Detroit Kennel Club Show returns to Novi June 23-24

By: Tiffany Esshaki | C&G Newspapers | Published June 12, 2018

NOVI — Dog lovers are hardly a new breed. Our affinity for pups goes back more than 100 years, in fact.

That’s when the Detroit Kennel Club started celebrating its annual dog show, and the revelry continues June 23 and 24 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The all-breed dog shows and obedience trials will give the public the chance to get up close and cuddly with the show dogs, breeders and canine care experts.

One of the stars of next weekend’s shows will be Flynn, a bichon frise who took home the Best in Show title from the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Show. His handler, Lorrie Carlton, said little Flynn is enjoying the attention he’s getting on his current press tour.

“He’s not over-the-top in meeting people, by any means, but he’s got this aura that says, ‘look at me.’ He loves people coming up to him,” she said. “His qualities exemplify what the breed standards are — his showmanship, his attitude.”

Carlton said earning the Westminster prize was a “breeder’s surreal dream,” likening the experience to winning the Super Bowl. Sharing that feeling with the community is what the DKC is all about.

In the words of the late Erik Bergishagen, “Once a year, this show offers people the opportunity to visit with breeders who are committed to their breeds,” he said in a previous interview. “This show is a great resource for puppy buyers, but more than that, it’s a celebration of dogs and their role in everyday life.”

Guests will be able to watch the  dogs in action, from barn hunt demonstrations to rally obedience course performances. Between shows, vendors and pet experts will be on hand to answer questions about everything from temperament and breed characteristics to grooming and health.

The Detroit Kennel Club Dog Shows will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 23 and 24. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-10 and seniors 65 and older. Admission is free for children 5 and younger. Tickets are only available at the door and are sold separately for each day.

The Suburban Collection Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi.

For more information, visit DetroitKennelClub.org.