IKC Cluster of Dog Shows

Over 6,000 Dogs on Display at Chicago's Biggest Canine Event of the Year
February 21, 2008 10:18:10 AM PST
The International Kennel Club of Chicago will host the 2008 International Kennel Club (IKC) Cluster of Dog Shows, which draws top dogs from across the United States and Canada to compete for prizes and the coveted title of "Best in Show." The IKC Cluster of Dog Shows will be held at Chicago's McCormick Place West February 22 - 24, 2008. One of the largest all-breed benched dog shows in the country, this year's IKC Cluster of Dog Shows is expected to attract over 100,000 visitors who will observe more than 6,000 purebred dogs from more than 150 breeds demonstrate their skills in a variety of competitions. Judged competitions include agility, obedience and rally; as well as Junior Dog Judging, offered exclusively at IKC Cluster of Dog Shows for children ages 10 - 18; and the Puppy Spectacular, which features the finest puppies aged 6 months to 12 months competing for "Best Puppy In Show." Again this year, a new "Chicago-style" no-benches format is to be used in which all the show dogs are on display and groomed in full view and open to the public.

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
McCormick Place West
2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive
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