Pedi­gree pooches set to go on show

The Leader (Nelson) - - YOUR HEALTH - HE­LEN MUR­DOCH

Ca­nines from hunting dogs to pam­pered pets will strut their stuff dur­ing a series of cham­pi­onship shows be­ing held at Rich­mond Park this week­end.

The Nel­son Dis­trict Ken­nel As­so­ci­a­tion and the Tas­man Dis­tricts Gun­dog So­ci­ety shows have at­tracted hun­dreds of en­tries from across the coun­try.

As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Sarah Abrey said toy dogs, ter­ri­ers, hounds, util­ity dogs and non-sport­ing breeds were among the more than 300 en­tries into the as­so­ci­a­tion’s cham­pi­onship shows, which would start from 4pm on Fri­day.

Rang­ing from young pup­pies to ma­ture show veter­ans the dogs would be judged on how they con­formed to the recog­nised breed stan­dard, she said.

‘‘Each dog breed has a stan­dard – the way it be­haves and looks. The dog has to be close to that stan­dard.

‘‘It’s more of a beauty pageant.’’

Gun­dogs, on the other hand, had to do the job they were bred for, Abrey said.

About 80 gun­dog en­tries had been re­ceived


Bris­tish bull­dog, Judge, at last year’s Nel­son Dis­trict Ken­nel As­so­ci­a­tion dog show.

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