National dog show wraps up

05:59, Oct 06 2012
Dog Show 1
Bernie Joyes from Kawerau with silver standard poodle Crossfire.
Dog Show 2
Tamzin Letele from Auckland, with her siberian husky Monday, was runner-up in the Utility Group section at the Eukanuba National Dog Show.
Dog show 3
An entrant at the Eukanuba National Dog Show takes a rest.
Dog Show 4
Patricia Kwak from Gisborne has lunch with her Standard poodle bitch Lotti in her "at home clothes".
Dog Show 5
Melanie Burgess from Levin with her shih tzu Nelson.
Dog Show 6
Phil Wallington from Wakawa Beach with his boston terrier Prince.
Dog Show 7
Pat Lovell from Tauranga with her toy poodle Rambo.
Dog Show 8
Jessie, a shih tzu.
Dog Show 8
Dogs wait five mins without moving in the Obedience section.
Dog Show 2
Winner of Best In Show, Felix, with owner Jess Bello from Kapiti.
Dog Show 2
Felix and Jess celebrate.

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