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2022 Pet Expos, Dog Shows & Dog Events

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Are you looking to mark your calendar with some fun dog-themed events? From pet expos to the largest dog shows and agility events to major pet adoption events, we have you covered!

Dogs are welcome at many pet expos (don’t miss our post on taking your dog to a pet expo) although generally not at dog shows, unless competing.

NOTE: Check–and doublecheck–events as you make your plans. Events are changing rapidly in response to changing conditions these days. Along with checking the expo website, be sure to check social media pages for additional updates.

Have we missed any of your favorites? Email us at editors@dogtipper.com! And if you’re in search of cat shows and festivals, don’t miss our calendar on CatTipper!

Arizona

Cynosport Dog Agility World Games

  • When: Nov. 30-Dec. 4, 2022
  • Where: Scottsdale, Arizona

This annual event is presented by the United States Dog Agility Association, Inc. (USDAA), the world’s largest independent authority for the sport of dog agility. The multi-day event features four agility championships:

  • The Grand Prix of Dog Agility® World Championships
  • $10,000 Dog Agility Steeplechase®
  • Dog Agility Masters® International Three-Dog Championship
  • Masters Challenge Biathlon℠

Phoenix Holiday Pet Expo

  • When: Nov. 13-14, 2022
  • Where: Bell Bank Park, Mesa

Shop for pet-themed gifts–or have your dog’s photo taken with Santa!

California

Photo courtesy AKC Meet the Breeds®

AKC Meet the Breeds® San Diego

  • When: Sept. 10-11, 2022
  • Where: San Diego Convention Center, 111 W Harbor Dr., San Diego

Over 100 dog breeds are represented at this two-day show which offers the opportunity to learn more about dog breeds, their temperaments and their origins. The event also features dog agility, working dog demonstrations and more.

Beverly Hills Dog Show

  • When: March 5-6, 2022
  • Where: Beverly Hills, California

The Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina is hosted by the Kennel Club of Beverly Hills and produced by NBC. The broadcast is hosted by John O’Hurley, David Frei and Mary Carillo.

New Year Classic – Kennel Club of Palm Springs

  • When: Jan. 2023 (first weekend in January)
  • Where: Indio, California

Held the first weekend in January, this large show is considered the largest dog show west of the Mississippi River and one of the four largest AKC shows in the nation.

Pet Health Expo

  • When: October 21-23, 2022
  • Where: Grand Exhibit Hall at Magic Box LA, Los Angeles

Both an in-person and virtual version of this pet health event will be hosted simultaneously. The event will include a new product showcase, exhibitors, speakers, free classes for children to teach them how to examine and care for their pets, free doggy boot camps, and more.

surfing dog

Surf City Surf Dog Competition

  • When: September TBA
  • Where: Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington, California

Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals

  • When: TBA
  • Where: San Diego, California

The “fastest wiener in the west” is crowned at this event that launched the popular Dachshund races in the 1990s. The annual event benefits the Seal Beach Animal Care Center.

World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest

  • When: June 24, 2022
  • Where: Petaluma, California

Colorado

Colorado Pet Expo & Conference

  • When: August 7-8, 2022
  • Where: Norris Penrose Event Center, Colorado Springs

Billed as “Colorado’s largest family pet event,” this two-day expo includes vendors as well as demonstrations and speakers.

Denver Pet Expo

  • When: July 30-31, 2022
  • Where: National Western Complex, Denver

Connecticut

Connecticut Pet Expo

  • When: TBD
  • Where: tk

Florida

Photo courtesy AKC Meet the Breeds®

AKC Meet the Breeds® Tampa

  • When: April 23-24, 2022
  • Where: Tampa Convention Center, Tampa

Meet over 100 different dog breeds and learn about their origins, personalities and more. This large event also features demonstrations of dog agility, working dogs and more.

AKC National Agility Championship

  • When: April 1-3, 2022
  • Where: World Equestrian Center, Ocala

AKC Diving Dogs Premier Cup

  • When: April 2, 2022
  • Where: World Equestrian Center, Ocala

Dogs from across the country competed in Distance and Air Retrieve, with the top three in each receiving prize money. Televised on ESPN2.

