April 28, 2016

Summer-Pet-Events-hero Maine Coon cats will be on show at Rassehunde Ausstellung in Germany. Flickr user Laura Bittner

As any pet owner will know, going on holiday without your pet is not an easy thing to do. This is where we come in! With Eurotunnel Le Shuttle you can travel from Folkestone to Calais with your pet by your side in just 35 minutes. From there, the whole of Continental Europe is within easy reach. To help you plan the summer holiday of a lifetime, we’ve selected a few of our favourite upcoming pet events in France and beyond.

Rassehunde Ausstellung

While Rassehunde Ausstellung translates to dog show, this event is not just for dog lovers. The show, which is held over two days in mid-June, includes two dog shows, one cat show and a whole area full of vendors displaying their pet-related goods. The event is hosted at the Messe Erfurt convention centre, a large exhibition space in Erfurt, the capital city of the Thuringia region.

The first day of the show, Saturday the 18th of June, will see Germany’s National Dog Show take place, followed by the International Dog Show the next day. Hundreds of dogs and their owners will compete in both shows, hoping to win points and be awarded the title of Best in Show. At the same time, but in a separate hall, the FCI International Cat Exhibition will be taking place. Saturday’s show will include Siamese, Thai, Oriental short and long hair, and Balinese cats, while Sunday is reserved for Maine coon, Norwegian forest and Siberian cats.

Rassehunde Ausstellung takes place on the 18th-19th June in Erfurt, Germany.


Held every year in Tarbes, a town in the Midi-Pyrénées, Equestria, as you may have guessed from its name, is a festival that’s all about horses. The festival was started in 1995 and has grown bigger year-on-year, with more than 45,000 people in attendance in 2015. Unlike a traditional horse fair, Equestria is a family friendly event that aims to showcase all things equestrian.

During the day, visitors can browse the vendors’ stalls for riding equipment and equestrian crafts, as well as jewellery, art and local produce, but the horse shows are probably the most anticipated attraction. The shows, which feature skilful artists and their horses, are held throughout the day and into the night. The ‘Night of Creations’ show is the highlight of the festival and is certainly not one to miss.

Horse lovers will have a great time at Equestria. © Flickr Mussi Katz

Equestria takes place on the 19th-24th of July in Tarbes, France.

European Dog Show 2016

Belgium has a long history of dog shows, as it was here that the first ever dog show was organised. Held in 1847 on the outskirts of Brussels, the show featured one breed only, the pointer, and three judges, alongside several exhibitors. Since then, a pedigree database has been established and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), the biggest canine organisation in the world, has been formed and regular dog shows have been held ever since.

2016’s European Dog Show will be held at the Brussels Expo centre over four days and will feature hundreds of different dog breeds. Each dog will go before specialist judges who will award them points based on their appearance and gait, as they vie for the title of Best in Show. This is a great event for any dog lover, and as Brussels is just over two hours’ drive from Calais, it’s perfect for a short getaway.

Corgi puppy  
Visitors to the European Dog Show will see all kinds of dogs. © Flickr VirtualWolf

The European Dog Show 2016 takes place on the 26th-28th August in Brussels, Belgium.

Plan your summer holiday

You can get from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes when you travel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. And you’ll never have to leave your pet behind again.

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