The Kennel Club bow-wowed out of Earls Court in style after
hosting a successful Discover Dogs event, the last at the iconic
venue after nineteen years.
Almost 33,500 people attended Discover Dogs 2014, which celebrates
dogs and helps people to choose the right pedigree dog for their
lifestyle from a responsible breeder. This is just shy of last
year's record gate of 34,047. In 2015, Discover Dogs will move to
its new home at ExCeL London, with next year's show taking place on
17 and 18 October.
Vanessa McAlpine, Events Executive at the Kennel Club, said: "We
are so proud to have hosted such a successful final show at Earls
Court. It was an honour to share the weekend with the WW1 centenary
celebrations, which remembered those - both human and animal - who
lost their lives in war, and despite the rightful popularity of
events held to recognise this special time, we succeeded in almost
matching our record attendance from last year.
"Whilst we are very sad to be leaving our home of 19 years, which
was also home to Crufts prior to that, we are excited to be moving
to ExCeL in 2015 and look forward to the show continuing to go from
strength to strength. We could not have put the show on without the
help of everybody involved, including our sponsors Eukanuba and
Metro Bank and the volunteers who man the breed booths, so we
extend our thanks and appreciation to everybody for their support
and passion for this great event."
Visitors at the show were able to meet more than 200 breeds of
dog, shop for products at hundreds of trade stands, and get advice
about choosing the right dog, dog training and buying from a
Competitions taking place at Discover Dogs included the ABC
Agility semi finals for medium dogs and large novice dogs, the
agility Small Mixi Pairs finals and the agility Starters Cup
finals. The event also saw the Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of
the Year semi finals, the UK Junior Handler of the Year final, the
Companion Dog Club finals, and the semi-finals for Scruffts, the
grand final of which will be at Crufts.
VIPs and celebrities came out in force to support the event with
special appearances, including actor Dominic West, model Jodie Kidd
and Fifi Geldof.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "Discover Dogs is a
unique event that enables visitors to meet more than 200 breeds of
pedigree dog under one roof, and to find out about their many
benefits, as well as making a responsible decision about which
breed is right for their lifestyle.
"We are so glad that the public continue to gain so much enjoyment
from this event, which really does make a difference for dogs. We
are looking forward to next year's first event at ExCeL and remind
all dog lovers to put the date in the diary for 2015."