The largest cluster of dog shows in the United States returns to Topeka August 18 to 28. Topeka Kennel Club’s Capital City Classic dog shows are expected to attract more than 1,200 dogs -- as well as their humans and show fans -- to the area over 11 days.

“Topeka is the best place anywhere close to see some of the finest dogs in the world,” said Robert Bostrom, president of the Topeka Kennel Club and Capital City Circuit Coordinator.

All-breed and specialty, or breed-specific, shows are included in the series, as are shows with professional handlers and owner-handlers. There’s even an American Kennel Club sanctioned match for puppies.

No admission is charged to watch any of the events and Kansas Expocentre parking is free, making this a great experience for dog lovers and families.

Visit Topeka is pleased support the Capital City Classic, which is anticipated to bring nearly 500 hotel room-nights to the area over the 11 days and more than $3,000 in direct spending to the area. The American Kennel Club is offering several opportunities for training because of the number of people on hand for this series of shows.

“Topeka has positioned itself as a perfect place for dog shows. We are centrally located with easy access to major routes heading both east-west and north-south,” said Mike Bell, vice president of sales at Visit Topeka. “And we have an active local base in the area who love to bring these shows to our city.”

The Topeka Kennel Club began hosting shows in 1950 and has over decades created the Capital City Classic with support from kennel clubs in the Kansas communities of Emporia and Manhattan and the Jesse James Kennel Club, which represents parts of Kansas and Missouri.

“These shows draw dogs from all across the United States, with some flying in from Canada and Mexico,” said Bostrom. “Some of the best show dogs in the country … and winners of the Westminster Kennel Club and AKC National dog shows are often shown here.”

All shows are held in Landon Arena. Obedience competition will be held in Ag Hall. Vendors of various dog-related products also will be on hand daily.

About the shows:

Individual breeds are shown in the mornings and group judging is in the afternoon. All shows culminate in the awarding of Best in Show, at approximately 5 p.m. daily.

There are 10 breed-specific shows, two each for Chinese Shar Pei, French Bulldog, Great Dane, German Shepherd, and Siberian Husky. 

All-breed shows are open to all American Kennel Club breeds

  • August 16 -- Professional handling class; American Kennel Club judge training
  • August 18 -- Toy Dog Group
  • August 19 to 22 -- All-breed shows and specialties
  • August 20 shows are for dogs shown by their owners.
  • August 22 -- Break day, no shows.
  • August 24 -- Toy Dog Group
  • August 25-28 -- All-breed shows, specialties and obedience competition.
  • August 26 includes an American Kennel Club sanctioned match for puppies, after Best in Show.
  • August 27-28 -- American Kennel Club Basic Judging Institute and Junior Showmanship
  • August 27 shows are for dogs shown by their owners.

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Contact: Michaela Saunders, director of brand strategy, Visit Topeka, 785.234.1030
Robert Bostrom, president, Topeka Kennel Club, 785.224.0626