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Nearly 200 Dog Breeds Compete for Best in Show at St. Joseph Sunday | New

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) You may be familiar with the Westminster Kennel Club dog show or the AKC National Championship, but there is actually a dog show being held right here in St. Joseph.

“Now there are 200 breeds recognized by the AKC. We don’t have all of those breeds here today, but we probably have about 175 different breeds,” said show chair Cathy Chase.

The St. Joseph Kennel Club, a member of the American Kennel Club, held a dog show at the downtown Civic Arena on Sunday.

“This is an AKC event. So all of the dogs here are AKC purebred dogs, we have about 655 entries. About a third of those entries are owner-handled dogs. So that means the nobody raised the dog, owns the dog and shows the dog,” Chase said.

The event was free and open to the public and lasted two days and they announced the best of the show on Sunday.

“It’s a great event for families. It’s a great event for people who want to get a dog, but they don’t know what kind of dog they want to have. They can talk to breeders, they can talk to owners , they can pet the dogs and see what they’re doing,” Chase said.

The first show was back in 1937 and they moved it from February to July as winter weather often complicated plans.