Meet Some of AKC’s Breeds; Watch Dogs Make a Splash in Dock Diving –

BOCA RATON, FL The Boca Raton Dog Club and Jupiter Tequesta Dog Club have joined forces once again to bring dog lovers the annual Paw Prints in the Sand Summer Cluster Dog Show! Thousands of dogs and their owners will get the chance to strut their stuff in the show ring Thursday through Sunday, July 12th- 15th at the South Florida Fair Grounds East & West Expo Center, 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33411 from 8 AM to 6 PM each day

We are delighted to welcome spectators back to the annual Paw Prints in the Sand Summer Cluster,” said Deborah Roberts, President of the Boca Raton Dog Club, Inc. “Not only is this a fun activity for families but it is the perfect place to talk to breed experts about topics such as training, grooming and the right breed for your lifestyle. An AKC dog show is also a great place to start your search for a responsible breeder.”

Spectators can:

  • Meet and greet a variety of different dog breeds. Visitors can learn about responsible dog ownership and speak with breeders, owners and handlers. (ALL DAYS)

  • Watch dogs test their extreme water skills in exciting Dock Diving competitions. (ALL DAYS)

  • Watch the judging of various breeds in Conformation and cheer for your favorite. (ALL DAYS)

  • See young owner-handlers compete against their peers in the Junior Showmanship Competition. (ALL DAYS)

  • Watch owner-handlers compete in a special series called the National Owner-Handled Series. These exhibitors are striving for a spot in the finals at the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin in Orlando in December. (ALL DAYS)

  • Watch children as young as five years old get started in the sport by participating in a Pee Wee competition. (THURS ONLY)

  • See puppies getting started in the sport in the AKC Sanctioned 4 and under 6 Months Puppy Competition. (FRI & SAT)

The Boca Raton Girl Scouts will be returning this year to earn their patches through the AKC Dog Show Patch Program. This educational program is designed for children of all ages to learn and have fun while attending a dog show. Through the program, children will meet dogs and handlers and learn about the seven AKC breed groups, events at an AKC dog show, responsible dog ownership, canine care, and much more.

The North America Diving Dogs (NADD) will be attending the cluster for the first time this year. Diving dogs is a canine sport in which dogs are enticed to run the length of a dock and leap as far out into the water as possible to compete for height or distance. They’re motivated to fly with a prized toy, which is thrown just out of reach in order to help them keep their momentum and get the best launch angle possible. Spectators can watch dogs test their extreme water skills in this exciting event.

Take the Lead, a not-for-profit organization which provides services, support and care for people in the sport of dogs who suffer life-threatening illness will be in attendance with raffles and gift baskets. There will also be a raffle basket filled with canine goodies, generously donated by With the exception of Dock Diving, all judging will be indoors under air conditioning with food and merchandise vendors available. Dock Diving will take place outside.

Events will be taking place from 8am-6pm each day, Thursday, July 12th through Sunday, July 15th at the South Florida Fair Grounds East & West Expo Center. Spectator entry for this fun-filled event is only $5 per person with a $5 parking fee per vehicle. Children under 12 are free. Dogs that are not entered in the event are not allowed on show grounds.

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