breeds
This brindle Mastiff is fit for a princess! The breed is easygoing and responds well to training, which makes it a great sidekick.
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.
David Woo / American Kennel Club
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.
David Woo / American Kennel Club
The Rhodesian Ridgeback booth at AKC Meet the Breeds, Meet and Compete 2019, New York, NY.
2017 Meet the Breeds Mastiff Booth
  • Where do I buy tickets for AKC Meet the Breeds? +

    You can buy tickets in the AKC Meet the Breeds mobile app, or purchase them at the door. You will also find a link to purchase tickets online on AKC.org once tickets are available for sale for each event.

  • How much do tickets cost? +

    At this year’s events, we have more ticketing options than ever before!

    • Adult general admission: $32 in advance / $35 at the door
    • Children (under 12) general admission: $10
    • Children (under 3) general admission: Free

    A 20% discount group rate is available for those purchasing 15 tickets or more. For group sales purchasing both adult and child tickets, please contact us at mtbtickets@akc.org and we’d be happy to assist.

    Early access and VIP tickets are also available for the first time ever! Information on specific VIP perks and benefits for each city’s event will be available once tickets are available for sale.

  • What do I get with a VIP ticket? +

    We are so excited to offer a special VIP experience at our 2020 events. Your VIP ticket includes:

    • Exclusive access to a designated VIP Sponsor Space
    • Exclusive VIP viewing area for the Demo Ring
    • Custom VIP badge
    • Early Access (9 a.m. to 10 a.m.) to the event
    • Separate VIP entrance
    • Fast Pass to AKC Puppy Pack Park
    • Exclusive giveaways and gifts

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

    Each ticket is valid for one specific day of the event, either Saturday or Sunday, and this date will be displayed on the ticket. If you would like to attend both days, you will need to purchase a Saturday ticket and a Sunday ticket. 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 are not allowed at AKC Meet the Breeds events. Only dogs being exhibited or participating in special attractions are allowed to attend AKC Meet the Breeds. Service animals are permitted at the venue in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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

    As exciting as it may be to meet and greet the dogs and cats, please know that the animals at the event are beloved pets that aren’t for sale or rescue. We encourage you to talk with the volunteers at each booth to learn more about each breed so that you can start to decide which breeds may be a good fit for your family. Volunteers may offer referrals based on what you’re looking for. If you decide you want to locate a breed after the event is over, we encourage you to visit AKC Marketplace 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 kids 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 a held at a huge venue full of breeds to meet and greet, but it will be filled with even more canine and feline fun all weekend, including:

    • Demo Ring featuring Police/Detection dogs and Agility demos
    • Meet the AKC Puppy Pack at the Puppy Pack Park
    • Vendors offering gear, gifts, and more

  • 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. Please send an email to our team and we’d be happy to talk about available options with you.

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