Club showcases region’s top dogs

Man’s best friend will take centre stage at the All Breed Skaha Kennel Club Dog Show in Osoyoos this weekend.

Man’s best friend will take centre stage at the All Breed Skaha Kennel Club Dog Show in Osoyoos this weekend.

Club president Bernice Newbury said there are 300 to 350 dogs registered for the event, running Friday through Sunday, which will see a best in show award given out each day of competition.

“Each entrant will be assessed by industry experts, who will determine which of them represents the characteristics that a perfect example of their breed should possess,” said Newbury.

Dogs will be judged by breed, then move on to groupings (sporting, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting and herding) and the best of each of the groups will advance to best in show. A crew of international judges will be working the event, coming from as far away as Costa Rica and Puerto Rico as well as from around B.C.

The All Breed Skaha Kennel Club Dog Show, held at Nk’Mip RV Park in Osoyoos, also features obedience and rally trials. Newbury said spectators are welcome and it is a good way for people to get to know different breeds of dogs.

“People interested in a certain breed, or who want to see a variety of them, can talk to the owners and find out more about them. It is a great way for families to find out what kind of dog would fit best into their family and lifestyle. All of the breeders are very honest and can offer their opinion, so it makes for a great learning experience for people thinking about becoming dog owners,” said Newbury.

On Saturday the Peach of a Puppy Tournament will pit dogs from the age of six to 18 months against one another for the best puppy in show.

Newbury said there will be food vendors and refreshments available for purchase on the show grounds and the cost of entrance is $3 per car. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs, but to leave their pets at home. For more information on the show visit www.skahakennelclub.com.