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World's biggest dog show takes place in Leipzig

Jan Tomes
November 8, 2017

While some 30,000 canines are set to meet in Leipzig for the World Dog Show, the largest of its type in the world, discover 10 dog breeds that originated in Germany as well as the most iconic dogs in culture.

Pudel Nico
Image: picture-alliance/dpa


Held from November 8 - 12, the World Dog Show is the place to be for dog fanatics. During the show, dogs will compete in various sports events at the Leipzig Trade Fair and will be spoiled by numerous culinary choices —  with 185 pet food stands altogether.

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While agility, obedience, junior handler, conformation and other demonstrations and parades will take place over the five days of the event, the schedule also includes rather controversial categories such as the "Dog Dancing World Championship."

The dogs who win in any category are awarded the title "World Champion."

Overall, the exhibition, which was first held in 1971 in Budapest, expects to welcome more than 30,000 dogs from 73 nation this year. It is the seventh time the show takes place in Germany.

Many dog breeds have actually originated in the country. Discover which ones in the gallery above. The gallery below revisits some of the most iconic dogs of pop culture.