The annual Nolan River Kennel Club will be held at the Somervell County Expo Center Saturday, Jan. 3 and Sunday Jan. 4.

Judging programs begin at 8 a.m. each day and includes 145 breeds with more than 2,000 dogs scheduled to compete.

A specialty show with approximately 400 dogs from four different breeds will be on Friday at the Expo Center.

The Canine Good Citizen program takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and is open to any dog six months or older.

Dogs must demonstrate a calm disposition by allowing a stranger to pet the dog, accepting a brief exam and grooming, walking loosely on a leash without pulling, following basic commands, interacting calmly with other people and dogs, and remaining calm during the absence of the owner.

Owners must also qualify by proving they are responsible. Vaccines must be up to date and the pet must be confined to the owner's property.

The registration fee is $10 and participants can sign up for testing any time during the testing hours.

A full description of tests is available at

A practice match will be held on Saturday. Entry is open to dogs four months or older that are AKC eligible. The entry fee is $7 and open until 2 p.m.

Events that will take place both days include obedience and rally obedience classes that begin at 8 a.m.

Rally obedience includes an obstacle course for dogs and owners. More than 100 dogs will compete in the category each day.

Handlers between the ages of 10 and 18 years will have a chance to practice their skills during junior showmanship classes. Winners earn college scholarships and qualify to compete at shows such as Westminster in New York City. Classes start at 2:50 p.m. each day.

Top dogs from seven breed groups will compete for the title of Best in Show each day at 3 p.m.

Conformation classes will also be held each day. Here, dogs are judged based on breed specific standards that have developed over years. Each breed has a standard that governs how the dog should look and act.

Herding instinct tests are set for both days. Dogs will be tested to see if they are able to perform tasks they were originally bred to do. Dogs such as Border Collies will be tested with sheep to see if they can still herd livestock effectively.

Clinics to test for eye disease and to microchip dogs will also be available.

Shows are held under American Kennel Club rules and regulations.

Spectators are invited to come and enjoy the show for free.