New York, NY – Tickets are on sale NOW for Tampa Bay’s first AKC Meet the Breeds®, which comes to the Tampa Convention Center on September 18th and 19th, 2021. The American Kennel Club® (AKC) and GF Sports & Entertainment bring this two-day educational event to Tampa Bay to give attendees the unique opportunity to meet and play with hundreds of dogs all while learning about responsible pet ownership and to find the best breed(s) for their lifestyle straight from the experts. The event is perfect for the whole family with children’s tickets lower than $20 and a variety of ticket options including early access and VIP experiences. Tickets are on sale now through the tour’s exclusive ticket provider SeatGeek®.
“We are really excited to bring AKC Meet The Breeds to sunny Tampa Bay,” said Gina DiNardo, Executive Secretary of the American Kennel Club. “It’s definitely a unique event. Everywhere you look, you’ll see dogs, whether it’s your favorite breed or one you’ve never heard of before. I hope we can introduce the city to their new favorite dog breeds and educate them about responsible dog ownership. It’s the perfect weekend family activity.”
This event is open to the general public and invites people of all ages to meet, pet, and learn about over 100 different dog breeds. Throughout the day, this educational extravaganza will feature demonstrations of popular AKC sports, showcasing the best in the sport and the jobs that dogs were bred and trained to do.
Aside from meeting lots of different breeds, there will be several demonstrations that highlight the athleticism and work ethic of dogs, including:
• Agility – See some of the country’s fastest dogs navigate an obstacle course of jumps, weaves & tunnels courtesy of the Dog Training Club of Tampa.
• Obedience – Watch the precision work of competition obedience dogs as they heel, retrieve and show how dogs can advance from the basics to upper-level skills brought to you by the Dog Training Club of Tampa.
• Flyball – Get ready to cheer as teams of dogs race each other start to the finish line, over a line of hurdles, to a box that releases a tennis ball and back courtesy of All Revd Up Flyball.
• Scent Work – Dogs have an amazing sense of smell & there is no better place to see how it works than in the fun sport of AKC Scent Work courtesy of the Dog Training Club of Tampa.
There will also be demonstrations from AKC Trick Dog, the Central Florida Disc Dogs, and a special demo by the Florida Urban Search & Rescue Teams. Our interactive area includes unique activities such as testing your own skills on the agility courses just like the dogs do and participating in games and photo opportunities with the whole family.
Special thanks to the knowledgeable volunteers from AKC parent breed clubs for supporting our vision and making this responsible pet education extravaganza possible.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.akc.org/meetthebreeds.
About the American Kennel Club
Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization, which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred and mixed breed dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. AKC Clubs comprise America’s largest rescue network. For more information, visit www.akc.org.
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About GF Sports & Entertainment
GF Sports & Entertainment is a global events and operations company that elevates the experience of live sports, entertainment and interactive events. The company owns two of the ATP Tour’s longest running American tennis tournaments, the Dallas Open and the Truist Atlanta Open, as well as the National Lacrosse League New York Riptide. In partnership with the American Kennel Club (AKC), the leading registry and governing body of canine events in the United States, they operate the AKC Meet the Breeds® touring show. GF Sports & Entertainment also incubates new and emerging sport concepts, this includes Wolf Pack Ninjas, which operates ninja-focused events globally.
GF Sports & Entertainment was founded in July 2015 by New York-based private equity firm GF Capital. For additional information, please visit www.gfsportsandentertainment.com.