April 17th-2016 All Day APCS ALL-BREED CHAMPIONSHIP DOG SHOW – India –  KENNEL CLUB OF INDIA, Ootacamund, Ooty Tamilnadu 

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The Ooty Dog Show is back, folks! To be held on the 17th of April 2016 at Ootacamund (Ooty), Tamil Nadu, this classic show will all have the fanfare of the preceding years. It will be held on the Government Arts College grounds as it was last year. The show will be held under the aegis of the APCS and The Kennel Club of India and is part of a series of shows to be held by the APCS across the Asia-Pacific region.

The show, along with the other fairs/shows hosted by the hill station – the Flower show, Rose show, Fruit Show, Spice show, Vegetable show, Boat Race and Boat Pageantry, and other cultural events – make for a great reason for inflow of tourists into the Nilgiris during the summer months. The dog show. in particular, draws guests from across the length and breadth of the country. The representation of breeds from other countries in the Asia-Pacific region is poor, though.

The dog show saw the participation of over 400 canines in its last edition. They belonged to 47 breeds in all, up from the 44 of the 2014 edition. Participating breeds included Poodle, bull terrier, Newfoundland, Akita, Mudhol Hound, Siberian Husky, Chow Chow, Whippet and Irish Setter. The breed with the highest participation was the German shepherd. This year too, it is hoped, the number of participating canines and breeds will see an increase.

SIKC (South of India Kennel Club), which held the event last year, boasts a history of over 85 years. Events included the Thomas Mathew Memorial Show organized by the club in the memory of an ardent dog lover and member the club. This was won by a dog of the boxer breed. Some of the other events were the “Best Puppy of the Show” event for several breeds, the “Best in Show Puppy” event, and the Great Dane, Beagle and Golden Retriever specialty shows.

A Doberman from Bangalore won the 1st and 2nd championship shows. A German Retriever and an Irish Setter grabbed the awards for the 121st and 120th championship shows respectively, which were held on the concluding day. This year the show will be two days long as opposed to the three days of its 2015 edition.

Last year, the show began with the iconic Obedience Tests. We’ll have to wait and see what its latest edition has in store for us!

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