A recent study by the American Kennel Club reveals that a large dog
show can bring in up to $1,075,000 into the local community in a single
weekend! AKC has long known that dog shows were a benefit to the local
economy, and now our newly-revised brochure “Economic Benefits
of AKC Dog Shows” will help us share this information with the
fancy and local leaders. You can view a PDF of the brochure here.
The four-color brochure details the information in colored graphs which
breakdown how much money is spent at a particular size show and where
the money is spent. A small show with less than 1,000 entries can be
expected to bring in $319,200, and a mid-sized show with 1,000 –
2,500 entrants can contribute up to $588,000. Overall, purebred dog
fanciers spend more than $330 million at AKC shows nationwide.
Participants spend the majority of their money on meals (23%), lodging
(20%) and supplies and crafts purchased at the show (21%) but also spend
significant sums on items such as gasoline, entertainment and apparel.
The Canine Legislation department knows that it can be very important
for local elected officials to understand the economic benefits that
dog shows and events bring to the community, and we encourage you to
share this information with your representatives.