Begun in 1977 and running for five days in July, the Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows takes place in Houston’s state-of-the-art Reliant Center. It is a cluster show, meaning it is actually several separate shows, held over consecutive days. Beginning Wednesday, visitors can catch the Houston Working Dog and All-Terrier shows and chat with owners/handlers as they prepare their show dogs in the Crating and Grooming area. Thursday offers an all-specialty group of shows with only Conformation (Breed Judging) competitions that end with “Best of Breed” awards. However, Friday, Saturday and Sunday each culminate with a “Best of Show” winner, chosen from finalists among the seven variety groups with more than 150 different breeds represented. The three “Best in Show” winners may or may not be the same dog.
Our mission is to enhance the public’s knowledge about purebred dogs. We offer the popular Meet the Breed event where the public can get hands-on experience with more than 110 breeds and discuss their advantages and disadvantages with breed experts. Check Schedule of Events for a complete listing of times and events. We also offer numerous seminars on training, grooming and health that are free to the public. Besides Breed Judging on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we offer many exciting performance events including Agility, Obedience and Flyball as well as Vendor Booths and displays from hundreds of companies and artisans offering pet food and accessories. Additionally, Canine Frisbee(SM), Canine Musical Freestyle and the Mari Jon Filla Student Art Exhibit are popular attractions. Many dog welfare and service organizations present information about their services, responsible dog ownership and proper pet care and nutrition in general.
Formerly known as the Astro World Series of Dog Shows, the Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows is sanctioned by the American Kennel Club and supervised by Onofrio Dog Shows. During five days, the shows attract more than 40,000 spectators and participants and 14,000 entries. Wednesday's show is sponsored by Working Dog and Houston All-Terrier Club. Thursday’s show is sponsored by the Houston Combined Specialty Association, Houston All-Terrier Club and the Bluebonnet Boxer Club. The following days sponsored by the Houston Kennel Club, Beaumont Kennel Club and Galveston County Kennel Club, respectively. The show's diamond sponsor is Purina® Dog Food, makers of Purina Pro-Plan® dog food.