Pedigree pooches set to go on show
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.