The Michigan Winter Dog Classic, Michigan’s largest dog show, takes place this weekend at the Rock Financial Center in Novi. Over 6,000 dogs representing 167 breeds will participate in the show. A new AKC event, the Beginner Puppy Special Attraction, provides an opportunity for 4- to 6-month-old puppies to receive early exposure to the dog show scene on Saturday, January 22 at 9:00 a.m. The Michigan Winter Dog Classic is hosted by the Livonia Kennel Club Thursday and Friday, and the Oakland County Kennel Club Saturday and Sunday. Show hours are 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. the rest of the weekend.
Boxers at the Classic
Eighteen Boxers are scheduled to compete at the shows. Unusually, Boxers have late ring times all weekend — a mixed blessing for exihibitors, who don’t have to awaken with the sunrise but also don’t have the advantage of being done and home before noon. Boxers show at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, 11:00 a.m. on Friday, 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
If you’re interested in a rescue Boxer, Mid-Michigan Boxer Rescue will have a booth on “Rescue Row”. You can interact with the rescue dogs and talk with rescuers about adopting, fostering, or supporting rescue. Both the rescue workers and the conformation exhibitors are available — after their dogs are finished showing, course — to answer questions about the breed.
The Michigan Winter Dog Classic includes numerous other events in addition to the dog shows. Visitors can watch the Rock N’ Roll K9s perform, observe duck herding, Dog Scouts, weight pull, and police K9 demonstrations, and shop at over 50 vendor booths. Jon Provost, who played Timmy in the original Lassie television series, will meet and greet fans with copies of his new book, Timmy’s in the Well: The Jon Provost Story. Laddie, Jr., a 10th generation descendant of the original Lassie, will also be in attendance.
Location and Fees
The Rock FInancial Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River in Novi, between Novi and Beck roads. Parking is $5 per car. Spectator admission is $10 per adult, $8 for seniors and kids 7-12 years old, and free for kids 6 and under. A family pack admits two adults and three kids for $35; tickets for groups of 12 or more are available at $4 per person.
The judging programs list breed ring times, locations, and entries, as well as times and information on the other attractions.
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