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Dogs show skills at the Odisha Kennel Club’s 43rd and 44th National Level Championship in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. Pictures by Ashwinee Pati

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 9: Every dog had its day of pride and honour at the Odisha Kennel Club’s 43rd and 44th National Level Championship Dog Show organised on the ground of the Odisha Veterinary College here today.

Dogs displayed their skills and charm at the show, while dog lovers got a chance to meet more than 100 breeds.

From Whisky to Arnold to ‘The Next Top Model’, dogs with unique names and belonging to high pedigrees showcased their agility during the obedience trials yesterday in which the participants had to climb and descend from stairs and slopes and also jump through rings.

J. Rangarajan from Chennai judged the obedience round.

M. Prakash Butt and Commando Kennels from Hyderabad were invited specially for agility and dog sport trials demo. Similarly, owner of many dog breeds, such as Sweta Parekh of the city-based Parekh Kennels, had also organised a demo for the same.

The main show was organised today when the dogs of each breed competed separately and were chosen for the title of ‘Best of Breed’. The breeds were listed under seven groups — toy, terrier, utility, hound, gundog, working and pastoral. The best of breeds competed for the best of group who finally competed for the title of ‘Best in Show’.

Rare and exquisite breeds such as Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, Lhasa Apso, English Pointer, Afghan Hound, Great Dane and many varieties of Golden Retrievers took part in the show from eight states.

“I am very proud of Miska. She is not only a wonderful pet, but has also been chosen as the ‘Best in Breed’ today,” said Sandeep Ray of Bhubaneswar about his Alaskan Malamute.

“Taking part in this dog show has proved to be a learning experience when it comes to training and taking care of my pet,” said a Doberman Pinscher’s master, Kalpana Setty, who has come from Bangalore.

The championships were organised by the Odisha Kennel Club following the regulations of the Kennel Club of India. About 245 dogs took part in the show.

During the ‘Best of Breed’ and ‘Best of Show’ championships, the judges looked for various features in each contender, said S. Prusti, honorary secretary of the Odisha Kennel Club.

“The judges, P.R. Green from South Africa and Thomas Y.H. Lim from Singapore, looked for breed attributes such as beauty, coat condition, anatomy and other characteristics,” he said.

Dog lovers were seen busy taking pictures in their cellphones and cameras and watching with interest the proceedings of championships in the two rings at the event.

“Some of the most rare breeds of dogs were here and their masters have taken such good care! From the fur to the overall fitness to the obedience of the dogs, everything here was wonderful to see,” said Sushant Naik, a dog lover.

The Odisha Kennel Club was established in 1982 and is a member of the Kennel Club of India, which is affiliated to the Federation Cynologique Internationale. The club has been organising activities to popularise dog care in the state. To promote responsible pet ownership, the club provides free dog handling and training classes every Sunday.