Finding a Dog Show

Dog shows offer entertainment, education and the foundation of many friendships to those who participate. How do you become involved? Start by observing a show and talking with participants. Wait to purchase a dog until you have information about the standard of the dog breed that interests you.

Dog registries, such as the American Kennel Club, publish show calendars. Usually listed in a magazine, such as “The AKC Gazette,” the calendar will note the place and date of each show, the judging slate and the superintendent's name. Contact the registry to inquire about shows in your area. Some newspapers list dog shows (try in the classified section under "Pets") in the weekend editions.

Some dog clubs are successful in promoting their shows, and local media may highlight upcoming events. If you're interested in purebred dogs, plan to attend a show soon.


  • AKC Breeder Referral Representative Program 1-900-407-PUPS
  • AKC Show Results 1-900-903-4AKC: Provides recent results recorded by AKC for individually registered dogs.
  • For Further information on AKC-sponsored events: The American Kennel Club, 5580 Centerview Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606.

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