About the Show

The Houston World Series of Dog Shows takes place in Houston’s state-of-the-art NRG Center. It is a cluster show, meaning it is actually several separate shows, held over consecutive days. Beginning Wednesday, visitors can catch the more than 30 independent breed specialty competitions, as well as the Houston Hound, Working Dog and All-Terrier shows — don’t miss the chance to chat with owners/handlers as they prepare their show dogs in the Crating and Grooming area. Thursday offers an all-specialty group of shows with only Conformation (Breed Judging) competitions that end with a “Best in Show” award. Friday, Saturday and Sunday each culminate with a “Best of Show” winner, chosen from finalists among the seven variety groups with more than 150 different breeds represented. The four “Best in Show” winners may or may not be the same dog.

Our mission is to enhance the public’s knowledge about purebred dogs. We offer the popular Meet the Breeds event where the public can get hands-on experience with more than 110 breeds and discuss their advantages and disadvantages with breed experts. Check Schedule of Events for a complete listing of times and events.

Things To Do

Besides Breed Judging on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we offer many exciting performance events including Agility, Obedience and Flyball as well as the McScotty Market (Vendor Booths) and displays from hundreds of companies and artisans offering pet food and accessories. Additionally, Canine Frisbee(SM), Canine Musical Freestyle and the Dr. Mari Jon Filla Student Art Exhibit are popular attractions. Many breed specific rescue groups and service organizations present information about their services, responsible dog ownership and proper pet care and nutrition in general.


Events at the Shows


Conformation / Breed Judging

Conformation/Breed Judging

Conformation is one of the most popular American Kennel Club (AKC) events, and it’s more than just a beauty pageant for dogs. While the dogs have to be groomed impeccably, the competition lies in how well each individual dog conforms, or matches up to, the breed standard as established by the AKC. The event is open to all breeds recognized by the AKC, and can range from specialty shows focused on a particular breed or class of dog, or a more general show where dogs of any recognized breed can enter.

Why is conformation important? Because the closer a dog’s appearance to the breed standard, the more likely that dog is to produce puppies that also meet the standard and have other desirable genetic traits. It’s also the reason mixed breeds, and spayed or neutered purebreds are ineligible to compete in this event.

Meet the Breeds Seminar

Meet the Breeds Seminars

Looking to get a new pooch for yourself or your family? 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 scores of breeds from the common to the exotic. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of owning certain breeds before selecting a dog for your family. Watch this website or posted lists at the Show for the detailed presentation schedule.

Flyball

Flyball

Flyball is one of the most exciting events at the Shows. It’s a competitive canine relay race in which two teams, comprised of four dogs (and two substitutes), compete side by side against one another over a 51-foot-long course. As soon as the signal goes off, each dog dashes over a line of low hurdles to reach a box. Once there, they use their paws to push a spring-loaded pad and release a tennis ball into the air that they catch and bring back to their handlers. Once back to the starting line, the next dog takes his turn. Once each dog has completed its run, the team with the fastest time wins.

Canine Musical Freestyle

Canine Musical Freestyle

Canine Musical Freestyle is a choreographed musical program performed by both dogs and their handlers. The object of musical freestyle is to display the dog and handler in a creative, innovative and original dance, using music and intricate movements to showcase teamwork, artistry, costuming, athleticism and style in interpreting the theme of the music. Canine freestyle is a showcase that truly demonstrates the joys and fun of bonding with your pet.

Creative/Breed Standard Grooming

Creative/Breed Grooming

Breed grooming focuses on making sure a dog is flawlessly groomed to highlight its conformance to breed standards published by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

Creative grooming is a very different competition from breed standard grooming, and it’s more than adding a cute bow or bandana to complement your dog’s appearance. Many creative groomers create works of art out of their dogs using stencils, chalk, temporary and animal-friendly dyes, and creative haircuts to showcase eras or tell a story.

AKC’s My Dog Can Do That!

AKC’s My Dog Can Do That!

AKC’s My Dog Can Do That! is a lively event intended to give new dog owners a taste of dog training and companion dog sports. Owners can bring their dog and try out an Agility or Rally course with assistance from a professional trainer.

At the Houston World Series of Dog Shows, this is an event where you can bring your own dog from home to participate. Entry is free with purchase of a Show ticket.

McScotty Market Retail Shopping

McScotty Market Retail Shopping

The McScotty Market at the Houston World Series of Dog Shows features products and gifts appropriate for any dog enthusiast, and their furry friends at home. You’ll find all kinds of things including dog clothing, leashes and collars, bedding and kennels, cleaning products, and dog-themed gifts and home decor. Don’t miss your chance to browse the Market and find items you can’t find locally from traveling vendors.

Canine Frisbee™ Exhibition

Canine Frisbee™ Exhibition

Dogs and their handlers do choreographed musical performances with the dog doing acrobatic leaps, rolls and jumps to catch a Frisbee™ disc. Don’t miss this chance to see what dogs of all different breeds can do as they work for applause, cheers and of course, treats.


Show History

Formerly known as the Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows, the Houston World Series of Dog Shows is sanctioned by the American Kennel Club and supervised by Onofrio Dog Shows. During five days, the shows attract more than 40,000 spectators and participants and 14,000 entries. Wednesday’s specialty breed show is sponsored by Bluebonnet Boxer Club Inc., Houston All-Terrier Club, Houston Area Hound Association, Houston Combined Specialty Association and Houston Working Dog Club. The Houston Kennel Club sponsors Thursday and Friday shows, Beaumont Kennel Club sponsors Saturday and Galveston County Kennel Club sponsors Sunday. The series’ main sponsor is Purina® Dog Food, makers of Purina Pro-Plan® dog food.