As many as 426 dogs rushed to participate in the 35th and 36th All Breed Champion Dog Shows organized by the Madurai Canine Club at Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College in Madurai on Sunday.
The show saw 45 native and foreign dog breeds from Chennai, Coimbatore, Erode, Salem, Tirunelveli, Kanniyakumari and neighboring states including Kerala, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and even Maharashtra.
The show is taking place after a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19-induced lockdown restriction, said S. Vinayaga Moorthy, President of Madurai Canine Club.
“The response is honestly overwhelming. We’ve never had so many entries compared to all these years,” he said.
The dogs were judged by three international judges, Ranjith Singh Munjal, Sanjit Kumar Mohanty and CA Martin. Participants were pre-selected based on their ideal traits of ears, tails, height, weight, running abilities, etc.
The show which ran two hours longer than the scheduled time saw Bosker, German Shepherd and Caravan Hound claim first, second and third place, Mr Moorthy said.
An awareness program on the Thanjavur Kattakal, a nearly endangered breed, also took place. “This Indian breed, originating from the Thanjavur district, has specialized in catching rats on farmland for decades. These dogs help to save large quantities of products affected by rats. So we brought in 25 Kattakal dogs to create a dialogue about this endangered breed,” Moorthy said.
Common breeds like German Shepherd, Jack Russell Terrier, Bosker, Dachshund, Pug, French Bulldog, Chow Chow and Rottweiler were seen in abundance and native breeds like Kombai, Chippiparai, Rajapalayam , the Kanni, the Caravan Hound and the Mudhol Hound also participated.
Special entries in the show were Whippet and Miniature Schnauzer.
Madurai Canine Club Secretary S. Ramanathan and others were present.