Competition is intense at the IKC Cluster of Dog Shows and over the course of the 5 day event, five complete shows will take place, with a "Best in Show" winner each day of the cluster. Dogs are judged in a tiered format - first they are judged by Class (with six categories per breed), followed by a Winners Class competition, consisting of winners from the Class judging. Next is a Best of Breed competition with the two remaining dogs from the Winners competition (one male and one female dog). The dogs chosen from this competition (one dog per breed) are then called to compete in one of seven groups (Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding) and the seven group winners then meet in the final competition where one is ultimately chosen "Best in Show." Judges review physical structure, condition, coat, gait, and temperament when reviewing a dog and aim to find the perfect dog of a particular breed. There will be approximately 65 judges from across the country at the IKC Cluster of Dog Shows.
In addition to watching the judging, visitors to the IKC Cluster of Dog Shows can also shop the nearly 150 canine-related vendors offering custom artwork, novelty dog wear, organic pet food, and more; attend educational seminars on topics ranging from pet care to breed selection, and performance events including obedience, rally and agility competitions, and canine demonstrations; visit booths with representatives from non-profit rescue organizations; and interact with the show dogs and their handlers.
Nestlé Purina is the proud sponsor for the 2008 International Kennel Club Cluster of Dog Shows.
2008 International Kennel Club Show
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2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive
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