Give it your all at the annual all-breed dog show

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Dogs and their owners or handlers look to walk away with supplies to stock their shelves as they battle for the title of ‘Best in Show’ and other categories at the 73rd Annual All Breed Dog Show in Duluth on July 14, 2022, through Sunday July 17, at the DECC. This event will feature over 150 dog breeds.

When entering a dog for a dog show, there is one important rule you need to know. “First you start with a purebred dog, and that’s a dog that’s registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC). The parents were registered and were purebreds,” says Carolyn Lichty, president of Duluth Kennel Club (DKC) and chairman of the show. The director shared with this that a puppy must be six months old to compete for career points on the show.

People attend dog shows for many different reasons, and professional dog handlers and dog trainers, says Cartrell Cooper.

“When you look at the world of dog shows, how it originally started, there were more individuals coming together for dogs in their breeding programs, looking for dogs than they wanted to use for breeding. Now the world of dog shows is more of a sport where the best of the best come together; where the best of a breed go to see if they can be better at the show.”

Duluth show owners and handlers seek to reap victories in their groups and qualify for larger, national dog shows.

“For dogs to earn points because victory points, you have your breed points or any number assigned to the breed you beat that day, goes as documentation, you can find those documents in The canine chronicle, a magazine that tracks dogs earn points. A dog seeks to be number one in his breed and number one in his group, so he gets the asterisk to invite westminster and recognize when you’re going to a bigger show.”

Attending shows like in Duluth can help add to the earnings column. “Creating those numbers! You have a show in the US almost every weekend, and managers will go to a show that often has judges who are good for them, or they go to an available show. It doesn’t matter where they’re going, even if it’s a single entry, they want this race to win, or this class to win; because those numbers will be what they need going forward.”

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