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Who is the Bay Colony Cluster?
The Bay Colony Cluster Dog Show is a series of shows presented by the Boston area's finest AKC dog clubs: Eastern Dog Club, Ladies' Dog Club, and Middlesex County Kennel Club. Supported generously by Pedigree, these clubs work together to produce one of the nation's biggest and best dog events.

For more club history, click here:
Eastern Dog Club
Ladies' Dog Club

Group and Best in Show judging
After a dog is deemed "best of breed," the winner proceeds to be judged within its groups. There are seven groups of dogs: Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding. The best dog in each group then goes on to compete for the coveted "Best in Show" award. Dog shows award trophies, not cash prizes.

What will I find at the show?
This year’s show is as big, exciting and competitive as ever! From Thursday through the last winner's trot around the show ring on Sunday, dog lovers will find approximately 150 AKC breeds judged against the recognized standards for the breed. The first "Best of Breed" competition starts bright and early at 8 a.m., followed by "Best of Group" in the late morning/early afternoon, and the "Best In Show" trophy is awarded anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. (each day varies depending on the number of dogs entered that day).

Please note that this year’s show will feature agility demonstrations, and American Kennel Club representatives can answer questions for you about these two AKC events or you can visit www.akc.org.

A holiday shopping paradise for dog lovers
Shop at 40 booths for the perfect gift for your favorite dog or dog person. Visit the Pedigree booth for freebies and special offers on nutritious dog treats, get free samples. Click here in November for a list of our holiday shopping booths.

Special Events
In addition to "Best in Show" competition, this year's Bay Colony Dog Show will feature a host of family-friendly dog demonstrations and kids' activities and a full "Bark Avenue" with the best holiday shopping for dog lovers! You can't bring your dog to the dog show, but you can bring him home a treat!

On Saturday and Sunday, visit the show's "Meet the Breed" sessions where you can break dog show rules and pet and play with a pedigreed pooch and ask questions about specific breeds! Breeders and junior handlers will be available to talk about their breed's special qualities, and you can find out if that particular dog is the right pet for you and your lifestyle. We won’t know exactly which purebred pooches you will find at "Meet the Breed" due to competition schedules, but we can tell you that there will be dozens of the nation's best breeders ready to chat with you.

On Saturday and Sunday, visit the Club Booth with any questions you have about how a dog show is run – in the conformation ring, or behind the scenes — club members are happy to share their knowledge with you. Ask a Club member for a tour of the dog show behind the scenes, a great chance to ask questions about dog shows, breeding, and AKC registration.

"Backstage" grooming areas
Looking to fall in love? Visit your favorite breeds in the "backstage" grooming areas, where dogs are prepped and primped for their turn in the ring. Look at dogs of all shapes and sizes, talk with the groomers, handlers and owners as ring schedules allow, and learn more about the breeds -- maybe you'll meet the breeder that will find you the perfect addition to your family.

Nonprofit organizations -- Get information and talk to the hard-working people behind dog-related careers and volunteer opportunities. If you love dogs and want to learn more about how you can make a difference, visit our public service booths to find out how you can get a new leash on life, or give back to the community that cares for canines.

December 8
December 12

Rhode Island
Providence, RI
Exit 22A off I-95

starts with
Best of Breed
at 8am

and ends with
Best In Show
between 4-6pm