Its a Dog World

 

 
The Kennel Association of Goa is all set to have its 33rd and 34th championship dog shows on January 20 at 10 a.m. at the fire brigade ground, Panaji
By Iris Gomes | NT BUZZ
 
The Kennel Association of Goa is all set to have its 33rd and 34th championship dog shows on January 20 at 10 a.m. at the fire brigade ground, Panaji. This simultaneous exhibition of pedigree pooches will prove feasible in terms of transport, feeding, grooming, etc, for the exhibitors. 
 
The Kennel Association of Goa, which initiated this dog show in the year 2002, is affiliated to the Kennel Club of India. The President of India is officially the patron of the Kennel Club of India and it has been governed by the Kennel Club of England, since the pre-independence era.
 
The competition has seven categories of dogs being exhibited, namely Toy, Utility, Terrier, Hound, Gundog, Working and Pastoral. Under Toy, you would typically have a breed like the Pomeranian; under Working, the Doberman Pinscher and St Bernard; under Pastoral, the German Shepherd and the Belgium Shepherd and so forth.
 
The best of breeds are selected from each category, in a further age and gender wise classification. A reserve is also selected each time. Eventually, two best dogs are chosen irrespective of gender. The judging criteria are how close the dog is structurally to the particular breed standard. For example in the German Shepherd the judges would scrutinise the canine for the degree of shoulder angulation, which should be around 20 degrees. In a gundog such as the Labrador Retriever the teeth would be examined whereas in a Toy dog the focus would be the texture of the animal’s coat.
 
When queried about the specific categorisation of the German Shepherd as a Pastoral dog, Steve Almeida, President of the Kennel Association Of Goa clarifies, “German Shepherds have the maximum all-round usage. They are guard dogs, police dogs, guide dogs and pets. But they were originally bred for herding. Therefore, they fall in the category of Pastoral dogs.”
 
Prominent personalities in the area of dog shows will grace the competition. Among these are Sanjay Desai who deals with German Shepherds, Vasudev Reddy, top breeder of Doberman Pinschers and Gauri Nagolkar who rears Great Danes.
 
Exhibitors do not always handle dogs themselves. To make up for lack of expertise, handlers are hired. The handlers have the responsibility of training, grooming and presenting the dog. The handler should be skilful enough to conceal the dog’s flaws and significantly project its positive attributes to the judges, as Steve Almeida points out, “A good dog could lose with a bad handler and a bad dog could win under a good handler. Nitin Goswami, Amit Kadu from Pune, and Sandesh Gurav from Kolhapur are some of the well- known handlers making their presence felt at the show.
 
Every dog will be certified by a veterinarian to exclude the possibility of communicable diseases. Husband-wife team of Dr Kiran Rao and Dr Rashmi Rao will be on hand to respond to any complaints, emergencies like heat strokes, heart attacks, etc, from the commencement to the finale of the show.
 
The judges include Phillip John, an old hat in the arena of judging dog shows with the distinction of having been an All Breed International Dog Show judge as well as authority to certify other judges. The other judge, Anjeli Vaid is a novice, having only recently been certified by Phillip John. “This will make for interesting perspectives from the viewpoint of experience and a completely fresh outlook,” says Steve Almeida, hinting at how a dog could win under the inspection of one judge and lose with another. He also mentioned that Challenge Certificates are awarded to dogs that are deemed championship material. On acquiring a cumulative record of three certificates under three different judges marks the canine with the prestige of a championship status.
 
The dearth of participants from Goa is lamentable. Steve Almeida says, “We have included a Junior Handler category to encourage Goan youngsters, but to no avail.” Even so, participants will be arriving from all across India to present their pedigrees. On the topic of indiscriminate breeding of pedigree dogs, he states, “It is because there is a market that there in such breeding.” However, the quality of these dogs is very poor and quite evident on examination. Also regarding the fact that most of these breeds were not created for Indian climate, he emphasises the provision of an environment that is conducive to the dogs’ well-being. 
 
