Prized pooches vie for top dog
FOR the past two days more than 1300 pampered pooches have been bow-wowing judges and spectators at the Clarence Dog Sports Inc 62nd Annual Dog Show.
Vying for prestigious accolades to boost their breeding enterprises, man's best friends are putting their best paws forward in daily competitions at the Grafton greyhound track.
Show co-ordinator, avid dog lover and breeder Jerry Faber said competitors were judged on their performance, manners exhibited and their physique. He said a good show dog could take "five minutes or five years to breed".
"Judges look for the dog which stands out from every group and this year we have some outstanding competitors from out of state, and a lot of breeds are on display for the public to come and see," he said.
"We have toy dogs which include chihuahuas, cavalier king charles spaniels and silky terriers and larger breeds including german shepherds.
"This dog show exhibits quality pedigrees. There is no age limit on dogs to compete."
Competitors are classified into several categories where they compete to be deemed best bitch and best challenge dog in each group.
The subsequent winners then compete for best of breed in each category before progressing to compete for best in show in their age classes.
Local businesses have donated more than $3000 worth of prizes to this year's show.
"We would like to thank the community for their generous support," Mr Faber said.
"The community also supported our competitions at the Maclean dog show on May 2. We had 346 dogs compete in one day."
Today is the final day and 645 canines will feature.
Gates open at 8.30am. Admission is free.