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Canines to step in style for show

Dec. 10: German Shepherds from Shillong, Labradors from Calcutta, Afghan Hounds from Lucknow, Golden Retrievers — more than 200 canines belonging to different breeds are expected to converge in the city for the all-India dog show to be held on December 23.

The seventh and eighth editions of the All India All Breed Dog Show organised by Guwahati Kennel Club will begin at 10am at Latasil playground.

The organisers today said 200 dog lovers from Delhi, Calcutta, Bhubaneswar, Lucknow and the Northeast have already registered for the contest and the number of participants are likely to go up.

“Almost all the dog breeds available in India are likely to take part in the show. We have received very good response so far. There will be two rings (seventh and eighth edition) and the best dogs will be selected based on their looks, teeth, walk, trot, and behaviour among other criteria. The Kennel Club of India will present a trophy to the champion of both the shows,” Santanu Gogoi, publicity secretary of Guwahati Kennel Club, told reporters here today. Two international-level judges, Rajiv Shandilya and Sarat Sarma, will conduct the show.

“The basic purpose of organising the show is to unite dog lovers on a common platform so that they can exchange knowledge, suggestions and experiences related to dogs. We have received very good response to our shows earlier. This year, too, we hope to have a great event,” he said.

“Good knowledge about dogs is necessary for pet-lovers, since some pet shop owners sell low quality puppies bred by backyard breeders. They advertise in newspapers, claiming that the puppies are KCI-registered, and sell them at high prices. We urge all dog lovers to join our show. This will help them to select and procure pure-breed dogs registered under the KCI,” Gogoi said.

The Guwahati Kennel Club, was set up in 1996. It received affiliation from the Kennel Club of India in 1999. It organised its first pet parade in 1998. “Apart from dog shows, we organise workshops on pets for people and schoolchildren,” Gogoi said.