Jun 12, 2010 6:34 PM by Mekialaya White

Colorado Springs dog show brings thousands

Thousands of owners primped their pooches for the 6th Annual American Kennel Club Dog Show in Colorado Springs on Saturday.

The Colorado Springs Kennel Club hosted the show, accommodating close to 1,500 dogs of nearly 130 different breeds at the Phil Long Expo Center. Dogs were judged on their performance and overall looks, and visitors were given the opportunity discuss any and everything with breeding experts.

"We are delighted to welcome spectators back to the dog show," said Marta Alfred, Publicity Chair 2010 of the Colorado Springs Kennel Club, of the event, which bought in competitors from all over the United States and Canada.

According to a survey by the AKC, not only does the annual show provide entertainment for dog lovers of all ages, it also can bring revenue to the city. The recent survey suggests that two days of shows with 2,000 participants can generate approximately $300,000 to Colorado Springs' economy.

The Colorado Springs Kennel Club's President Douglas Johnson explained, "People rent hotel rooms, and they usually stay three or four nights in the hotel. Plus, we have different restaurants at night that we patronize based on what people's tastes are."

For more information on the Colorado Springs Kennel club and AKC, visit


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