Rest of World
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Cape Town to judge the Western Cape Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club’s 19th Championship Show on March 1st, 2014.
There were 60 dogs entered with only 5 absent. I understand this was the best entry they have had for a number of years.
Continuing Our Dogs look at dog shows world wide here is the BIS at the Shunde All Breed Championship Dog Show in China.
Poodle, CN Ch. DQ of Kang Yi Shi Shang Kennel (FCI) , pet name DQ and is just less than 13 months of age. He already has his China title, and is a multi - BIG and five times BIS.
Organiser Franki Leung told OUR DOGS: ‘Considering his age, this dog did a wonderful job! His owner/ breeder/ handler is Ms Kang Yi, a first generation groomer in China.
Yes I know, George Foreman and Mohammed Ali got there before me with that headline a few years ago, but it just seemed appropriate.
What this ‘Thrilla’ fact turned out to be was a whole circuit of dog shows staged on the fifth floor of a swish Manila shopping mall, held over four days and organised by the Philippines Canine Club. Four of the shows were their own, 73rd show right through to the 76th on Sunday. The other shows gave people in the Far East the chance to win at the shows of the Kennel Clubs from …wait for it…. Montenegro, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Cyprus, El Salvador and Costa Rica! Yes the world of dogs is truly international nowadays.
The climax of the 138th Westminster Dog Show saw seven superb dogs enter the arena in Madison Square Garden to be judged by Ms Betty Regina Leininger, supremely elegant in an emperor purple evening gown, before an extremely animated audience.
They consisted of an Irish Water Spaniel, Portuguese Water Dog, Bloodhound, Standard Poodle, Wire Fox Terrier, Cardigan Welsh Corgi & Miniature Pinscher. As is now customary Reserve Best In Show was announced first and, to much approval from the spectators, the Standard Poodle, GCH Brighton Lakeridge Encore was called out to the Reserve BIS spot. After an almost theatrical pause during which the noise could literally have taken the roof off, the BIS judge, Betty Leininger announced her chosen Best In Show as the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH Afterall Painting The Sky, co-owned by Victor Malzoni Jr, Torie Steele, Scott & Mary Olund and Diane Ryan, handled as always by Gabriel Rangel.
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