The 130 and and 131 st The championship dog shows organized by the South of India Kennel Club (SIKC) ended on Sunday at the Government Arts College Grounds in Udhagamandalam.
Over 600 dogs participated in the dog show this year. SIKC secretary Nagina Reddy said it was a new record for the show.
She said that with travel restrictions lifted after the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, more owners wanted to enter their dogs in the competition due to the popularity of the Nilgiris as a tourist destination and their ideal climate.
For the first time in over 25 years, the agility test also took place as part of the dog show. Mrs. Reddy said that two belgian malinois, known for their athleticism and work with police and armed forces around the world, took part in the agility test. “It was very well received and we plan to hold more such events in the years to come,” Ms Reddy said.
The winners from Saturday’s events were brought back on Sunday to compete for the top prizes. The “Best In Show” award was won by a dachshund owned by VK Vigneshvaran.
A Rajapalayam, a native breed, was chosen as the eighth best in the show, owned by Mr. Praveen Radhakrishnan. The breed was also chosen as the ‘Best Reserved Breed in Show in India’ and the ‘Best Indian Breed’. Meanwhile, the award for “Best Reserved Indian Breed” was awarded to a Mudhol Hound property of J.Jenifer.