Most events at the Show run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gates open at 8 a.m. Groups and Best in Show Judging begin at 3 p.m. and last until 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. Times are approximate because of fluctuating entries. Check schedules for specific events (breed judging schedules and show guide will be available in July after entries close). Click here to learn more about show etiquette.
Is one of the Show’s most popular events, superbly trained dogs race through an obstacle course of jumps, collapsed tunnels, poles and ramps as they earn championship points.
AKC® My Dog Can Do That! (OPEN TO ANY DOG)
With the guidance of professional coaches, participants can test their dogs' skills in running a condensed agility course free from the pressures of an actual competition. Click here to learn how to enter your dog.
Barn Hunt (OPEN TO ANY DOG)
Here dogs bred to hunt rats or those who are just naturally talented at can participate in clinics or compete. Click here to learn how to enter your dog.
Dogs hurdle to retrieve tennis balls, then speed back to the finish line. Noisy excitement abounds in this fast-paced sprint for first place.
Dogs respond to their handlers’ commands to “come,” “sit” and “stay,” basic training for more demanding events such as agility and musical freestyle.
The heart and soul of any dog show, this very traditional competition among more than 150 breeds is based on how well a dog adheres to physical standards set by the American Kennel Club. The top dog wins “Best in Show.” Click here for a schedule and list of breeds showing.
Meet the Breeds
Meet the Breeds is a valuable resource to a potential pet owner who is searching for the right kind of dog for his particular lifestyle. Experts present more than 110 breeds from the common to the exotic.
Contact: Mary Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Houston World Series of Dog Shows features a variety of demonstrations for the public to see including the weight pull competition, Canine Frisbee® and Musical Freestyle. Watch as dogs pull more than 10 times their own weight across a mat to see who is the strongest, or watch dogs perform to music as they perform routines with Frisbees® or with their human partners!
Junior Showmanship Clinics
Youths 9 to 18 years of age learn the ins and outs of presenting their dogs and themselves in a professional dog show ring. The clinic will be offered at no charge on Saturday afternoon. The time and location will be posted at the superintendent's desk underneath the American flag, but the clinic should begin at approximately 2 p.m. when we have a clear ring. Presenter is Mrs. Kathleen Farlow.
Weight Pull Competition (OPEN TO ANY DOG)
Some of these working dogs can pull close to a ton. Come see them show their strength and ability in moving incredible amounts of weight. Not to be missed! Click here to enter your dog.
All the dogs in this competition are hot dogs, showing off their strength and acrobatic skills as they catch the famous flying disc. A show stopper!
Canine Musical Freestyle
These meticulously trained canines step in time with their festively costumed owners as they dance to music. You’ll enjoy this charming display of discipline and affection.
The Houston World Series of Dog Shows is a wealth of information for any dog owner. Whether you are looking to find the perfect dog for your family, to learn more about AKC judging or to improve your grooming skills, the Shows will have something to offer you.
Sponsored by the Dog Judges’ Association of America, these workshops train professionals on the finer points of judging herding breeds in the ring.
Public Education Seminars
Join us on Saturday and Sunday next to the Meet the Breeds ring for presentations on topics of interest to the general public and dog show exhibitors alike.