This weekend, three American Kennel Club dog shows will take place at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup. The Western Washington Summer Cluster includes the Tacoma Kennel Club show on July 7, the Puyallup Valley Dog Fanciers show on July 8, and the Gig Harbor Kennel Club show on July 9.

Komondor, dog show

A group of Komondor breed dogs. Photo by Petful via CC.

According to Laura Young, the cluster coordinator, at least 2,000 people are expected to attend the events and as many as 1,500 dogs from all over the country are registered for entry. Young said she expects approximately 1,000 dogs to participate.

With so many dogs, handlers, and guests visiting the area, the weekend’s events will likely have a boosting effect on the local economy.

“We fill up the hotels in Puyallup,” Young said. “It will definitely have an impact.”

A Borzoi breed dog. Photo by ROVER_JP via CC.

Aside from opportunities for dogs to gain points and championships, dog shows also are an opportunity for humans to learn more about dog breeds, many of which a casual dog-lover may have never heard of — the Schipperke, the Komondor, the Borzoi, and the Belgian Malinois, to name a few.

“Your perfect dog may be one you’ve never seen,” Young said. “There are lot of rare breeds out there, and it’s good fun to check it out for the entertainment.”

A Schipperke breed dog. Photo by Svenska Massan via CC.

The public is welcome to attend all three dog shows, located at the fairgrounds’ Mattress Firm ShowPlex. There is no charge to enter, but there is a $5 parking fee.