Record Number Discover Dogs In London This Weekend

The Kennel Club has offered thanks to everybody who helped to make Discover Dogs 2013 the most successful in the eighteen year history of the show.

A total of 34,047 people attended the two day event, which celebrated dogs and helped people to choose the right pedigree dog for their lifestyle, from a responsible breeder.

The attendance figure was up by 13 per cent on last year, in a time when other events are seeing a decline due to the economic climate.

Vanessa McAlpine, Events Executive at the Kennel Club, said: "We are so pleased that Discover Dogs continues to go from strength to strength and remains such a fixture in the calendar for dog lovers. The atmosphere of the show was fantastic and is testament to the fun and enjoyment that people have there. We could not put the show on without the help of the many volunteers who run the breed booths throughout the weekend and all of those that help out with the display rings and competitions, so we offer our sincere thanks to everybody involved. We also extend our appreciation to our sponsors, Eukanuba and Metro Bank who helped to make the event such a success."

Visitors at the show were able to meet more than 200 breeds of dog, shop for products at the hundreds of trade stands and get advice about choosing the right dog, dog training and buying from a responsible breeder.

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 Gazette Junior Warrant of the Year semi finals, the UK Junior Handler of the Year finals, the Companion Dog Club finals, and the class 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 Merlin actor, Anthony Head, radio DJ Sara Cox who came to the event to find a new dog, the Geldof family and Olympic swimmer, Sharron Davies.

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 advantages, as well as making a responsible decision about which breed is right for their lifestyle. We are so glad that the public continue to find so much enjoyment from this event, which really does make a difference for dogs."

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