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Dog Show Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most common questions asked by visitors to the Detroit Kennel Club Dog Shows.

Q: The dog show is so big! How do I find my way around?
A: There are maps available at the Information Booth, which is at the front of the hall. Folks there will be happy to answer your questions and lead you to the breeds you want to visit and events you want to watch. You may also purchase a catalog, which not only contains a map, but has a schedule of the breed judging, the special events, as well as a listing of some of the breeders exhibiting at the show. Every dog entered in the show is listed in the catalog.

Q: May I bring my own dog to the show? He/she would love to see all those other dogs.
A: Sorry, you must leave your own pooch at home. Only dogs entered into the dog shows are allowed to be in Suburban Collection Showplace. However, feel free to buy your pet a wonderful consolation prize from any of the many vendors who will be selling a fabulous range of doggie items at the show!

Q: Can I bring a camera?
A: Yes! Just make sure to ask the owner before taking a picture of a particular dog. He or she will help set the dog up so that it looks its best.

Q: Are strollers allowed?
A: Yes!

Q: What is the best time to come?
A: At the Detroit Kennel Club Dog Shows, there is plenty to see throughout the entire day. If there is a specific breed in which you are interested please refer to the Judging Schedule for that breed's show times. Other events going on throughout the day appear on the Events Schedule. By mid-afternoon, the judges have chosen the best dogs in their breeds and are judging them in groups, the elite of the field! If you can stay until 5 or 6PM, you'll get to see the presentation of Best in Show, the culmination of the whole day.

Q: This will be my first visit to a dog show. What should I look for?
A: There will be a day full of special events, in which dogs compete, perform and demonstrate the amazing versatility of purebred dogs.

Q: Is there food available at the show?
A: There is a wide selection of food concessions inside the hall. No one, including the dogs, will go hungry!

Q: How can I meet different breeders and learn about my favorite breed?
A: Four or five breeds will be featured each day in the "Meet the Breed" seminars. Refer to the Events Schedule for times. Many of the breed clubs holding supported entries or specialties will have displays with information on their respective breeds as well as club members to answer your questions.