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