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500 entries expected for championship dog show

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Special programmes organised for Boxers and Dobermans



OWNER'S PRIDE: A dog owner poses with her participant in the All Breeds Championship Dog Show, in Bangalore on Wednesday. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Bangalore: This weekend Palace Grounds will hear barks and yelps, of a most decorous kind, as more than 450 pedigree dogs from throughout the country compete in the Annual All Breeds Championship Dog Shows organised by the Bangalore Canine Club, affiliated to Kennel Club of India.

Bangalore Canine Club's honorary general secretary R. Rajyalakshmi told presspersons that a record number of entries were registered this year and might come close to 500. At least 200 will be from other parts of the country, including Punjab, West Bengal and Maharashtra.

Bangalore had the distinction of being home to 140 top dog breeders of the country and between them, they registered 300 litters of puppies annually. Canine champions from here travel regularly to compete at dog shows in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. Many come back with trophies.

On Saturday, there will be special events for Boxers and Dobermans and on Sunday, it will be for all breeds. The show and judging of categories within each breed will take considerable time, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. This year the venue will be covered; the organisers are taking no chances with rain. The judges are veterans from the U.S., Canada and Australia and some from India. There will be separate sections for dogs bred in India and for Indian breeds such as the Mudhol Hound. This year's first time entrants will be breeds such as the Irish Wolfhound, Maltese and Russian Black Terrier. The winners at dog shows around the country get to compete at the national level, earning "points" from the KCI for winning at various regional shows. The highest tally of points is taken into account at the All India level. That winner will get The Hindu Dog of The Year trophy. Last year the winner was Nagaraj Shetty's Siberian Husky from Bangalore.

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