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Originally published March 10, 2010 at 7:00 PM | Page modified March 17, 2010 at 1:57 PM

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Weekend highlight

It's show time for Seattle's canines

Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show, March 13-14, 2010, Qwest Field Event Center, Seattle.

Seattle Times staff

The details

Time: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Cost: $10/adults; $5/ages 62 and older and ages 5-14; free for children 4 and younger.

Location: Qwest Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle.

Getting there: Sound Transit Link light-rail information, 206-398-5000 or soundtransit.org. Metro Transit information, call 206-553-3000 or see tripplanner.metrokc.gov/.

More information: 206-381-7555 or www.seattlekennelclub.org.

Thousands of dogs and their handlers, including Keegan, a local Irish water spaniel just back from winning Best of Breed at the legendary Westminster Dog Show in New York, compete for canine perfection at the Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show this weekend at Qwest Field Event Center.

Keegan and his handler, Stacy Duncan, of Woodinville, hope to extend their 47 Best-of-Breed winning streak in conformation, the signature event in AKC (American Kennel Club) dog shows that evaluates dogs according to standards for the ideal size, color, structure and temperament of each breed.

Dogs also compete at agility, competing in speed and accuracy as they traverse a maze of obstacles; rally, stations requiring skills the dog performs with the help of its handler; and obedience events. Agility, rally and herding demonstrations include mixed-breed as well as purebred dogs.

Tours of the show, led by Seattle Kennel Club show veterans, are limited to small groups so guides can answer questions about dog competition for people of every level of interest and experience. Tours start on the hour, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; sign up in advance online or on a space-available basis at the show's information table, near the main entrance.

Canine entertainment at the show includes duck-herding demonstrations, the Seattle Police Department Canine Unit, Olympic Disc Dogs, F.I.D.O. (First in Dog Obedience) Drill Team, and Emerald City K-9 Freestyle Dancers, featuring dog-and-handler dancing. Military working dogs from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, including many who have worked as drug- and bomb-detection dogs in Iraq and Afghanistan or are heading there, are a new feature at this year's show.

"Meet the Breeds" hosts owners of many breeds answering questions about their temperaments and requirements and more than 70 vendors offer dog-related products, services and information. Information on show activities, local dog resources and answers to dog questions of all kinds are available at the Seattle Kennel Club booth near the main show entrance.

Madeline McKenzie: 206-464-8245 or mmckenzie@seattletimes.com

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