Mumbai Dog Shows
04 Feb 2011
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As part of Bhavan’s
‘PRAKRUTI’ NATURE FESTIVAL
The Indian National Kennel Club
1 st Ch. PUG Specialty (Friday)
1 st Ch. LABRADOR Specialty (Friday)
OBEDIENCE TESTS (Saturday)
170 th Ch. All-Breeds DOG SHOW (Sunday)
The INKC held these events over 3 days -- 21, 22, 23 January 2011 as part of “Prakruti” Nature Festival set up by Bhavans College in their sprawling campus in Andheri, Mumbai. Besides the Dog Show events, there were displays and workshops pertaining to wild-life, trekking and mountaineering, medicinal plants, and nature photography, all of which were co-ordinated by Himanshu Prem of Wild Holidays.
On the first day, the two Specialty Shows of the two most popular breeds were judged by Mr. Lochen Kharawala. Apart from the earlier German Shepherd Workshop, this was the first time that INKC conducted Specialty Shows, and they received an encouraging response. All exhibitors were very enthusiastic and everyone seemed to enjoy the Show. In accordance with INKC’s desire to inform, educate, and empower dog-lovers, these Specialty Shows were different from what others call ‘Specialty Shows’, which are nothing more than Shows restricted to a certain breed. After the judging, the Judge invited exhibitors along with their exhibits for a discussion on the important points for judging, their relative significance, and gave an opportunity to the exhibitors to air their views.
Obedience Tests were held on the second day of the Show. After Obedience, there were Performing Dogs, who entertained the audience with various tricks. The Judge for the day was Dr. Freya Javeri. Although cross-breeds and mix-breeds are also permitted to compete in these Tests on equal footing, it is revealing to see that those promoting the cause of strays do not make the effort to participate and show the world that these dogs can also be as clever as the pure-breeds.
The INKC has all along encouraged progressive and kind methods of training, towards which purpose it has assigned a significant 10% of the total marks in each Class from Pre-Beginners to Test-C for the performance of the dog in a happy manner. Seeing to the fact that most dogs entered in these Obedience Tests are handled by professional trainers, a cash prize is specifically awarded to the handler of the first prize winner in every Class.
The Tests at this Show also determined the winner of the annual J.F.F. Saldanha Cash Prize of Rs 500 awarded to the handler obtaining the maximum averaged points of all the dogs handled by him/her. This award went to Sidhraj Jadeja.
The final day of the Show saw over 130 dogs of various breeds from the pocket sized Chihuahua (pronounced Chi-wa-wa), to the majestic and rare Alaskan Malamute, rare Shar-pei, beauitiful Shih Tzu and Siberian Husky and our very own Indian breed, the Mudhol Hound, of which there were 5 elegant specimens at this Show. The INKC, from its inception in 1957, was the first to recognise and promote our indigenous breeds, of which the Mudhol Hound has been regularly exhibited ever since. Mudhols (called Caravan Hound by some) are normally found in Satara / Karnatak border region where they are used by the locals for hunting hare and small deer.
The INKC believes that the main purpose of keeping dogs is that the dog and owner enjoy each other’s company. Though Dog Shows are necessarily competitive, exhibitors should enjoy the outing, and the Show need not be justified only if one’s dog wins top awards. One feature to promote this light-heartedness is the Dogs’ Fancy Dress Carnival, which is now eagerly awaited by exhibitors and spectators alike. Moreover, cross-breeds and mix-breeds also participate.
In the evening Pooja Sathe of
gave a demonstration of Agility, in which the dog has to clear various obstacles, like jumps, hurdles, and a tunnel. After the performance by her Lab, exhibitors were invited with their dogs to try their skills, thus encouraging them to take to this very enjoyable activity. Crazy K9 Campers
There was also a demonstration of by Police Dogs Caesar and Max from the Bomb Detection & Disposal Squad under Officer Raju Patil. Bomb Detection
At this Show, the coveted and Dog of the Year trophies were also awarded to Dr. Archana Sabnis’ Siberian Husky, Breeder of the Year Ch. and Aspandiar Irani Jerry Sagadeva respectively.