LIMA — Hundreds of dogs and their owners were in Allen County over the past three days participating in the Lima Kennel Club’s Western Ohio Summer Cluster All-Breed Dog Show.
Mary Morton Augustus came in from Medina, Ohio. Her dog, Marvel, a 2 1/2-year-old Samoyed, did pretty well.
“He won the breed in spite of himself; one of the girls [being shown] was in season [causing a distraction for Marvel. He was more interested in seeing the girl than doing his performance,” she said.
She’s been showing her dogs since she was eight years old, and since she teaches during much of the year, she only gets to go to the ones on the weekend in the summer.
“It’s something to do together. It starts to become a partnership and a team. He [Marvel] hasn’t been shown enough to get that yet,” she said.
“He won because they’re supposed to judge the dog, not the performance in here, who meets the standard the best,” she added.
So what do the judges look for?
“They’re comparing them to the official AKC [American Kennel Club] standard, which describes the ideal dog. Which may be a certain size, not too big, not too small for that breed — certain proportions, leg length, body length. Are they stocky enough, do they have the structure and movement?” said Roger Gifford, Show Chair.
More than 800 dogs were competing on Sunday, the final day of the three-day dog show.
“Most of the dogs are from east of the Mississippi and southeast Great Lakes area. We have some a little further west,” Gifford said.
There’s a complicated points system involved in scoring the dogs.
“The non-champions are competing for championship points. They can win up to five points if they win best of non-champion male or female. Once they get 15 accumulated points, they become a champion. Some dogs and owners will compete for a grand champion status, which means they compete against other champions for a higher level title,” he said. “The best of breed dogs will compete for best in their group. There’s a sporting group, hound group, working group, terriers, toys, non-sporting and herding, so that would be four placements in those groups. And at the end of the day, each of those group winners will compete for Best in Show.”
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