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300 dogs representing 18 breeds will be on show

  • Emphasis will be on popularising the famous Mudhol breed
  • Separate category to be introduced for amateur dog breeders

    SHIMOGA: A dog show will be held at Mahatma Gandhi Park here on November 19. It is being organised by the zilla panchayat, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences Department, Karnataka Veterinarians Association, University of Veterinary Sciences and Rotary Club.

    Deputy director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences R.R. Ravindra told presspersons here on Wednesday said that nearly 300 dogs representing 18 breeds would be on show, including Rotweillers, Great Danes and St. Bernards.

    Mr. Ravindra said the main objectives of the show were to enlighten people about the utility of domesticated dogs, suggest various species of dogs for various purposes and guide prospective dog breeders. The emphasis of the show would be on popularising the famous Mudhol breed, which was on the verge of extinction, he said.

    Mr. Ravindra said the president of the Mysore Kennel Society of Bangalore, B.C. Ramakrishna, and his team would head the panel of judges for selecting the winners.

    There would be dogs on sale during the show, he said.

    Separate category

    A separate category would be introduced in the show for amateur dog breeders if the members of the committee agreed. This would avoid amateur dog rearers being pushed to the background. He said an animal birth control programme would be taken up in association with non-governmental organisations in the district to check the menace of stray dogs.