Bendigo dogs battle for best in show

PRIMPED pooches from as far as Western Australia will arrive in the city today, with the Bendigo and Eaglehawk kennel clubs holding their annual dog shows.

Eaglehawk Kennel Club will hold a show today from 4pm until 8pm and again on Sunday from 9am until 2pm, and the Bendigo club will hold two shows on Saturday from 8.30am until 9pm. 

Eaglehawk and Bendigo kennel clubs secretary Carol Hobday said more than 200 breeds of dogs would be present at the show.

“This year we have received around 2400 entries, which is more than last and pleasing to see,” she said.

Ms Hobday said competitors would be judged in two categories – breed, and one of seven specialist categories including toys, terriers, gun dogs, hounds, working dogs, utility and non-sports dogs.

She said 28 adjudicators from Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia would judge the competition. 

Myers Flat resident and Bendigo Kennel Club treasurer Lynette Harris is entering her three-year-old Cardigan corgi Rafa into the show.

“I have been entering into the show for about 30 years and I have been showing dogs for 40 years,” Ms Harris said.

“It will be lots of fun.”

She said it was a great opportunity to relax and socialise with other dog owners.

Ms Hobday said all four shows would be held at the Exhibition Centre at the Prince of Wales Showgrounds.

She said spectators could watch for free and refreshments would be available to buy. 

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