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American Kennel Club Holds ‘Meet The Breeds’ Event

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 17: Moose, a Leonberger, and Dr. Joe embrace during the second annual 'Meet the Breeds' showcase of cats and dogs at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on October 17, 2010 in New York City. 'Meet the Breeds' is hosted by The American Kennel Club and Cat Fanciers Association, and 160 dog breeds and 41 cat breeds were presented this year. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – OCTOBER 17: Moose, a Leonberger, and Dr. Joe embrace during the second annual ‘Meet the Breeds’ showcase of cats and dogs at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on October 17, 2010 in New York City. ‘Meet the Breeds’ is hosted by The American Kennel Club and Cat Fanciers Association, and 160 dog breeds and 41 cat breeds were presented this year. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — People searching for the perfect pet headed to the West Side Sunday for the annual Meet the Breeds event.

The American Kennel Club held its annual event at the Jacob Javits Convention Center to introduce prospective pet owners to more than 200 breeds of dogs and cats.

Animal experts say such a meet and greet can help people select pets that can fit their personality and lifestyle.

“If you are a couch potato, for you to get a German shepherd or a full-fledged herding dog is not going to be right for you, because they are a very high energy dog,” said dog trainer Gina Rizzo.

But a medieval mastic may be perfect for said couch potato.

“They really just want to be next to you hanging out on the couch taking nice short walks, everywhere you are, that’s where they want to be,” Rizzo said.

And those who want to own a chow chow have to be tough, or the dogs will show them who is boss.

Trainers said that is why prospective pet owners should search for the whole package for animals that will complement their personalities and lifestyles.

Those who might have missed the chance to Meet the Breeds can still contact the American Kennel Club for more information.

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