The show certainly promises to be a visual treat for dog lovers and it is hoped that all present, especially the pooches, will have a woofing good time. The Kennel Association of Goa is all set to have its 33rd and 34th championship dog shows on January 20 at 10 a.m. at the fire brigade ground, Panaji
By Iris Gomes | NT BUZZ
 
The Kennel Association of Goa is all set to have its 33rd and 34th championship dog shows on January 20 at 10 a.m. at the fire brigade ground, Panaji. This simultaneous exhibition of pedigree pooches will prove feasible in terms of transport, feeding, grooming, etc, for the exhibitors. 
 
The Kennel Association of Goa, which initiated this dog show in the year 2002, is affiliated to the Kennel Club of India. The President of India is officially the patron of the Kennel Club of India and it has been governed by the Kennel Club of England, since the pre-independence era.
 
The competition has seven categories of dogs being exhibited, namely Toy, Utility, Terrier, Hound, Gundog, Working and Pastoral. Under Toy, you would typically have a breed like the Pomeranian; under Working, the Doberman Pinscher and St Bernard; under Pastoral, the German Shepherd and the Belgium Shepherd and so forth.
 
The best of breeds are selected from each category, in a further age and gender wise classification. A reserve is also selected each time. Eventually, two best dogs are chosen irrespective of gender. The judging criteria are how close the dog is structurally to the particular breed standard. For example in the German Shepherd the judges would scrutinise the canine for the degree of shoulder angulation, which should be around 20 degrees. In a gundog such as the Labrador Retriever the teeth would be examined whereas in a Toy dog the focus would be the texture of the animal’s coat.
 
When queried about the specific categorisation of the German Shepherd as a Pastoral dog, Steve Almeida, President of the Kennel Association Of Goa clarifies, “German Shepherds have the maximum all-round usage. They are guard dogs, police dogs, guide dogs and pets. But they were originally bred for herding. Therefore, they fall in the category of Pastoral dogs.”
 
Prominent personalities in the area of dog shows will grace the competition. Among these are Sanjay Desai who deals with German Shepherds, Vasudev Reddy, top breeder of Doberman Pinschers and Gauri Nagolkar who rears Great Danes.
 
Exhibitors do not always handle dogs themselves. To make up for lack of expertise, handlers are hired. The handlers have the responsibility of training, grooming and presenting the dog. The handler should be skilful enough to conceal the dog’s flaws and significantly project its positive attributes to the judges, as Steve Almeida points out, “A good dog could lose with a bad handler and a bad dog could win under a good handler. Nitin Goswami, Amit Kadu from Pune, and Sandesh Gurav from Kolhapur are some of the well- known handlers making their presence felt at the show.
 
Every dog will be certified by a veterinarian to exclude the possibility of communicable diseases. Husband-wife team of Dr Kiran Rao and Dr Rashmi Rao will be on hand to respond to any complaints, emergencies like heat strokes, heart attacks, etc, from the commencement to the finale of the show.
 
The judges include Phillip John, an old hat in the arena of judging dog shows with the distinction of having been an All Breed International Dog Show judge as well as authority to certify other judges. The other judge, Anjeli Vaid is a novice, having only recently been certified by Phillip John. “This will make for interesting perspectives from the viewpoint of experience and a completely fresh outlook,” says Steve Almeida, hinting at how a dog could win under the inspection of one judge and lose with another. He also mentioned that Challenge Certificates are awarded to dogs that are deemed championship material. On acquiring a cumulative record of three certificates under three different judges marks the canine with the prestige of a championship status.
 
The dearth of participants from Goa is lamentable. Steve Almeida says, “We have included a Junior Handler category to encourage Goan youngsters, but to no avail.” Even so, participants will be arriving from all across India to present their pedigrees. On the topic of indiscriminate breeding of pedigree dogs, he states, “It is because there is a market that there in such breeding.” However, the quality of these dogs is very poor and quite evident on examination. Also regarding the fact that most of these breeds were not created for Indian climate, he emphasises the provision of an environment that is conducive to the dogs’ well-being. 
 
The show certainly promises to be a visual treat for dog lovers and it is hoped that all present, especially the pooches, will have a woofing good time.  [NT]