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Who’s the best?: Two of the dogs that will participate in the two-day All India All Breed Dog Show.
Who’s the best?: Two of the dogs that will participate in the two-day All India All Breed Dog Show.

Staff Reporter

The annual All India All Breed Dog Show will be held on Saturday and Sunday

BANGALORE: The stray dogs sniffing around the Press Club got some posh company on Wednesday as dog lovers and members of the Bangalore Canine Club came together with some of their pooches to announce the annual All India All Breed Dog Show on Saturday and Sunday.

It will be a doggy dog world at Palace Grounds where hundreds of dog lovers will congregate to ensure that it is a barking good show.

The Bangalore Canine Club has already received 450 entries with over 50 breeds.

All in all, for dog lovers and their “best friends”, the event promises to wag their tails away!

Suresh P.A., President of the Show Committee for the Bangalore Canine Club takes the man’s best friend cliché one step forward, by saying that German Shepherds run in his blood.

“I have grown up with dogs and my dogs travel more than I do. They compete in international competitions worldwide.”

If you are one of Mr. Suresh’s 36 German Shepherds living on his huge farm on Bannerghatta Road, it may not be such a bad thing to have a dog’s life after all!

Point accumulation

Similar competitions held in cities across India work on a point accumulation system where every winning dog is awarded 16 points, which are put together to find the best dog in the country.

Shruthi Kirti Devi, who is starting a grooming parlour for dogs, says that her dog Sev is the love of her life. She plans to start a spa which will give massages and beauty treatment for dogs.

“I am crazy about dogs, so these shows are the best time of my life. My dogs look forward to it as much as I do,” she says. She has 11 dogs at home and says that her biggest problem is that they are not too friendly around strangers.

So what about the competitive spirit? Will the show be a dog-eat-dog world for these canines?

“Not really, the dogs do not even know what’s happening. They are judged on several parameters and they just cooperate,” she says.

Judges of repute, who have umpired several international level competitions such Ramon Podesta from Chile and Philip John from India, will preside over the event.

Prizes

There are prizes in several categories, such as Junior Handlers’ for children and Best Bred Dog.

The competition will be tough as the judges will evaluate the dogs on the basis of their talent, training and working ability, depending on the breed.

Watchdogs will have to watch well and sniffer dogs cannot afford to turn up their nose at the proceedings.

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