Meet the Breeds is the ultimate dog-lover's convention and being a huge dog-lover, I (of course) attended this year. Hosted by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and The International Cat Association (TICA), Meet the Breeds gives people the opportunity to ask questions to breeders, learn about various breeds and interact with the animals themselves.
With rows and rows of canines, New York City's Jacob Javits Center went to the dogs this weekend. Everyone was well-behaved and wagging to see the thousands of people who gathered. The show featured over 200 breeds of cats and dogs as well as various vendors selling all kinds of pet products. In the middle of the trade show floor there was also a ring set up for agility, obedience and feline demonstrations.
Here are just a few of the great dogs I met:
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The AKC's Meet the Breeds is the perfect place to help you decide what kind of cat or dog you want to purchase or adopt. Of course every animal is unique, but certain traits are more common in certain breeds. Here you get the opportunity to find out what traits best suit your lifestyle and therefore which is the best pet for you.
For anyone in the pet industry, Meet the Breeds is a must. There were a great variety of products to buy from glitzy collars and leashes to lavish cat carriers and accessories. This convention was also the scene for several lesser-known products like collapsible BPA-free water bottles for dogs on the go and moose antler chews for avid chewers. In addition there was no shortage of pet sitters, groomers, trainers and more.
All-in-all, Meet the Breeds is the place to be for pet owners, enthusiasts and potential new owners alike! If you're in the pet industry, be sure to check it out next year.