The event, held at the ExCel Exhibition Centre for the first time this year, is aimed at pet owners of all ages. Members of the public can meet and greet over 200 breeds and learn how to responsibly buy a puppy.
The Kennel Club suggests that the 215 pedigree dog breeds can be split into one of seven groups – working, pastoral, gundog, toy, utility, hound and terrier – each of which were developed for different functions and which share similar characteristics.
Within these seven groups, each pedigree breed has its own breed standard, which outlines the breed’s individual characteristics – these can be found on the Kennel Club website.
Potential pet owners will be encouraged to use this predictability to help them choose the perfect dog.
Eukanuba Discover Dogs aims to introduce dog owners to different breeds, including some of the rarer ones that are considered by the Kennel Club to be at risk of disappearing from streets and parks, such as the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and the Otterhound.
Members of the pet trade will be on-site, offering expert information on training and exercise needs. Retailers will be providing the public with dog-related products and gifts.
The ExCel Exhibition Centre is accessible via tube, train, car, rail and even air, with good accessibility for disabled dog lovers, and the show is open from 10am to 5pm both days. For more information, visit www.discoverdogs.org.uk.