Dog Shows in Western Pennsylvania

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    • Many breed clubs hold shows in western Pennsylvania.Two Dogs image by ziggyhendry from Fotolia.com

      Western Pennsylvania dog lovers have plenty of opportunities to watch canines strut their stuff at area dog shows. They include specialty shows for individual breeds and all-breeds shows. Shows are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Dog shows focus on conformation classes, and the dog is being judged against its breed's ideal, and the likelihood that it will pass on these desirable traits to its offspring. For those uncertain of which breed to buy, dog shows are a good way to see the cream of the crop and make a decision about that future puppy.

    German Shepherd Dog Club of Western Pennsylvania

    • Each year, the German Shepherd Dog Club of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. (GSDGWPI) holds two AKC-approved specialty dog shows, one in the spring and one in the fall. An obedience trial is featured at the autumn show. The club also holds mock dog shows for puppies, to get them accustomed to showing. Founded in 1960, the GSDCWPI was recognized by the AKC and the German Shepherd Dog Club of America the following year, and has been holding shows since 1962. In recent years, shows have been held at the Westmoreland County Obedience Training Club in Delmont, Pennsylvania.

    Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association Dog Show

    • Since 1938, the Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association has been holding annual all-breed dog shows, with the exception of the World War II years of 1943 and 1945. The organization also holds obedience trials. The show is currently held in early spring at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. The two days of dog shows have different judges each day, and are considered separate shows. Open to the public, judging starts at 9 a.m. and the Best in Show award is presented at 5 p.m.

    Three Rivers Shetland Sheepdog Club of Greater Pittsburgh

    • Begun in 1989 with 15 sheltie owners, the Three Rivers Shetland Sheepdog Club of Greater Pittsburgh has grown to more than 100 owners from western Pennsylvania and has spread to surrounding and faraway states, including Maryland, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida. Members actively compete with their dogs in agility, obedience, herding and Rally. The group hosts two AKC- sanctioned specialty shows. Events are held at the Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena in Cheswick, Pennsylvania. Other than shows and competition, the club promotes responsible sheltie breeding and participates in local community activities.

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