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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.
Held in the MTB Ring between Halls B and C on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Shows. A specific schedule will be added prior to the show so you can plan which sessions you want to attend.
Pro tip: it’s a great opportunity to interact with all kinds of dogs and is a fantastic event for children to learn more about dogs.
Fri, July 20, 2018
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Continuous
Sat, July 21, 2018
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Continuous
Sun, July 22, 2018
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Continuous
Why should I come to the Show?
To be entertained
The Houston World Series of Dog Shows is one of the best entertainment values around. For only a few dollars, you can spend an entire day admiring thousands of beautiful dogs, shopping the vendor booths and enjoying such action-packed events as Flyball, Frisbee® dogs, Canine Musical Freestyle and more.
To be educated
Everything you want to know about buying, training and caring for your dog is presented under one roof. You can also talk face-to-face with experts on any dog-related topic and learn about more than 80 different breeds at Meet the Breeds. Every year, the events for nonregistered dogs vary. We encourage you to bring your pets and participate in these happenings.
To see top competitors
Many of the top-winning show dogs in the country, representing virtually every breed recognized by the American Kennel Club, will compete at the Houston World Series of Dog Shows. Here’s your chance to see rare breeds and extraordinarily well-trained performance dogs.
Where do I park when I get to the Show?
Park in the North Fannin Lot (Orange), which you can reach from Fannin via the Holly Hall entrance. The parking fee is $12 per day (CASH ONLY). To avoid this expense, we encourage you to ride Metro Rail and get off at Holly Hall stop to reach NRG Center.
Get the full list of parking options here.
When is the show?
Houston World Series of Dog Shows will take place at NRG Center July 18-22, 2018. To see when specific events take place, check out the Show Schedule to see times and locations within NRG Center.
How much are tickets?
TICKETS – Available at the Door
$10.00 Adults 13 to 54 years of age
$ 5.00 Seniors age 55 and older
$ 5.00 Active and retired military personnel and family with ID
Free Children age 12 and younger with an adult
FRIDAY – SUNDAY
$15.00 Adults 13 to 54 years of age
$10.00 Seniors age 55 and older
$10.00 Active and retired military personnel and family with ID
Free Children age 12 and younger with an adult
What are the best events for kids?
While the entirety of the Houston World Series of Dog Shows is family-friendly and appropriate for adults and children of all ages, there are some specific events that may be of extra interest to children because they include music, movement or fast-paced competition. Some of the best ones to look out for include:
- Canine Frisbee™
- Canine Musical Freestyle
- McScotty Market
Can I rent a wheel chair or scooter at the Show?
Yes. To reserve ahead of time, please call 832-667-1482. See rates below. If guest goes over the 4-hour mark, it simply goes to a daily rate. Visa, Master Card, and Discover are accepted forms of payment. (Cash & Checks will not be accepted.)
- 1 hour: $10 for wheelchair, $20 for scooter
- 2 hours: $16 for wheelchair, $32 for scooter
- 3 hours: $20 for wheelchair, $40 for scooter
- 4 hours: $24 for wheelchair, $48 for scooter
- Daily Rental: $35 for wheelchair, $70 for scooter
What can I bring to the Shows?
Security Checkpoints: All items allowed into NRG Park facilities are subject to inspection. Bags larger than 11″ x 17″ and all backpacks will not be allowed. Lockers and storage areas are not available. Purses and diaper bags are subject to inspection.
Prohibited Items: For the safety concerns of patrons, NRG Center may refuse entry of individuals in possession of prohibited items including, but not limited to: video or audio recorders or similar devices, professional camera equipment or lenses over 12” in length, laser pointers, weapons/firearms, air horns/whistles or other noisemakers, sealed packages of any kind, bottles or cans, coolers or containers, fireworks, inflatable objects, outside food or beverage (Exceptions are made for medical reasons and children) No remote controlled vehicles, including cars and unmanned aircraft (drones), are authorized to operate on NRG Center property.
Can I open carry at the Shows?
For the safety concerns of patrons, NRG Center may refuse entry of individuals in possession of prohibited items including, but not limited to: weapons/firearms.
Food and Drink at the Shows
Can I bring my own food or drinks to the Show?
NRG Center does not allow any outside food or drink because of an exclusive contract with ARAMARK. ARAMARK’s concession stands, however, offer a wide variety of food (including vegetarian) and drink.
Is water available at the Shows?
Water fountains are available at NRG Center.
Are concessions available?
ARAMARK’s concession stands will be available and offer a wide variety of food (including vegetarian) and drink.
Can I bring food for my dog?
If you think your dog companion may become hungry while you are at the Shows, you may bring some of your own dog food and a bowl. As with water, collapsible bowls are recommended. Also, be prepared to clean up after your dog if necessary.
