London Pet Show: Review

The next attraction on my list was The London Pet Show at Earls Court 2  which was on May 11th & 12th.

So what sort of attractions do they have to offer the public, you say? As the name suggests, The London Pet Show exhibits a whole range of species such as;

  • Fish
  • Birds (Definitely wins the most noisiest award)
  • Pigs
  • Hedgehogs
  • Rats
  • Snakes
  • *Breathes in*
  • Ferrets
  • Ponies
  • Rabbits
  • Cats and of course, my personal favourite, Dogs.

This was a great events to interact with all sorts of animals, big or small and the people who own and work with them. My job was to Steward the breed booths at the Discover Dogs area, making sure both breeders and their dogs were happy and comfortable. Unlike the main Discover Dogs event in November with 200 breeds, The London Pet Show only accommodated 50 breeds, generally the most popular breeds were there including one of my breeds, the Beagle!

I’ve always thought Discover Dogs is a great event for the public, each breed booth has its individual breed and you can talk face to face with the breeders and owners of the breed. It’s a brilliant way of interacting with and finding out about different breeds. The Kennel Club had a stand there to assist anyone enquire about registering and YKC information along with a display ring which was hugely popular including performances by handlers and notably, the ‘Southern Golden Retriever Display Team’.

Here’s a short clip of Rufus having a go at the agility ring! (can’t imagine how hot it must have been inside that costume!)

Pretty much summed up my thoughts on the Staffordshire Bull Terriers!
Pretty much summed up my thoughts on the Staffordshire Bull Terriers!

Discover Dogs is also a great opportunity if you ever decide to get a puppy and you’re not sure what breed you’re looking for, you can browse all the different breeds and with the owners giving advice and information you can make an informed opinion of which breed is suitable for you. Or it’s just a great chance to familiarise yourself with so many different breeds!

Here are some more pictures that happened around Discover Dogs;


I also had a chance to meet some really interesting people in various industries including Dr. Daniel Allen who is a wildlife author, editor, otter expert and pet magazine columnist amongst other things!


We had a great chat about his new group, PET NATION which had a stand at the show. It’s aim is to “help raise awareness about species-specific care, and, make potential pet owners think more seriously about adding animals to their family.” [Dan’s Website] Raising awareness about responsible ownership is always something I’ve wanted to be involved in. Sounds very exciting and I’m sure I’ll be seeing them again in the not-so-distant future. You can find out more about it here.

I was amazed to see things like show rosettes for rats, I could only imagine the image of what a rat show would be like!  I had a chance to see the rabbits doing agility, jumping over hurdles and obstacles which was a delight to watch. Also learning about cat shows and seeing all the types of cats, some of them were unbelievably huge, and cute… I’m still certain that one day they’ll attempt to take over the world – you heard it here first!

Overall it was a great experience to have an insight to various species of animals and what they do, being able to converse with some really passionate and enthusiastic people who have grown up with these pets. Indeed growing up  with pets no matter what species enables children to learn many things in life and it’s certainly an experience every child should go through. I look forward to next year!


8 thoughts on “London Pet Show: Review

  1. Great – James is excellent in Rufus. Our Beagles were really tired the next day with all those people especially children stroking them. As you said so many don’t get the opportunity to be with so many furry friends under one roof

  2. Indeed, your hounds did a terrific job there, well done for looking after the Beagle stand. It can be so draining! It was amusing seeing all the dogs absolutely shattered by the end of the day.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful day out for all the family, while educating children and adults on the benefits of owning a pet 🙂 Brilliant

  4. The life span expectancy of your Akita is roughly 10-13 many years. As with several breed of dogs there are a number of medical problems to make note of. The involve luxating patella, thyroid problems, lupus, many forms of cancer, vWD, PRA, skin conditions, and autoimmune challenges. Both parents of one’s pet ought to have OFA and CERF accreditation and turn into Thyroid gland examined. The Akita reproduce is definitely a loyal and loyal one particular, which is generally tranquil and clever too. They can on the other hand be hard instruction as a result of remaining hard to clean and simply becoming bored. Also they are sometimes intense from each other Akitas and smaller family pets. In any other case they can be excellent house dogs. They want reasonable, but physical fitness. Akitas are usually often proves to be very tranquil, only shouting should there be a little something to start barking about.

