Wednesday, February 17, 2010


We are still on a Westminster high, but we turn our attention to the coming weekend and the real beginning of the dog show year. We know that all the official records are kept from January 1st through December 31st, but the fact is most of last year’s top dogs were still in the ring in January, keeping their game sharp for Westminster. The question is “Who will ride the Westminster Wave out of New York?”

Try the Strawberry Cluster in Lakeland FL

We will have a somewhat light schedule with only seven sites hosting shows. In the Northeast, there are dog shows a la Jenny Craig, two shows in Hartford CT hosted by the Elm City Kennel Club & the First Company Governor's Foot Guard Athletic Association (one of my favorite club names). Down in Greenville SC enjoy a three course weekend prepared by the Greenville, Spartanburg & Hendersonville Kennel Clubs. If you have the leisure time, live large with the Strawberry Cluster, a four show feast in Lakeland FL courtesy of the Sara Bay KC & the Lakeland Winter Haven KC.

Once you head inland, it’s all two day drive throughs. Try Des Moines IA wit the Cyclone Country Kennel Club Of Ames, Camden AR with the South Arkansas Kennel Club, San Marcos TX with the Guadalupe Valley Dog Fanciers, or San Jose CA with the Santa Clara Valley Kennel Club. However, if you are a Toy Dog fancier show up on Saturday in San Jose for the Nor-Cal Toy Dog Fanciers little guy show. The all breed even s will follow Sunday and Monday.

Remember, the limited show schedule means that you are likely to see great dogs at any of these AKC shows.


  1. The Mid-Florid Havanese Club is now licenced by the AKC to give point shows.