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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.
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.
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.
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.
Peruvian Inca Orchid
David Woo / American Kennel Club
TICA
The Cat Agility winner at Meet the Breeds in 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
  • When is 2021 AKC Meet the Breeds? +

    AKC Meet the Breeds has expanded to include new cities in 2021. Cities, dates, and tickets will be announced soon.

  • What COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be in place? Will face coverings be required? +

    AKC Meet the Breeds will follow all federal and local health and safety protocols for each 2021 event. More details will be announced soon.

  • Where do I buy tickets for AKC Meet the Breeds? +

    You can buy tickets online or purchase them at the door. More information on ticket onsale dates will be announced soon.

  • How much do tickets cost? +

    Details on ticket availability and pricing will be announced soon.

  • What do I get with a VIP ticket? +

    All ticketing options and pricing will be announced soon.

  • 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, and this date will be displayed on the ticket. If you would like to attend more than one day, 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 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 once cities and dates are announced.

  • 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 AKC Meet the Breeds events are beloved companions that aren’t for sale or 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 and feline fun, including:

    • Demo Ring featuring dog sports and activity demonstrations
    • 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 options with you.

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