  5. Vulnerable Native Breeds The Kennel Club is particularly concerned with protecting some breeds of dog which are of British origin and are considered to be vulnerable native breeds i.e. those whose numbers are declining and whose status within the world of dogs has diminished over a number of years.

  6. I often see people who purchase a pet store puppy because they want to “rescue” it. By doing so, they support a system that allows dogs to live in misery. I realize their hearts are in the right places and they want to save the dog. I also realize that they do not know what happens to the unsold pet shop dogs, so I wanted to tell you about three pet store puppies and what happened to them. They are a Pug and two Westies, all nine weeks old. The miller breeds for the pet trade and sent them off to the pet store to be sold. When they got there, the store owner discovered all three had physical defects. The Pug had a bum knee and the Westies had hernias. The pet store owner, not wanting to lose money, called the miller and arranged to send them back. The miller took them back. This is what happens to most unsold puppies in pet stores. Of course, the miller had no use for them. That is where rescue comes in. Many rescues work to develop a relationship with the millers. It is not easy because what they do is a horror to those who rescue dogs, but it helps the animals from death in some situations. The miller called a friend of mine who works at a rescue and told her what happened. She said that if my friend wanted them, she could have them. No money changed hands and as I type, those puppies are in the vet’s office being altered and otherwise fixed up. Once they are better, they will be posted for adoption. I realize that this is not the fate of every unsold puppy, but it really is typical. So next time a sweet little puppy in the pet store catches your eye, go home and check out breed rescue. Many times, you can find a dog or puppy who was bred under the same conditions that pet store dogs are, but is up to date on shots and vetted. Same quality, better price, vetted and you will not be feeding the cycle of misery.

  7. Discover Dogs gives the public an opportunity to meet representatives of all pedigree dog breeds and chat with breed experts about the suitability of the breed as a pet. It also hosts the Scruffts Family Crossbreed of the Year competition which is a dog show for cross breeds. Mixed breed dogs can compete in classes like prettiest bitch, handsomest dog, golden oldie and child’s best friend. In 2012, four heats of Scruffts were staged at the Discover Dogs event and the winner of each heat will go forward to compete in a final being held at Crufts 2013 for the first time. Heats of Scruffts are held at canine events throughout the UK in the previous year but only one heat is held in Scotland.

  8. The Young Kennel Club has it’s own stand at the show to welcome new and existing members. Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Communications Director, said: “ Discover Dogs is a unique platform to celebrate dogs in our society and educate dog lovers about the many different breeds of pedigree dog. It is not only an opportunity for dog lovers to find their perfect breed, but also to find out about the many fun events and activities they can take part in with dogs and how they can be a responsible dog owner.” Discover Dogs has firmly established itself as London’s premier dog event. It provides dog lovers with the chance to not only meet hundreds of dogs over the course of their visit, but also to talk to owners and breed experts. Visitors can also find out about everything from health to training, and agility to grooming by attending one of the many free displays and seminars at the show.Dog ownership comes with plenty of responsibility and Discover Dogs hopes to teach the fundamentals in a fun and engaging way. The four show rings will be packed full with exciting doggie displays and competitions for pedigree, crossbred and mixed breed dogs alike. Dogs from all walks of life will be present, from those that work as Pets as Therapy and assistance dogs, to Metropolitan Police dogs – all displaying their fantastic, often life saving talents. There is also the opportunity to engage in some serious retail therapy with over 100 trade stands selling just about everything you can think of for you and your canine companion.

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