More than 27,000 people flocked to ExCeL London over the weekend
to visit the Kennel Club's Eukanuba Discover Dogs event, for the
first year in its new home. In total, 27,272 dog lovers enjoyed a
great fun day out whilst learning about over 180 breeds of pedigree
dog, enjoying the shopping at hundreds of trade stands and watching
a wide variety of displays and competitions.
In addition to the ever popular pedigree dog breed booths, this
year Eukanuba Discover Dogs hosted a series of 'firsts' to delight
crowds, including hosting famous dogs of Instagram for people to
have their selfies taken with, the Canine Rugby World Cup display
team and the K9 Quackers duck herding display.
Visitors were able to see dog lovers taking part with their pets
in competitions such as the Junior Warrant Winner of the Year
semi-finals, junior handling, agility and Young Kennel Club agility
Vanessa McAlpine, Kennel Club Events Executive, said: "We
sincerely thank everybody who was involved in making this year's
Eukanuba Discover Dogs such a success. To achieve such a high
attendance figure when an established show has moved to a new
venue, at a new earlier date, and when competing with the Rugby
World Cup, is a remarkable achievement.
"We could not have done it without our sponsors, Eukanuba, our
marvellous breed booth and breed rescue volunteers, trade stand
exhibitors, ring volunteers, judges and competitors
and everybody else who gave up their time to make the event so
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "Eukanuba Discover
Dogs is not only a fun date in the calendar of all dog lovers but
it is such an important one, helping to raise awareness about the
importance of choosing the right breed, from a responsible breeder
or rescue centre, so that we can ensure that all dogs get a loving
home for life.
"Those volunteers who came along to promote their breeds on the
breed booths should be tremendously proud that they helped promote
the breed they love to so many dog fans, which will help to ensure
that more people go on to buy a puppy responsibly from a good
"We are delighted to reach so many people through this event, and
hope that visitors who are thinking about getting a dog came away
armed with the information needed to make the right choice when it
comes to which breed will be suited to their lifestyle."
Giuliano Buccino, Head of Marketing at Eukanuba, said: "We
are extremely proud to sponsor such a unique and successful event.
We met so many dog lovers over the two days of the event and
they have all told us how excited they were to meet so many
different dog breeds.
"At Eukanuba we genuinely believe that all dogs are extraordinary,
and that's why it's important to provide the right nutrition and
care for their breed, to enable them to be in our lives for as long
as possible. It's about giving them the best care that we can so
that they can live an extraordinary life."
Next year's Eukanuba Discover Dogs is expected to take place on
October 22nd and 23rd at ExCeL London.