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Foreign guests skip dog show

Jamshedpur, Jan. 25: Canines of various lineage drew hundreds of pet lovers on the second day of the much-hyped dog show at JRD Tata Sports Complex, but the absence of breeds from the US, France and Germany, proved to be a dampener.

Although the owners from the three countries could not turn up for the 15th and 16th international championship and the 51st and 52nd championship dog shows with their prized possessions due to what organisers termed “unavoidable circumstances”, their Indian counterparts compensated for their absence with a host of canines from foreign breeds.

Some of the breeds that hogged the limelight included French Bulldog, Borzoi, German Shepherds, Irish Setters, Golden Retrievers, Afghan Hounds, Siberian Huskeys, Standard Poodles, English Mastiff and Bull Mastiff, Labradors, Dalmatians, Great Danes, Rotweillers.

Smaller breeds like Crocker Spanials, Daschunds and Beagles were also present.

The canines performed in four separate rings to win wide rounds of applause.

Senior functionary of Jamshedpur Kennel Club R. K. Sinha couldn’t explain why the dog owners from abroad did not come.

“They had sent their entries and were supposed to come to Jamshedpur. However, dog owners and breeders from different parts of the country have turned up with their canines, most of which have foreign lineage,” he added.

Besides watching action inside the two rings where the events were being held, dog lovers, including children, also spent time at the temporary kennels erected at the venue.

While many clicked pictures, others tried to pick up tips on dog grooming and diet.

When visitors asked Ramesh Lal why he was using beer on his Labrador, the breeder from Odisha explained that the frothy drink added gloss to dog hair.

“I shine my dog’s hair with beer regularly. The smell lasts for some minutes, but the hair looks very shiny,” he said.

A Chennai group had travelled by road with their Siberian Huskeys, while some dog owners were seen using vacuum cleaners to “dust’ their pets.

“Coming for the show has been very useful. My talks with dog owners and breeders have helped me learn how to groom a dog properly,” said Shashank Thakur, resident of Bhalubasa and an owner of five. The 400 participants of the breed show have been divided into six categories and will be judged on a number of parameters.

“Toy group, Terrier, Hound, Working group, Prestal group and Utility group are the categories,” said a Jamshedpur Kennel Club official.

The six-member jury has one Indian member. The all-breed show will conclude tomorrow.


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