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Record crowds at 2018 Sydney Dog Lovers Show

Record crowds at the Sydney Dog Lovers Show last week-end prove it is as popular as ever ...

The 2018 Sydney Dog Lovers Show welcomed around 30,000 visitors at the Royal Hall of Industries and Hordern Pavilion in Moore Park on August 4 - 5. 

The continued growth of the show has forced organisers Event Management International to relocate to the Sydney Showground in 2019 (3 - 4 August) to ensure they can better accommodate bigger crowds, introduce a range of new K9-inspired features and of course even more beautiful dogs! 

This year’s Sydney Dog Lovers Show was bigger and better than ever before with over 500 beautiful dogs of all shapes and sizes representing more than 100 breeds, with visitors saturated in licks, love and maybe a sprinkling of slobber. 

Dog-tragics were treated to an abundance of special guests on the Pet Circle Stage including the much loved TV vet Dr Chris Brown who provided top tips on how to ‘Make winter wonderful for your dog’, Dr Katrina Warren, Kelly Gill and the Wonderdogs presented ‘Easy tricks you can teach your dog at home’ and Andrew Morley presented his ‘Guide to dog adoption’.

Dog lovers cheered on four-legged participants in the state’s first-ever Common Woof Games. International canines from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and England battled it out for gold, silver and bronze medals in a spectacular competition. 

The Puppy Run was the newest event to hit the Royal Canin Arena with home grown Kelpie ‘Buddy’ taking out the coveted title. Long-time champion, ‘Pablo’ the German Spitz Klein from Canada, also collected his fifth world title in the Mini Dog Hurdles.

Crowd favourite the BlackHawk DockDogs, attracted a sea of fans with Jed the Border Collie X Cattle Dog taking out the pro-division with an incredible 22-foot 3-inch leap.

Sporty dogs were not the only ones drawing a crowd as over 20 Insta-famous dogs strutted the red carpet in the Insta-Pooch Zone. Some of the big names in attendance included Simba the Samoyed, Mr Biscuit the Pug and the stars of Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol, Chase and Marshall who met fans all weekend.

In another exciting first, the Sheepdog Speed Trials saw Australian Working Dog Rescue International (AWDRI) simulate a huge outdoor sheep herding zone on-site. Rescue dogs took it in turns to impress onlookers with how fast they could herd sheep with guidance from their expert handlers.

The beloved Dog Adoption Stage had another successful year educating visitors on all things adoption with the expanded Dog Adoption Zone providing an opportunity for pups in need to find fur-ever homes.

Other show highlights included the A to Z of pooches, from cheerful Chihuahuas and giant German Shepherds in the Breed Showcase and a dog lovers paradise at the Houndztooth Pat-A-Pooch Zone.

The Dog Lovers Show returns to Brisbane on November 3 - 4, 2019, whilst the first-ever Cat Lovers Show pounces on Melbourne on 8 - 9 September 2018.

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MEDIA RELEASE, 13th August 2018

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