There are many kennel clubs throughout the world, with the Federation Cynologique Internationale (English: World Canine Organisation) serving as the international federation of kennel clubs. The American Kennel Club and the Westminster Kennel Club are also large well-known organizations based in America and Britain.
All three of the clubs' calendars show the dates and locations of upcoming dog shows. The calendar of the Federation Cynologique Internationale only lists the dates and locations of upcoming shows, whereas the American Kennel Club calendar also provides the names of the judges and records of recent Best in Show winners.
The Westminster Kennel Club has a more varied event schedule. For example, in addition to the dog shows that the Westminster Kennel Club is well-known for, other events feature diverse programs ranging from fine art sales with proceeds benefiting nonprofit organizations associated with dog rescue to award luncheons for purebred dog writers and dog painting meetups. The calendar of the American Kennel Club and Federation Cynologique Internationale, however, only list upcoming purebred dog shows and coursing events.
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a two-day all-breed benched conformation show that takes place annually at Madison Square Garden in New York City, being first held in 1877. The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is an annual event held in Orlando, Florida, and is by invitation only. The dogs invited to the show have either finished their championship from the bred-by-exhibitor class or ranked in the Top 25 of their breed. The FCI hosts World Dog Shows in several large cities throughout the world every year.