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Montreal Families

See Spot run at the annual Montreal Dog Show

As it has done for almost 100 years, the Championship Montreal Dog Show will host a slew of canine competitors in November.

This long-running tradition is an irresistible family event that fosters a love for dogs of all pedigrees and educates kids on their furry friends.

“It’s entertaining and it’s not an expensive entertainment day either,” said Arthur Newman, treasurer at the United Kennel Club (UKC) in Montreal. “A family of four brings their kids, they can learn how to perhaps choose the right dog and see the different things that dogs can do.”

The dog show begins with conformation, which is checking out a dog’s physique, running, obedience and rally.

Following that, judging takes place, with dogs grouped by breed and age. Champion dogs from previous years will also be brought out. Of course, the puppies will also have their group.

The first UKC dog show took place in 1918 in Montreal. It has continued to bring breeders and owners together, providing more than just your run-of-the-mill show. In addition to booths with information on different breeds, obedience and handling schools, and even toys for pets, the UKC has raised more than $300,000 for various dog charities.

MIRA, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in St-Hyacinthe, spay and neuter clinics, and the junior handlers in Canada, specifically in Quebec, are the organizations that benefit from the UKC’s donations. Newman also highlighted the importance of therapy dogs.

“It brings out the life in them,” he says of seniors who have spent time with these specialized dogs.

The Montreal Dog Show will take place on Nov. 7, 8 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Place Bonaventure, 800 de la Gauchetiere St. W. Tickets are free for children under 5, $5 for children 5 to 11, and $11 for adults. Senior and student discounts available.

For more information, visit unitedkennelclubmontreal.com.

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