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The Biggest AKC Shows, plus Shows Closing June 12, 2013
Senior Editor Bo Bengtson introduces last year’s biggest U.S. shows and asks, “If our shows are so good, why aren’t they bigger?” As many fanciers lament a downsizing of the American show scene, Bo takes a look at some of the factors that can affect entries at both all-breed shows and specialties. Is the dog sport really shrinking?

The Blue Crab Cluster in Richmond, Va., will welcome exhibitors to the Richmond Raceway Complex again later this month. Group shows for both Hounds and Terriers will precede four all-breed shows and plenty of extras are scheduled, including a clinic for juniors and a seafood feast. Senior Editor Christi McDonald has all the details on this cluster, as well as those taking place in California, Massachusetts and Oregon.

Be sure to check out our photo galleries, where you’ll find recent winners and candid photos from shows held near and far. Just click on Show Scene below the masthead banner, or select any of the images in the left-hand column of our home page.

Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief
Among the Shows Closing June 12, 2013
By Christi McDonald

Last week I reported that shows were closing on June 5 in 17 locations around the country. In contrast, only 10 states have all-breed shows closing next week, although several of those clusters and show weekends have a great deal to offer. more

The Biggest Shows in America… and Anywhere, Part 1
By Bo Bengtson

Why are the biggest dog shows in America so much smaller than their foreign counterparts? That question is often heard these days, and in view of the huge entry figures that some overseas shows attract on a regular basis, it’s a justified concern. Are we doing something wrong? How do we attract new fanciers? more
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The Bottom Line
Bo Bengtson
EURODOGNEWS
Karl Donvil
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Kayla Bertagnolli
Dog Show Poop
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