Canine lovers flaunt their darling pets

Canine lovers flaunt their darling pets

Canine lovers flaunt their darling pets

Over 450 dogs of 45 breeds from across India took part in the day-long 108th and 109th All India Championship Dog Show organised by the Mysore Kennel Club at the Veterinary College campus here on Sunday.

Some of the popular breeds, which attracted the eyeballs at the show, were Mudhol Hound, Golden Retriever, Beagle, Boxer, Poodle, Labrador, Dachshund, Mastiff, German Shepherd, Afghan Hound and Doberman.

The new breed which was very popular this year was Newfoundland. There were a lot more Saint Bernards competing this year than last.

But there were fewer Huskies. Competition was divided into various categories depending upon age, breed and gender. But one of the interesting competitions was the Junior Handler in which those aged 12-16 year old showed off their wards.

Fashionably clad men, women and children were seen posing and showing off the talent and beauty of their pets. The venue and the Hebbal main road teemed with participants and animal lovers. Many pet shops and pharmaceutical firms had set up their stalls at the venue.

Sreenagar Bettasamy, a participant, said, “I love dogs. Through such competitions, one gets to see all rare dog breeds and learn about them. I have been participating for six years now and my dog has won thrice.

I have seven breeds of Saint Bernard at my home.” Another participant, Smitha, said her pet ‘Petre’ was most loved at home. “I get to spend very little time with him and whatever I do brings me peace. I’m here to see the other breeds and showcase my talented canine.”

The dog show was inaugurated by the State police chief, Lalrokhuma Pachuau. Among the attendees were Dr C Renuka Prasad, the Vice Chancellor of Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, Bidar, Dr H M Jayaprakasha, the university’s Registrar, and the General Manager of Pet Care, Provimi Animal Nutrition India Private Limited, M Sanjay Jaiswal.
DH News Service