Saturday, 16 February, 2008 7:28 PM
The Detroit Kennel Club Celebrates
100th/101st Annual Shows March 1 & 2, 2008 at Cobo Center
make the annual shows the most valuable resource for dog lovers
The Detroit Kennel Club will celebrate a milestone when its 100th
and 101st shows open at Cobo Center on March 1 & 2. The annual
Celebration of Dogs, proudly presented by Purina, allows visitors
up-close and personal time with breeders, owners, handlers and over
2,500 canines from the 169 breeds and varieties recognized by the
American Kennel Club.
The DKC shows are a 'benched
show,' which offer visitors the unique opportunity to meet with
owners and breeders and learn about breed characteristics, temperament,
care, health, grooming, history and other issues for dog owners.
When dogs are not in the judging rings, they are required by the
rules of the show to be displayed on a bench according to breed,
making it easy for a spectator to talk to several breeders of a
specific dog in the same location. The DKC Dog Shows are one of
only six benched American Kennel Club (AKC) shows left in the United
States (Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Portland and New York).
The American Kennel Club Community Achievement Award was recently
presented to the DKC for successfully promoting purebred dogs and
responsible dog ownership through public education and or legislation
programs and activities.
"It is hard to believe
that these shows started back in 1916," said Detroit Kennel
Club President Erik Bergishagen. "This show exists because
we have very dedicated dog people in Michigan who really care about
The benched format show
is demanding on both exhibitors and their dogs, but worthwhile for
all because of the public support and appreciation. Visitors can
leave with the show catalog containing a breeder's directory that
is a year-long reference for local veterinarians, breeders and show
spectators, and is considered "the local source" for a
good breed referral.
"We have breed clubs
and individuals that have not missed participating in the DKC shows
for thirty-plus years because it is so important to educate people
about the many breeds." Bergishagen adds, "Today breeders
have a new challenge. The new "designer dog" fad has truly
placed reputable breeders on the defensive when it comes to protecting
their lines. Designer dog advocates aren't improving a breed, they
are feeding a demand. The fact is that a breed takes years to define,
and dedicated breeders breed to better the standard, not simply
to have litters. We get calls all the time from people who bought
a designer dog or a puppy from a backyard breeder and are finding
out that their puppy is not well due to an illness that tends to
run in the breed and could have been avoided had the person who
bred the dog been knowledgeable about the breed."
The 100th DKC Show will
take place on Saturday, March 1, and the 101st show will follow
on Sunday, March 2. This year more than 2,500 dogs representing
169 different breeds and varieties are expected to compete for honors
at each show. Four new breeds are eligible to compete at this year's
shows: the Tibetan mastiff, the Beauceron, the Swedish valhund,
and the Plott hound. Show entries close on February 13.
Each day, dogs of each
breed will be judged in different classifications: puppies, novice,
American-bred, bred-by-exhibitor, open class, winners' class, and
best-of-breed competition. Dog breeds are divided into seven groups
(sporting, hounds, working, terriers, toys, non-sporting, and herding).
Competition begins at the breed level and moves through groups to
Best In Show.
Saturday's show will
feature the Best Puppy prize and will be awarded to the best puppy
at breed, group and Best in Show levels. Best Junior Handler from
each show will receive a ribbon. The Best Bred by Exhibitor in Show
Competition will be held on Sunday, March 19 and will award a prize
to the Best Bred by Exhibitor at breed, group and Best in Show levels.
According to American Kennel Club regulations, only dogs entered
in the DKC Dog Shows and assistance dogs are allowed to enter Cobo
Center during show hours.
Make the DKC Dog Shows One-of-a-Kind
The 100th/101st DKC Dog
Shows, proudly sponsored by Purina, are packed full of fun for the
entire family. Special events running throughout the day offer an
entertaining look at the rewarding relationship between dog and
man. No other show in the Midwest brings as many canine special
events, vendors and demonstrations under one roof. Demonstrations
and feature events include:
-- American Kennel Club Agility Trials -- Back by popular
display of dog talent organized by the Sportsmen's Dog Training
Detroit never fails in bringing spectators to their feet as
over hurdles, through tunnels, climb teeter-totters and go
obstacles competing for ribbons.
Times: 8:00 a.m. thru 6:00 p.m. both days.
-- Pet Therapy Program -- The Detroit Kennel Club continues
its support of Children's Hospital of Michigan Pet Therapy
Program. The program started by Dr. E. Bryce Alpern has brought
the comfort and warmth that can only be offered by man's best
friend at bedside to hospitalized children. Times: 8 a.m.
thru 4 p.m. both days
-- New -- Dog Scouts of America -- The Dog Scouts of America
is a Michigan
based organization that has spurred a new trend in vacationing
dog and master quality time together earning badges as rewards
experiences and new skills. Dog Scout troops are popping up
country and participants are meeting for year round activities,
including summer and winter camping and day trips. Badges
earned for canoeing, hiking, biking, obedience, water safety,
pho'dog'raphy, Frisbee, first-aid, community service, travel
household manners and Tricks 101 (just to name a few). To
talk to the
human half of a Dog Scouting duo visit Ring B.
Times: 9 a.m. thru 4 p.m. both days
-- Leader Dogs for the Blind
Since 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind have been providing
dogs to the
blind and visually impaired to enhance their travel abilities.
and see Leader Dogs in action as they navigate sidewalks,
obstacles and demonstrate how they serve their masters every
Times: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. both days
-- Terrier Racing -- Watch 'em run! These steam-powered terrier
will chase a lure down a 300 foot straightaway at amazing
the Motor Cities Fox Terrier Club demonstrates what terriers
love to do
Times: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. both days
-- Michigan Veterinary Specialists -- Animals & Arthritis:
pet age gracefully
This 30-minute presentation by an expert in orthopedic surgery
Michigan Veterinary Specialists (MVS) will help dog owners
mechanics of arthritis, dispel common myths and advise owners
medical options. Attendees will also learn how providing a
rug, pad or pillow to cushion their four-legged friend during
help an aging pet.
