Brussels is going to the dogs

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The Royal Society Saint-Hubert is hosting the European Dog Show of 2016. The society dates back to 1882, and retains the King of Belgium as the Honourary Chariman. The society was one of the founding members of the Federation Cynologique International, which was begun in 1911 by the Royal Society and by the kennel clubs of France (Société Centrale Canine de France), the Netherlands (Raad van Beheer op Kynologisch Gebied in Nederland), Austria (Osterreichischer Kynologenverband), and Germany (Kartell für das Deutsche Hundewesen and Die Delegierten-Commission), and then disbanded for the duration of the First World War.

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The show will take place from the 26th to the 28th August, between 9am and 6pm. Tickets can be purchased here, with free admission for children under 13 at 10 euro per person and 6 euro per visiting dog (much cheaper than the fees that were paid to enter dogs in the show). Information on finding dog-friendly accommodation in Brussels is here. In addition to the show itself there will be 2,000 metres squared of shopping, across 5 halls of the Brussels Expo. 

Registrations have closed for this year’s European Dog Show. Interestingly, dogs without a pedigree may be shown under the rules of the Royal Society, if they achieve ‘Very good or excellent under two different judges, in open class’. 

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Patrick Bontick, CEO at visitbrussels: “The first dog show in Brussels was organised in 1847. The fact that the European Dog Show, the largest dog show in the world, is organised in Brussels 150 years later, feels like a home coming.”

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