Dog show in mid-Michigan over holiday weekend

Published: Nov. 26, 2019 at 1:19 PM EST
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The Ingham County Kennel Club dog show is back this Thanksgiving weekend.

Vice President of the Ingham County Kennel Club Nick Little said it's common around the country for different breeds to have specialty shows to find the best dog in that specific breed.

The inspiration for starting the local dog show came from passionate breeders who came together and decided they wanted to have a show that local people could compete in.

Some people and their furry best friends are coming from as far as the East Coast, Little said.

The competition started on November 29 with an all-breed AKC sanctioned event at the MSU Pavilion in East Lansing.

There will be around 1,300 dogs from around 150 different breeds.

The Early Winter Dog Show starts on Nov. 30 and runs through Dec. 1 at the Pavilion.

On Saturday, Nov. 30 there will be a "Meet the Breed" session for anyone interested in seeing the dogs up close.

"It's your chance to find out what those dogs are like, whether they're couch potatoes or whether they're dogs that need an awful lot of exercise. So you can meet the dogs and talk to the owners and get to understand whether that breed might fit your living circumstances," Nick Little said.

There is a $5 entry fee to check it out, or $12 per family (2 adults, 2 children). No pets are allowed at the show. Also, no baby strollers are allowed in the venue.


Breed judging starts at 8 a.m. and continues into the early afternoon.

Group judging, such as working, herding, sporting, and more, will start around 1 p.m. where the best in the breeds will be picked to represent the best of their group.

Those winners will move on to the final judging where one dog will win Best in Show. The latter judging will take place around 4 p.m.

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