Dog lovers and spectators turned out in droves for the Ooty Dog Show, held since 2019, at the Government Arts College here on Friday.
Organized by the South of India Kennel Club (SIKC), it is one of the most prestigious dog shows in the country. The event was taking place after a hiatus of more than two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A total of 42 dogs took part in the obedience test organized as part of the event.
Nagina Reddy, secretary of SIKC said it was the 100 e year of the obedience test organized as part of the dog show. Ms Reddy said the event, a test of hard work, coordination, trust and love between handler and dog was a “dying art” and that SIKC was just the second club in India to achieve this milestone. where the obedience test takes place for the 100 e year.
German Shepherds, Labradors, Huskies, Weimaraners, Beagles and native breeds participated in the event.
Ms Reddy said the 130 e and 131 st The SIKC Championship Dog Shows will be held on Saturday and Sunday. She said the dog shows had a record 603 entries this year. “There are 59 different breeds taking part in the dog show. Breeds such as the Kerry Blue Terrier, Shiba Inu and Pekingese will be taking part in the show for the first time,” Ms Reddy said.
On Saturday, larger dog breeds will compete in the championship. Saturday winners will be invited back on Sunday and compete for the main prizes with the smaller dog breeds. “This year, four handlers from Bengaluru are also participating,” added Ms Reddy.