National dog show wraps up

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Last updated 16:47 06/10/2012

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Every dog has its day.

About 1500 dogs from 130 breeds have been judged on their obedience, appearance, agility and temperament in the hope of winning the top prize at the Eukanuba National Dog Show, being held at the New Zealand Kennel Club in Porirua.

Best in Show was awarded to Felix a six-year-old Samoyed, owned by Jess Bello and Lyn and Gary Carleton from the Kapiti Coast.

This is the fifth Best in Show title the dog has received in New Zealand, and he holds national titles in Canada, United States and England.

"He's extremely animated, a very structurally sound Samoyed with an excellent temperament and he just wants to show," Ms Bello said.

The show's director, Pat Dance, said the calibre of entrants remained high, although their owners were becoming increasingly difficult to work with.

"But it's a competition, and it's fairly intense, like any competition. There is a lot of money invested, it's not like golf clubs which you can stick in a cupboard."

Judges had travelled from Norway, Mexico and Canada for the show, and they were impressed with the standard, she said.

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- The Dominion Post

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