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Big breeds steal canine show thunder

Every canine had its day of pride at the two-day Jamshedpur Kennel Club’s 49th and 50th Championship Dog Show on archery grounds, JRD Tata Sports Complex, which ended on Sunday.

Dogs with unique names and belonging to high pedigrees showcased their agility during obedience trials on Saturday in which the participants had to climb and descend from stairs and slopes and jump through rings.

Sunday’s show saw over 21 breeds vying for the crowns.

Gabbar, a German Shepherd from Tata Motors, was declared winner of the obedience test. The best breed award was conferred to Ashra Farms Dunhill Luxury, an Akita belonging to Vikas Dev and Ashwini Singh from Bhubaneswar.

While guard breeds like German Shepherd, Doberman, Great Dane, Labrador and Dalmatian strutted on the ramp, the smaller ones like Pomeranian, Chihuahua and Pug were real charmers.

But the showstopper was undoubtedly a Saint Bernard. “The Saint Bernard is the largest but very calm, unlike a German Shepherd. You feel good while patting it,” said 10-year-old Aryan Sharma.

Rare breeds such as Afghan Hound, Australian Silky Terrier and Affenpinscher took part in the show from Jamshedpur, Calcutta, Dhanbad, Ranchi and Odisha. A few came from Allahabad too.

But, it was indeed the canines from Calcutta who stole the show, er, the prizes on the second day. Spirit Of The Brave Armani, a Doberman belonging to Subroto Chattopadhyay of Calcutta, won the best breed award. A German Shepherd with a Russian name Bos Toplovmick, owned by one Jhinuk Ghosh from Calcutta secured the second rank.

A special trophy was introduced this time in memory of a Jamshedpur Kennel Club member. The V. Rajagopalacharya Memorial Award for Best Companion Dog was awarded to Ajay, a German Shepherd belonging to Romi Sao of Chaibasa.

The only howl amid woofs was that the number of entries was less. Compared to last year’s 350-plus entries, there were only 272 this time. Organisers said a similar show was slated in Calcutta on January 17 and 18.


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