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Canines gear up for contest

Get ready for some four-legged action and furry fun for two days.

Canines of different breeds, sizes and colours will take over the archery ground at JRD Tata Sports Complex on January 12 and 13 as the 49th and 50th annual dog show gets underway in the steel city.

Jamshedpur Kennel Club organises the event every year.

Although the number of entries this year, about 272, is less when compared to the 350 participants of last year, the organisers cited the past record to claim that the response had been good so far. A few years ago, the number of entries was below 100, but it has improved drastically over the years.

In 2011, 253 dogs had participated in the show.

“The number of local entries has increased to a great extent this year. We are really happy about this as till sometime ago, there used to be very few entries for the competition. The awareness level increased over the years and more and more people brought their dogs to participate in the annual event,” said R.K. Sinha, member of Jamshedpur Kennel Club.

Besides Jamshedpur, Entries have poured in from Ranchi, Dhanbad, Calcutta, Allahabad and Lucknow. While an obedience test will be held on the first day, the second day is for all breeds test. Judges have been finalised.

Like every year, the dog show will have about 26 breeds, including rare ones like Caravan Hound, Afghan Hound, Saluki, Akita, St Bernard, English Mastiff, Bullmastiff, Rottweiler, Irish Setter, Giant Schnauzer. Also, there will be popular breeds like the German Shepherd, Doberman, Labrador, Great Dane, Beagle, Pug and Chihuahua.

“The maximum number of entries are of Pugs, Beagles, Labrador and German Shepherd. A lot of rare breeds, which usually cannot be seen, also come. We get many entries from other cities as this is one of the most respected shows held in the country,” Sinha said.

The overall winner of the Jamshedpur dog show, a national-level contest, will get the chance to take a shot for the Dog of the Year title conferred by the Kennel Club of India.