Times: Sunday only; 10:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Michigan Veterinary Specialists -- First Aid and CPR
Protecting your dog's health begins with an understanding
first aid techniques. MVS, the Midwest's most advanced specialized
veterinary medical and 24/7 emergency trauma center, will
First Aid & CPR, a 30-minute primer for pet owners. This
presentation by veterinarians will equip pet owners with emergency
action plans and hands-on techniques from how to clean and
wound to what to do if you dog is choking. Heat stroke, eye
poisoning and even how to stop the bleeding of a nail with
household items will be covered. Veterinarians from MVS will
their expertise in these vitally important sessions and answer
questions about what is new in advanced medical treatment
Times: 10:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. both days
Michigan Technical Rescue Operations Team -- MTROT canine
show how dogs use their tracking, trailing and air scenting
capabilities to aid in search and rescue operations. This
prepared to aid in many different types of disasters, including
building collapses and floods.
Times: 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., both
Retriever and Field Training -- Len Jenkins will demonstrate
techniques used in training upland bird dogs including field
work, pointing, flushing and retrieving. Emphasis will be
placed on teaching the techniques, equipment, and attitude
necessary for developing a stylish upland bird dog. Times:
9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:30 p.m.,
2:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., both days
Herding Demonstration -- The Border Collie Society
of America will demonstrate herding using live ducks. Times:
10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m., both days
-- Canine Care Merit Badge -- The Detroit Kennel Club Canine
invites participants to take a self-guided tour of the show
about all the activities on display from canine care basics,
and junior showmanship to pet therapy. Registration required.
Time: Self guided tour of the show runs both days. For more
information and to register go to
Obedience Competition -- Obedience trials test and score a
dog on its
ability to perform a prescribed set of exercises. Dogs can
on three different levels -- Companion Dog, Companion Dog
Times: Ring 1, Trials run both days.
Obedience Trials and American Kennel Club Rally Obedience
-- AKC Rally
is the dog sport that adds a new twist to traditional obedience
competition. The dog and handler team move continuously through
rally course of 10-20 signs with the dog at the handler's
left side. At
each numbered sign the team performs the indicated exercise
moving on to the next sign.
Times: Ring 1, 8 a.m. thru 6 p.m. both days
Breed Seminars -- Local breeders lead discussions at the Information
Booth on the following breeds: Basset Hound, Portuguese Water
Rhodesian Ridgeback, Pomeranian, Weimaraner, Cardigan Welsh
Australian Terrier and Schipperke. Plus, 'How to pick the
will be presented each day.
11:00 a.m. Basenji 11:00 a.m. Bull Terriers
12:00 p.m. Akitas 12:00 p.m. Shetland Sheepdogs
1:00 p.m. Guide to buying a 1:00 p.m. Guide to buying a
purebred puppy purebred puppy
2:00 p.m. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers 2:00 p.m. French Bulldogs
3:00 p.m. Portuguese Podengo 3:00 p.m. Pugs
NEW - The American Kennel Club(R) selected Lake Orion resident
Kelly Santini's as the winning artist in the fifth annual
National Championship commemorative art poster competition.
piece, entitled "Many Faces," is an acrylic painting
laid down over
giclee on canvas and depicts some of the faces of dogs from
artist's year long project called "Painting a Dog a Day."
painted the face of one dog each day for over a year. Her
captured the contest's theme "The Wonderful World of
Santini will personalize purchased copies of the poster in
Kennel Club booth. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Take
a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to providing direct
support and care for all qualified participants in the sport
who suffer from the devastating realities of life-threatening
Times: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. both days
Michigan Gazehound Association - SPECIAL BENCHING SECTION
The Michigan Gazehound Association is a lure coursing club
represents "Sighthounds" and their owners. Bred
for hunting, their
primary method of finding and tracking prey is by sight, relying
combination of speed and stamina to capture its target. Nine
twelve sighthounds will be presented in a Parade of Sighthounds
which a representative from each breed will introduce their
dog and do
a short narrative on its breed origin and utility.
Times: 11 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. both days.
Booths and Vendors
The shows have an Information
Center staffed with volunteers, qualified judges and breeders with
years of personal and professional canine experience. Show participants
are eager to answer questions about their breed and areas of interest.
Trained veterinarians from Michigan State University will be on
hand to answer questions and canine friendly organizations such
as REGAP (Retired Greyhounds as Pets), and a number of breed rescue
groups continue to be active participants in the shows.
Vendors come from across
the US and Canada to exhibit their wares at over 100 retail booths
offering pet supplies, unique gift items, canine art, and items
of related interest.
Hours and Ticket Prices
Tickets are $12 for adults
and $8 for children (under 12) and senior citizens (60 and over).
Family packs (2 adults, 3 children) are also on sale for $35. Tickets
will be sold separately for each show and are good only for that
day's show. Group rates are available by calling (248) 540-5206.
Show hours: Dogs will
be on display to the public and demonstrations will run from 9:00
AM to 5:00 PM. Best in Show will go into the ring approximately
6:00 PM each day. Tickets are available at the door. For more information
call 248-DKC-SHOW [(248) 352-7469], or online at www.detroitkennelclub.com.
Source: The Detroit