Just for Kids
Tours for Groups
Our Map of the Stars provides a complete self-guided tour of the show. Perfect for scouts, school groups, seniors, 4-H, etc. Kids receive a patch for completing the tour! Visit the Map of the Stars page for group ticket sales information.
Relatives who look nothing alike
More than any other species in the animal kingdom, dogs vary in size, shape and appearance. Think about cats; they all pretty much look alike, from a house cat to a tiger. But now think about the difference between a Chihuahua and a Mastiff, officially the smallest and largest dogs in the species. A Chihuahua can weigh as much as a premature baby, while a mastiff can weigh as much as a professional football linebacker. It's amazing that they are part of the same family! At the Detroit Kennel Club Dog Shows, you will be able to visit with the tiny Chihuahua and gigantic Mastiff, as well as about 150 breeds in between.
A dog grocery store
At the Detroit Kennel Club Dog Shows, the dogs are sitting on benches arranged just like at a grocery store. There are aisles with signs telling you which dogs are where. You'll see big dogs, little dogs, bald dogs (Chinese Cresteds) and very hairy dogs (Old English Sheepdogs). You'll also see spotted dogs (Dalmatians), dogs that can't bark (Basenjis), dogs with long droopy ears (Basset Hounds) and dogs with ribbons in their hair (Shih Tzus).
You'll see dogs with short, squashed looking faces (Pugs) and dogs with long snouts (Fox Terriers). You'll see dogs with short stubby legs (Welsh Corgis) and dogs with such long legs they look like small horses (Irish Wolfhounds). You'll see dogs that are familiar (Golden Retrievers) and dogs you may never have heard of (Schipperkes).
You will also see dogs doing amazing things. You will see dogs that are so well behaved that they could visit the President. You will see dogs that are so energetic that they jump over hurdles and weave through poles. You will see dogs that can sniff out the bad guy, and dogs that can herd a gaggle of geese anywhere. You will see dogs that can pull a sled over 1000 miles, and dogs can catch a ball like a major leaguer.
Dogs with jobs
Many dogs have jobs, and for centuries they have been trained to help people. Certain types of dogs are especially good at certain types of jobs.
In the past, most people in the Arctic got around with dogsleds. Dogs that can handle the cold are great at pulling sleds, such as the strong Alaskan Malamute and the fast Siberian Husky. Samoyeds also love the cold weather, and used to work herding reindeer.
Dogs used to help Native Americans haul their possessions from one camp to another. The dogs would be hitched up to a pair of sticks that trailed them, with the load tied onto the poles.
Some dogs are great at herding farm animals around. Collies are excellent at herding sheep. The Border Collie is the champ of shepherding and uses its staring eyes to almost hypnotize sheep into obeying. You can see the Border Collie in action working a group of ducks at the DKC show.
Because of their excellent sense of sight, smell and hearing, dogs are wonderful at helping to guard families and buildings. Some are also highly trained to help the blind, deaf and the disabled.
Many dogs were originally bred to help man hunt. Retrievers, Spaniels, Setters and Pointers all have special hunting skills. You will be able to watch how these dogs are trained at the Field Dog demonstration.
Mountain rescue dogs sniff out lost hikers and avalanche victims. Some K-9 dogs help the police by sniffing out bombs and drugs. Dogs have even gone to war. Many saved countless lives in wartime by alerting their handlers to danger or the presence of an enemy.
A doggone good time
All of these dogs and more can be found at the Detroit Kennel Club Dog Shows. Watch them work, compete and perform in the special events that run all day long, and talk to their breeders and owners to find the special talents of their particular breed of dog.
At the Detroit Kennel Club Dogs Shows, whatever you do you're sure to have a dog-gone good time!