The Bay Colony Dog Show and Canine Pet Expo, one of the nation's largest American Kennel Club (AKC) dog events, will return to Providence Dec. 8-11.
This four-day all-breed American Kennel Club dog show will be held at the R.I. Convention Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The show attracts more than 5,000 entries, 40 holiday shopping vendors and public service booths, and 8,000 spectators. Pet dogs are not allowed. In addition to "Best in Show" competition at the end of each day, this year's show features canine demonstrations of agility, Frisbee, police dogs, and nosework. Dog lovers will enjoy high-quality holiday shopping and family-friendly weekend activities as a kids' play area, "Meet the Breed" and breed rescue parade events, free coloring books, and a chance to see thousands of the nation's top purebred dogs under one "woof".
Most dog lovers prefer to simply roam the show's "backstage" grooming areas, filled with more than 130 different types of AKC purebred dogs being primped by expert breeders, handlers and professional groomers for their turn in the show ring. The show is a great place to ask questions, learn more about favorite breeds, and talk with professionals in the dog fancy.
A nonprofit organization promoting responsible dog breeding and ownership, the Bay Colony Dog Show and Canine Pet Expo and AKC dog show is managed by three AKC purebred dog organizations: Middlesex County Kennel Club, Ladies Dog Club, and Eastern Dog Club. Proceeds from the show are donated to local dog-related charities. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; tickets are $10 adults/seniors and free for children under 12.
Visit www.caninepetexpo.com for ring schedules and a discount coupon for adult admission.