Spain’s capital, Madrid, has been rocked by barking and preening with the world’s finest dog breeds, ranging from small dachshunds to huge mastiffs, vying for awards at the World Dog Show on Thursday.
Giving Lola – a giant black poodle – the finishing touches, Spanish dog groomer Roberto Garcia said the most important thing for his charge was that she was happy and cared for.
“Yesterday she took a hot tub, they live like royalty,” he said.
The show features such popular breeds as dachshunds, also known as dachshunds, like the one a Ukrainian brought to the competition, as well as tiny Ukrainian flags.
“We are happy to be here at this exhibition, which is very prestigious all over the world and where people come from all countries. And we have overcome very difficult difficulties to come here,” said the owner, who s is only named Marlène. said.
Marlene, who said she is from the port city of Odessa, asked for peace for her country, which has been at war since the February 24 Russian invasion, which the Kremlin describes as a “special military operation”.
The event features 250 of the nearly 400 breeds recognized by the International Canine Federation and will see dogs compete in 70 rings until Sunday.
Dutchman Philippe Maier, who traveled two days by car to the show, was elated when his dog received his first award. “He did what he usually does, win,” he said.
The public also appreciated rare breeds such as the Peruvian Hairless Dog.
This is the third time that Spain has hosted the competition after the shows in Valencia in 1992 and Madrid in 1983. This year there will be two world dog shows, including the current one in Madrid and one in Brazil in December.
Due to COVID-19, the event had been postponed to 2020.