August 10, 2008

Racine dog show brings out best of many breeds

The Racine Kennel Club hosted 1,200 dogs Sunday during the first day of its two-day American Kennel Club All-Breed dog show, at Pershing Park. Best in show was a Smooth Fox Terrier.

On Monday, more of the same, as many of the same dogs compete once again against each other -- the only difference being a new set of judges. Two-day confirmation dog shows like this are commonplace, as dogs are judged against their breed's standards, seeking championship points. A second set of judges brings a different pair of eyes, and subjectivity. The show continues tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Here are four pictures from today's event, showing a dog trotted around the show ring, getting a quick once-over by the judge, and finally a winner ready for his closeup. At bottom is a Rhodesian Ridgeback getting his picture taken with owner and handler for posterity (and maybe breeding advertisements).

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