Qalif struts on the dogwalk

HE aint nothing but a hound dog, but pooch Qalif is quite the show-stopper.

Long and sleek, the saluki hound was competing for the status of best in show alongside some 450 other dogs at the Canine Carnival in Grafton.

From giant great danes the size of ponies to tiny terriers, all dogs great and small were on hand for three shows on Friday, Saturday and yesterday.

Originally from Sweden, Qalif's owner Lena Stalhandske now lives in Sydney and travelled up to the Clarence Valley for the shows.

She proudly showed him off to The Daily Examiner on Friday .

“He's won three best in show and six best in group, and on Wednesday he was best in show at Maclean,” she said.

Despite his impressive pedigree, on Friday, Qalif was beaten by a blue cattle dog called Grand Champion Queblue Blu Min Aussie, with the true-blue calling name of Aussie.

Organiser Michelle Hurcum said numbers were down this year, but people had come from all across Australia to show their dogs. The dogs competed in seven different classes including toys, terriers, gun dogs, hounds, non-sporting and utilities.

On Friday, the dog show was part of the Clarence Pastoral and Agricultural Show, while on Saturday and yesterday it was run by the Clarence District Kennel Club.

Best in show on Saturday went to an afghan hound, Grand Champion Gengala Super Trooper, while a doberman, Grand Champion Kenardobe Indigo Master, won the best in show prize yesterday.

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