National dog show wraps up

Winner of Best In Show, Felix, with owner Jess Bello from Kapiti.
Winner of Best In Show, Felix, with owner Jess Bello from Kapiti.
Felix and Jess celebrate.
Felix and Jess celebrate.
Tamzin Letele from Auckland, with her siberian husky Monday, was runner-up in the Utility Group section at the Eukanuba National Dog Show.
Tamzin Letele from Auckland, with her siberian husky Monday, was runner-up in the Utility Group section at the Eukanuba National Dog Show.
Dogs wait five mins without moving in the Obedience section.
Dogs wait five mins without moving in the Obedience section.
Bernie Joyes from Kawerau with silver standard poodle Crossfire.
Bernie Joyes from Kawerau with silver standard poodle Crossfire.
Jessie, a shih tzu.
Jessie, a shih tzu.
An entrant at the Eukanuba National Dog Show takes a rest.
An entrant at the Eukanuba National Dog Show takes a rest.
Patricia Kwak from Gisborne has lunch with her Standard poodle bitch Lotti in her "at home clothes".
Patricia Kwak from Gisborne has lunch with her Standard poodle bitch Lotti in her "at home clothes".
Phil Wallington from Wakawa Beach with his boston terrier Prince.
Phil Wallington from Wakawa Beach with his boston terrier Prince.
Pat Lovell from Tauranga with her toy poodle Rambo.
Pat Lovell from Tauranga with her toy poodle Rambo.
Melanie Burgess from Levin with her shih tzu Nelson.
Melanie Burgess from Levin with her shih tzu Nelson.

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.

The Dominion Post