The ground at JRD Tata Sports Complex being decked up for the dog shows on Wednesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Woofs of Jamshedpur will compete with the barks and grunts from Germany, France and the United States.
For, the steel city will host two events — the 15th and 16th International Championship Dog Show, to be held in Jamshedpur for the first time, and the 51st and 52nd Championship Dog Show — simultaneously at JRD Tata Sports Complex from January 24 to 26.
Both shows are being organised by Jamshedpur Kennel Club.
Three foreign participants — owners of Giant Schnauzer, Borzoi and Afghan Hound — are coming from Germany, France and the United States.
“It is very rare that we have been given the opportunity to host the international dog show. It’s a prestigious event and we are looking forward to conduct it in an efficient manner,” kennel club president A.M. Misra told media persons on Wednesday.
Given the international tag attached to the show, the proceedings would be much bigger in stature.
According to Misra, the steel city has been selected by Fédération Cynologique Internationale of France to host the show. “The idea behind hosting the international show is to spread awareness among pet lovers on improved grooming of the animals,” he added.
Kennel club secretary P.R. Prasad said the two shows would be conducted in four rings as opposed to two used during earlier editions.
Dog lovers of Jamshedpur can hop to watch about 400 dogs of about 25-odd breeds during the twin shows. While the opening day has been reserved for a show of obedience, the following two days have been kept for an all-breed show.
“The Calcutta Canine Club is helping us in managing the technical aspects. Ring stewards and table workers are also coming from Calcutta,” said Prasad.
Tata Steel managing director T.V. Narendran will inaugurate both the events. A panel of six judges — five from abroad and one from Kennel Club of India — have been set up.
If the international guests promise to be big contenders and showstoppers, rare breeds like Irish Setter, Poodle Standard and the commonplace Pugs, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Dobermans, Labradors and Great Danes are no pushovers.
Get ready to catch the Giant Schnauzer and Borzoi in action along with our very own Labradors and Dobermans.