Spruced up dogs compete in Horsham

MORE than 400 dogs of all shapes and sizes will vie for the honour of top dog at a show in Horsham at the weekend.

Horsham Wimmera Kennel Club’s Championship Show is expected to attract about 80 breeds as well as canine enthusiasts from across Victoria and interstate to Horsham Showground for the biggest weekend on the club’s calendar.

Event organiser and dog breeder Tiffany Evans said the spruced-up canines would compete for a ‘cash and sash’ prize awarded to the best dog of the day.

“The dogs will be judged on their features including coat, teeth and muscle tone, and skills associated with their breed to narrow down the pack,” she said.

“Doggie treats will be on sale so people can take something home for their favourite puppies.”

Ms Evans said the show would see an influx of cocker spaniels and cattle dogs such as kelpies and

blue heelers.

“Cattle dogs are very popular this year and two of the judges are cattle dog breeders,” she said.

“A few rarer breeds will be on show such as Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes.”

She said the event was ideal for people searching for their perfect dog.

“While dogs can’t be sold, it is a good day for people to check out different breeds to see what they like,” she said.

“People can also meet different breeders and socialise.”

She encouraged dog lovers to join the kennel club. 

The free event will be catered for by Horsham Special School and Horsham Junior Fire Brigade.

The event runs from 9am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

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