Tai takes top dog award again

Bay News - - FRONT PAGE - By Re­becca Mauger [email protected]

Tai the dog is a bit of a show pony when he’s on dis­play.

He just loves the spot­light. He is at his best­when he’s strut­ting his stuff and all eyes are on him, says owner Vir­ginia Bar­low.

“The more peo­ple clap and cheer, the more he thinks they are there for him. He can’t get enough of it.”

The lowchen from McLaren Falls put his best paw for­ward and has taken out the “best in show” prize at the Black Hawk Na­tional Dog Show 2018 in Oc­to­ber in Porirua.

Vir­ginia says it was a “sur­prise and a huge thrill” to win such a big show with a toy breed dog that she bred her­self. The last toy breed to win it was a pug in 1996.

Vir­ginia, who breeds lowchen, minia­ture schnauzers, cava­lier king charles spaniels and Ja­panese spitz dogs un­der the busi­ness Cher­a­ton Ken­nels, says Tai quite of­ten takes out the “best in group” cat­e­gory.

Vir­ginia takes Tai to show at var­i­ous dog shows through­out the coun­try.

The judge loved him, Vir­ginia says.

“She thought he was spec­tac­u­lar. Tai has got a good at­ti­tude and it makes him lucky.”

Over 700 dogs in more than 100 dif­fer­ent breedswere on show at the na­tional dog show. Tai won best of group in the toy sec­tion which qual­i­fies for best in show.

Tai is groomed by Vir­ginia. The lowchen breed is known as the “lit­tle lion dog” so Tai is clipped into the tra­di­tional lowchen lion look. His ap­pear­ance­must con­form to the breed stan­dard for com­pe­ti­tion.

Tai’s reg­is­tered pedi­gree name is CHBlack Tie Af­fair Of Cher­a­ton. She says his per­son­al­ity is sweet na­tured, lov­ing and very play­ful.

PHOTO / Paw­trai­ture Pho­tog­ra­phy

Vir­ginia Bar­low (cen­tre) with judges and her win­ning dog Tai the lowchen at the Black Hawk Na­tional Dog Show.

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