Etiquette at the Shows
May I bring my own dog to the Show?
The competitions at our show are only for dogs that have been pre-entered. If you are coming to receive a PAL evaluation, you must bring your dog. You may also bring your dog for special fittings of canine sportswear or collars. We do not offer any “social” activities for family pets so please do not expect to find the equivalent of a dog park.
Every year, the events for non-registered dogs vary. We encourage you to bring your pets and participate in these activities. If you do bring your pet, please remember that many of the entered dogs have been exposed to many other dogs at shows around the country before arriving here. For your dog’s safety and health, he should be at least 6-months-old and have all the proper vaccinations including the new strain of canine influenza. They must be under control at all times. For good animal husbandry reasons, “community” water bowls are not provided. If you bring your family pet, please bring your own water bowl or cup and be prepared to clean up after your dog. Flexible leads are not allowed.
Can I interact with dogs at the Shows?
Before interacting with anybody’s dog at the Shows, you should always ask its owner’s permission. The owner will share any concerns about touching or interacting with their animal. If the owner says you cannot pet his dog, please respect his wishes. This is particularly important if the dog is a service animal.
Taking Photos at the Show
Spectators may take their own photos at the Shows, and share them personally with family and friends via email or social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Selfie sticks are allowed, as long as they do not obstruct any walking traffic or interfere with a competition. We also ask that you limit the use of your camera’s flash while photographing competing dogs, as this may distract them from performing at their highest level.
If you share your photos on Instagram or Twitter, we’d love it if you would hashtag your photos with #hwsds or #comesitstay so we can see your photos and share them.
Anybody who is present in NRG Center may be photographed or featured in videos on social media without their express consent. If you see yourself in a photo online and wish it to be taken down for personal reasons, please contact the Show directly.
Shopping at the Shows
Can I buy a puppy or a dog at the Show?
We do not allow dogs to be sold or adopted at the Show. We do encourage you to meet reputable breeders at Meet the Breeds or visit the numerous rescue societies and clubs, and make an appointment to either purchase or adopt a dog.
What kinds of things are in the McScotty Market?
The McScotty Market features vendors who travel from all over the country, bringing pet-related products as well as more general home products for you to see, test and purchase. Every year the vendor breakdown is unique, but you should expect to find vendors who sell products like:
- Home goods focused on animals (signs, key rings, bandanas, shirts, etc.)
- Clothing for dogs
- Specialty baked goods designed specifically for dogs and their nutritional needs
- All kinds of collars and different types of leads and leashes
- Dog and animal carriers
- Supplies for cleaning up after your dogs
Photography at the Shows
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Can I use a selfie stick?
Selfie sticks are allowed, as long as they do not obstruct any walking traffic or interfere with a competition. We also ask that you limit the use of your camera’s flash while photographing competing dogs, as this may distract them from performing at their highest level.
Can I use a drone to take videos at the Shows?
No remote controlled vehicles, including cars and unmanned aircraft (drones), are authorized to operate on NRG Park property.
Is commercial photography or video allowed?
Commercial photography and video are generally not allowed at the Houston World Series of Dog Shows. If you are a photographer who is interested in taking photos at the Shows, you may apply for media credentials. If approved, you will be able to take photos and videos by appointment and in coordination with Show staff.
Can I use tripods or other photo/video accessories at the Shows?
Unless otherwise specified, tripods of any kind are not allowed, nor are drones or unmanned aircraft with video cameras attached. Lighting kits may be approved on a case-by-case basis, even if they are hand held.
All events are not held every year and are subject to change, so please check the Show schedule regularly. The detailed show schedule for conformation breed judging is expected to be published approximately 7-10 days after registrations close on July 4th.
Who can build a better doghouse?
See some of the most lux dog houses available, designed by Houstonians to be auctioned off for charity. Auction proceeds benefit Houston’s Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP).
The “Best Little Doghouse in Texas” competition enters its 14th year in 2018, and the deadline to enter/reserve space is July 1, 2018. You can download the registration form from CAP’s website.
PARKING AND DIRECTIONS
The Houston World Series of Dog Shows takes place at NRG Center, located in NRG Park at 1 NRG Park, Houston, TX 77054.
- From Fannin Street: enter through Holly Hall and park in the Orange Lot
- From Kirby: enter through McNee and proceed to park in the Orange Lot
- Exhibitors and Vendors: Use the McNee entrance from Kirby and proceed to either the Red or the Tan Lot.
- Parking is $12 per day Thursday through Sunday. Parking is free Wednesday when you mention you are going to the Houston World Series of Dog Shows
- Drive to the Fannin South Park & Ride lot at 1604 West Bellfort (located on Fannin just outside the 610 Loop South) and pay only $3 to park. See www.ridemetro.org for bus and rail fares.