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.

This year’s show takes place July 17-21, 2019.

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 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.

Barn Hunt

Barn Hunt/Find the Rat

Barn Hunt is a popular, independent sport that is quickly growing across the country. These trials are meant to test the proper working drives of dog breeds whose traditional roles were to rid homes of damaging vermin. Dogs win points for the number of rats they scent in the course and for overcoming obstacles such as tunnels and climbs.

“Find the Rat” is a brand new event at the Houston Dog Shows this year. In “Find the Rat,” the course will be a modified Barn Hunt Instinct Course, with 3 tubes: one with a rat, one empty and one with litter. The dog will have 1 minute to indicate which tube has the rat.  If they complete the task, the dog will receive a ribbon stating “We Found The Rat”.  Dogs participating in “Find the Rat” don’t need an official BHA registration number.

The BHA is devoted to creating a fun and safe sport for dogs and also holds rat care at the highest level of consideration.

Regular Barn Hunt trials will take place Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21. For fee information and to register for regular Barn Hunt trials, please click here. Registration for regular Barn Hunt trials will not be available at the event. “Find the Rat” trials will take place Friday, July 19, at the Barn Hunt ring in Hall A from 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturday, July 20, from 3 to 6 p.m. There is a $10 fee per run. Registration for “Find the Rat” is available at the dog shows.


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.

Dr. Mari Jon Filla Student Art Show

Dr. Mari Jon Filla Student Art Show

The Dr. Mari Jon Filla Student Art Exhibit is made up of art from students of all ages. They begin their projects each spring, each creating their personal point of view on “Man’s Best Friend.” The artwork is made up of drawings, paintings and mixed media works, depending on the artist’s preference and style. After submitting their projects, each grade has its winners selected and the art is shown at the Shows for visitors and exhibitors to admire.

To get more information about next year’s art competition, please visit our Contact page and select “Dr. Mari Jon Filla Student Art Exhibit” in the dropdown to contact the Art Show Committee.

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.

Weight Pull

Weight Pull

Weight Pull is a sport where dogs can test their strength, endurance and stamina. These dogs are fit into special harnesses that helps them pull a cart loaded with, on occasion, 80 times their own weight! Dogs will then have 60 seconds to pull the cart 16 feet to the finish line. The winner pulls the heaviest cart in its weight category at the fastest speed.

Malamute-only trials will take place Friday, July 19, from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday trials, held July 20 and 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., are open to any dog that can fit into the official harness. To enter your dog in the Saturday and Sunday open trials, you must register before 10:30 a.m. on the day of the competition. There is a pre-entry fee of $15 per dog if registration is mailed and received before July 19. Click here to view registration form. Registration at the Dog Shows will be $20 per dog. There are a few qualifying requirements to be able to participate. Click here to view.

C.A.P Designer Doghouse Competition & Silent Auction

C.A.P Designer Doghouse Competition & Silent Auction

Citizen’s for Animal Protection’s (CAP) “Best Little Doghouse in Texas” competition enters its 15th year in 2019. Located in the Designer Doghouses ring in Hall B, dog show attendees can see some of the most lux dog houses available, designed by Houstonians, to be auctioned off for charity. Auction proceeds benefit Houston’s CAP.

The “Best Little Doghouse in Texas” competition deadline to enter/reserve a space is July 1, 2019. You can get more information about the competition and download the registration form by visiting the Dog House Competition website.

Groomer's To The Rescue

Groomer’s to the Rescue

Groomers to the Rescue is a new event coming to the dog shows this year. Groomers to the Rescue will focus on creating well-groomed, clean trims for rescue dogs from local Houston shelters. This new event will give groomers the opportunity to use their expertise while handling these dogs with compassion.

The competition begins by having the groomer choose a canine model out of a random pull from a hat or bag. Prejudging of the participating pups will start and hour before the official contest time. Groomers will then have three hours to prep, bathe, dry, and groom their dog to the best of their ability. They will be judged based on the style suited for the pup’s conformation, coat type and degree of difficulty. Winners will be determined on the highest number of points given by the judges. There will be first, second, and third place winners

Groomers to the Rescue will be held on Thursday, July 18 in the Grooming Ring located in Hall B.

Houston’s Rescues Have Talent Show

Houston's Rescues Have Talent Show

Saturday, July 20, starting at 12 p.m

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.