2018 Highlights

2019 show highlights coming late Summer — check back!


North American Diving Dogs

Sponsored by AVETS

It's the ultimate organization in the performance sport of dock diving. North America Diving Dogs is the only organization of its kind that offers diving dog titles recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Be prepared for some "big air" excitement and plan on getting wet!

Rabbit Hopping

Rabbit Hopping is modeled after horse show jumping. Rabbits must clear jumps of various heights without knocking down the cross bars.

Santa Paws
Photos with Santa

Santa visits Pittsburgh Pet Expo to find out which furry friends have been naughty or nice. Your pet can pose with Santa for a FREE photo. Santa photos with your pet will be available each day up until one hour before show ends. View your image online after the show.

Ask the Vet

Veterinarians from Avalon, Big Rock and Seven Fields Veterinary Hospitals answer questions and chat all things pets! Meet Dr. Ann Cirillo, Dr. Kim Morgan, Dr. Nicole Osche, Dr. Allison Neely and Dr. Carey McGowan.
Low-cost microchipping all 3 days;
$25 per pet.

Grooming Competition:
Rescue Me Rodeo Round Up

Sponsored by Dollar Bank

Join the fun with The International Judges Association Dog Grooming Competitions. Non-stop entertainment, dog grooming competitions, educational seminars for pet industry pros, plus competitions for the entire family. Bring your dog — you could win a prize!

Luring 101

The perfect sport and great exercise for dogs that love to chase. Lure coursing takes full advantage of a dog's natural abilitiy to fix its sight on and chase a target. Bring your dog and let the fun begin!

Steel City Reptile Demo

Steel City's Tom Kelly and his expert reptile educators educate and entertain. Families can experience the excitement of getting up-close and personal with these fascinating animals in a safe and educational way. Guests will have the opportunity for hands-on interaction and photos with snakes, tortoises, frogs, and lizards and more.

Steel City Weight Pull

Steel City Weight Pull hosts competition sanctioned by the World Wide Weight Pull Organization (W3PO). During a competition similar to the World’s Strongest Man Competition for human power lifters, trained dogs pull a weighted cart in single-eliminations until only the strongest dog remains.

Adoption Opportunities

Looking to add a new member to the family? Whether considering a playful kitten or mature canine, opportunities about. Local shelters and breed rescue groups can help you find the perfect match.

UpDog Challenge

This unique competition held on Friday and Saturday combines dogs, humans and frisbees for an exciting race to accumulate the most points in a variety of games including 4WayPlay, Frizgility, ThrowNGo and Freestyle. Finals hosted on Sunday raise the stakes with head-to-head competition where the winner advances for a chance to claim the championship.

City Vets Pet Checkups

City Vets veterinarians provide free five-minute healthy pet check consultations for dogs and cats. This consultation — including veterinarian recommendations — will assist with managing your pet’s health.

Cutest Pet in Pittsburgh
Photo Booth

Sponsored by Pittsburgh Magazine

Pose with your pet for a cover shot of Pittsburgh Magazine’s “Cutest Pet” issue.

Doxie Downs
National Dachshund Races

Sponsored by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

International Wiener Dog Racing Federation (WDRF) proudly sanctions this race with events for the entire family. Watch, laugh, cheer and support very worthy Dachshund charities.