Dog Days of May?

The York County Kennel Club of Maine, Inc. and Vacationland Dog Club, Inc. present the 7th Annual Southern Maine Coastal Classic where hundreds of dogs will converge in Scarborough for the state’s largest canine event. The event features four days, Thursday, May 19, through Sunday, May 22, of AKC All Breed Dog Shows and Obedience and Rally Trials.   All activities begin at 8 a.m. each day, outdoors rain or shine, at Wassamki Springs Campground, 56 Saco St, Scarborough, Maine.

The public is welcome to attend and meet some of AKC’s 180 recognized breeds and observe the various activities throughout the day. Admission each day is $5 per vehicle.  There is ample parking in and around the campground.  Wassamki’s snack bars will serve food throughout the day.  Also, be sure to visit the vendors offering cool items for man’s best friend.

Kennel Club

This year SMCC invites AKC-enrolled All-American Mixed Breeds to enter Obedience and Rally Competitions.  To be eligible, your dog must be enrolled in AKC’s Canine Partners Listing and be spayed or neutered.  For details, click here.

Watch puppies enter the ring for the first time in the 4 to 6 Month Beginner Puppy Competition.  Offered only on Sunday, this competition introduces new exhibitors, and their puppies ages 4 to 6 months, to showing in a stress free environment — separate from the regular judging.  AKC-recognized and “rare breeds” are eligible to compete for points toward a Certificate of Merit.  This competition offers exhibitors more ring experience and gets puppies socialized at a critical stage in their lives.

Junior handlers are important to the future of the sport so we offer Junior Showmanship all four days.  Open to children 9 to 18 years old, with Open, Intermediate and Novice classes, the child is judged on his/her ability to handle and present the dog rather than the dog being judged.

In addition to the regular activities, on Thursday the Maine Golden Retriever Club hosts a supported entry of its breed.  The Best Bred By Exhibitor Competition is presented on Friday, and is open to non-champion dogs; the person handling the dog must be the owner or co-owner and breeder of the dog. For spectators this is an ideal way to see a particular breed and meet the breeder.

Saturday is a full day with supported entries by the Pine Tree State Doberman Pinscher Club, Inc., the Bearded Collie Club of America, Inc., the Maine Golden Retriever Club, the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Nashoba Valley, and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America.  To honor the older show dogs, there is also a Best Veteran Competition open to dogs 7 years old and over.

Sunday resumes with regular activities as well as supported entries hosted by the Pine Tree State Doberman Pinscher Club, Inc. and the Bearded Collie Club of America, Inc.

To learn more about the Vacationland Dog Club, the York County Kennel Club,  or the  Wassamki Springs Campground, visit their websites.