An assembly of angels

FROM THE towering Great Danes, to the tiny Jack Russles; all dogs great and small were present at the All Breeds Championship Dog Show held in Bangalore Palace Grounds yesterday.

The ninth annual show, organised by the Bangalore Canine Club, was attended by over 400 dogs and their owners from throughout India. Rajya Lakshmi, Secretary, Bangalore Canine Club, said: "The dog show is like a beauty contest. Each breed has its own breed standard and the judges look how closely each dog matches this.

An assembly of angels

They check that the dog's height, shoulders, and muzzle all conform to the standard measurements."

International judges, Guy Spagnolo from Australia and Ole Staunsjkaer from Denmark, decided which dogs deserved to be called the "Best Dog in Show," and awarded prizes in each breed category.

An assembly of angels

The entries at the dog show varied. Chilli, the Great Dane, was a veteran in the dog show world. Its owners said: "Chilli has entered many shows and gets daily grooming and exercise training."

Many other owners had simply entered their favourite pet. Owner of first time competitor, Denis, a Golden Retriever, said: "I registered without any preparation what so ever but Denis is such a good dog. I am sure the judges will fall in love with him."

The most popular breeds to be entered this year were the ever loveable Labradors and guard dog, German Shepherds.

The limelight of the show, however, was stolen by a Siberian Husky who came with its owners from Coimbatore, the only dog of its kind in India.

Agnieszka Hindley Photos: K. Bhagya Prakash

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