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Thursday, 04 June 2026

World Dog Show Italy 2026

Featured Written by ENCI

From 3 to 7 June 2026, in the pavilions of Bologna Fiere, the Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Italiana (ENCI) is organizing the WDS 2026, the most important dog show in the world and one of the most prestigious dog events organized worldwide.

The last World Dog Show organized in Italy, in 2015, had a high number of participants and is still defined as "The World Dog Show ever". The World Dog Show 2026 will take place on 3-4-5-6-7 June in an area of over 100,000 m2. The exhibition center is easily accessible by any means of transport. It offers large spaces, large car parks for exhibitors and public adjacent to the pavilions, as well as a large equipped area for those who will use the camper parks also near Fiera Bologna. There will be 400 dog breeds present. Around 30,000 registered dogs are expected. Breeders from all over the world will bring the best of dog breeding to the attention of an international jury made up of 200 expert judges, who will have the task of selecting the best dogs by evaluating their morphological characteristics and directing canine selection towards compliance with quality standards with animal welfare as an essential value.

At the end of the judgments, the chosen dogs will compete for the title of "BEST IN SHOW WDS 2026", parading in the most prestigious International Main Ring, in an atmosphere of great suspense and admiration for the dogs. Five days to spend together in which breeders from all over the world will be able to meet and exchange experiences and, more generally, all dog lovers will be able to admire, to know and to discover the friendliness, beauty and unique aptitudes of the different dog breeds: from the most widespread to the rarest, with particular attention to the extraordinary Italian dog breeds that have contributed to making ENCI known throughout the world.

An authentic point of reference for world dog breeding, ENCI is not only known for the skills expressed and the prestige of the events organized, but also for the concrete implementation of projects which have valorized the dog (in its inseparable relationship with man) as vector for improvement of contemporary society. To allow the public to deepen their knowledge of the wonderful four-legged universe, some experts will accompany enthusiasts on guided tours of the various pavilions, to discover the history, peculiar characteristics and most curious aspects of each dog breed.

Much more can be seen at WDS 2026: the spectacle of the most exciting dog sports, such as agility, obedience, dog dance and flyball. But also the demonstrations of canine units at work, dogs engaged in social activities on the front line alongside humans, rescue and search dogs who know how to find people trapped under the rubble. Many other activities will be presented to the public and those who wish will be able to go shopping in a large commercial area, where companies in the sector offer the best products and accessories. At the stand of Royal Canin, the main sponsor of the event, fun activities will be organized for children.

The reference point of the event, the Royal Canin space will be the place where you can acquire useful information, but also where you can meet up, take photographs and have a portrait or caricature made with your dog. We are sure that these meetings will intensify the collaboration among the Kennel Clubs with a view to the modern growth of international cynology. We look forward to seeing you in Bologna for the WDS 2026.

Dino Muto

Additional Info

  • Date: 3rd to 7th June 2026
  • Location: Bologna, Italy
  • Venue: BolognaFiere
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