AKC National Championship

  • When: Dec. 18-19, 2022
  • Where: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando

AKC Obedience Classic

  • When: December 17-18, 2022
  • Where: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando

Georgia

dog at dog show

Atlanta Pet Expo

  • When: April 22-23, 2023
  • Where: Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, Lawrenceville

Idaho

Family Pet Expo

  • When: June 4, 2022
  • Where: Boise

Along with shopping opportunities for pets, this pet-friendly expo will feature services including grooming, microchipping, vaccination and more.

Iowa

Great Iowa Pet Expo

  • When: TBA
  • Where: Clive, Iowa

Although it had been planned for Fall 2021, this Des Moines-area event has been rescheduled for 2022. Stay tuned for dates.

Maryland

World of Pets Expo

  • When: Jan 27-29, 2023
  • Where: Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, Maryland

Massachusetts

dogs in stroller at pet expo

Greater Boston Pet Expo

  • When: September 24-25, 2022
  • Where: Shriners Auditorium, Wilmington, MA

Michigan

Frankenmuth Dog Bowl

  • When: May 27-30, 2022
  • Where: Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Frankenmuth, Michigan

Billed as the “World’s Largest Olympic-Sized Festival for Dogs,” this event dates back to 2008. Features almost 30 events (including nearly two dozen your dog can take part in).

Novi Pet Expo

  • When: November 11 – 13, 2022
  • Where: Novi, Michigan

Dogs over 6 months old are welcome on a fixed leash with proof of vaccination.

Nebraska

AKC National Tracking Invitational

  • When: TBA
  • Where: the 2021 competition was in Raymond, NE

Featuring handler and dog teams that have earned the AKC Champion Tracker Title.

New Jersey

Super Pet Expo 

  • When: Jan. 21-23, 2022
  • Where: NJ Convention and Exposition Center, Edison

A dog-friendly expo, this event offers insight into pet training, nutrition and health through talks from animal experts; pet entertainment; the opportunity to shop among more than 150 vendor booths; adorable adoptables from area rescue organizations, and much more!

World Dog Expo

  • When: June 2023
  • Where: Meadowlands Expo Center, Secaucus, New Jersey

This weekend event features not only a huge trade show with vendors but also demonstrations of dog sports including barn hunt, French Ring, obedience, flyball, lure coursing, disc dog, agility and more. Rescues and shelters will also be available for dog adoptions.

New York

Long Island Pet Expo in the Park

  • When: TBD
  • Where: Tanner Park, Copiague, New York

Long Island Pet Expo – Suffolk

  • When: March 4-5, 2023
  • Where: Brentwood, NY

Long Island Pet Expo – Nassau

  • When: TBA
  • Where: Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

  • When: June 18-22, 2022
  • Where: Lyndhurst, Tarrytown, New York

The longest nationally televised live dog show (since 1948!) and the second-longest, continuously held sporting event in the country, Westminster is a name familiar to all dog lovers. Along with the conformation dog show, the event includes the Masters Agility Championship and Masters Obedience Championship (both open to both purebred and mixed breed dogs).

Ohio

Photo courtesy AKC Meet the Breeds®

AKC Meet the Breeds® Columbus

  • When: Oct. 15-16, 2022
  • Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus

Learn more about which breeds would be a good fit for your lifestyle and see demonstrations of dog sports and working dogs at this large exhibition.

AKC Rally National Championship

  • When: July 8, 2022
  • Where: Wilmington, Ohio

AKC National Obedience Championship

  • When: July 9-10, 2022
  • Where: Wilmington, Ohio

All-American Columbus Pet Expo

  • When: March 10-12, 2023
  • Where: Columbus, Ohio

Pennsylvania

Lehigh Valley Pet Expo

  • When: February 3-5, 2023
  • Where: Allentown, PA

Morgantown Pet Expo

  • When: November 5-6, 2022
  • Where: The Morgantown Center, Morgantown, Pennsylvania
National Dog Show
THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA — Pictured: (l-r) Nederlandse Kooikerhondje, Bergamasco Shepherd, John O’Hurley, Papillon, David Frei, Great Dane, Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen — (Photo by: Simon Bruty)

National Dog Show

  • When: Nov. 19-20, 2022
  • Where: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, Oaks, Pennsylvania

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia has hosted their dog show since the 1870s–and it became a national favorite with the airing of the National Dog Show Presented by Purina®, televised every Thanksgiving Day. The show itself is held the weekend prior to Thanksgiving and includes not only the conformation dog show but also Meet the Breeds and many vendors. Dogs that are not competing are not permitted at this event.

Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo

  • When: March 10-12, 2023
  • Where: The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Pet Expo

  • When: November 18-20, 2022
  • Where: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh

One of the largest pet expos in the nation, this event spans over two acres of exhibits and demonstrations including adoption areas, disc and trick dog demonstrations, diving dog shows, and more.

Texas

Photo courtesy AKC Meet the Breeds®

AKC Meet the Breeds® Dallas

  • When: June 25-26, 2022
  • Where: Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, 650 S Griffin St, Dallas

Learn about more than 100 different dog breeds in America’s largest in-person dog breed educational showcase. Along with booths featuring more about each breeds and its origin, the event will also feature dog exhibitions including:

  • Agility – Watch these super talented dogs navigate an obstacle course of jumps, weaves & tunnels courtesy of the Dallas Agility Working Group.
  • Obedience – See the precision work of competition obedience dogs as they heel, retrieve, and demonstrate how dogs can advance from the basics to upper-level skills brought to you by the Dog Training Club of Dallas County.
  • Disc Dog – Enjoy this fast-paced, fun sport that takes the game of fetch to a whole new level, brought to you by Cat City Disc Dogs.
  • Rally – Check out this exciting sport that is equal parts skill and thrill as dogs and their owners navigate a course of obedience tasks courtesy of the Dog Training Club of Tampa.
  • Scent Work – The nose knows! See dogs use their natural abilities to locate a scent and communicate to their handler that it has been found, brought to you by the Dog Training Club of Dallas County.
dachshund races, Buda, Texas

Austin Pet Expo

  • When: TBA

This is the closest pet expo near me — so I’ll definitely be watching for a date for this one! We exhibited the last time it was held (in Taylor) although the website now says the next event will be held in Austin.

Buda Wiener Dog Races

  • When: April 23-24, 2022
  • Where: Buda City Park, Buda, Texas

This massive dog festival (so big you’ll need to catch a shuttle bus to the event!) features, yes, Dachshund races as well as vendors, a barbecue cookoff and a pet parade.

Heart of Texas Dog Show

  • When: Oct 28-30, 2022
  • Where: Bell County Expo Center, Belton

AKC-affiliated, annual, all-breeds dog show for Central Texas including Obedience & Rally Trials, Agility Trials and vendors.

Houston World Series of Dog Shows

  • When: July 20-24, 2022
  • Where: NRG Center, Houston, Texas

This Texas-sized event typically includes not only a conformation dog show but also agility, obedience, rally, barn hunt, Frisbee and much more, along with hundreds of vendors.

River City Cluster of Dog Shows

  • When: July 14-17, 2022
  • Where: Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas

This large event spans over 150,000 square feet of indoor climate-controlled space and features dog shows with international competitors and vendors.

Virginia

World of Pets Expo

  • When: TBA
  • Where: Hampton Roads, Virginia

Wisconsin

Green Bay Pet Expo

  • When: April 22-24, 2022
  • Where: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Now in its second decade, this event features vendors, dock diving dogs, a K-9 unit demonstration and more. Leashed dogs welcome.

Winnebago Pet Expo

  • When: May 14, 2022
  • Where: Winnebago, Wisconsin

Canada Pet Expos and Events

Canadian Pet Expo

  • When: April 15-17, 2022
  • Where: Mississauga, Ontario

Canada’s largest indoor pet event includes celebrity pet appearances, grooming demonstrations and over 300 vendors.

Woofstock

  • When: TBA
  • Where: Toronto, Canada

North America’s largest festivals for dogs

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