Dog show

From Pomeranians to Poodles, the Kelowna Dog Show has it all

It takes two and a half hours for Quincy to be ready for the show.

That means a cleansing bath, a thorough blow-dry, and lots of expert brushing.

“I know, it’s a lot,” laughed owner and handler Denise Karkkainen.

But it’s worth it.

Quincy, after all, is an American Champion and a Grand Canadian Champion (Silver) Cocker Spaniel.

And the two-year-old must be at his best as he trots around the ring with Karkkainen for the judges and an adoring audience.

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<p>Quincy, a native of Cochrane, Alta., is one of 1,150 attendees at the Kelowna Kennel Club dog show being held next to the Apple Bowl this weekend.</p>
<p>The show started on Friday and will continue through Monday with Best of Breed, Best of Group and Best of Show Rounds and Obedience Trial.</p>
<p>Over 60 breeds are represented, from the familiar ones such as the Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Siberian Husky, Standard Poodle and Rough Coated Collie, to more obscure ones such as the Finnish Spitz, Basenji, xoloitzcuintli, the sealyham terrier and the leonberger.</p>
<p>The public can drop by at any time of the day to see the action.</p>
<p>Yes, just as you saw on TV when you watched the famous Westminster Dog Show, there is a lot of backstage preparation and warming up before the judges push and shove the dogs to ensure that ‘they meet the breed standard, then prance.  around the ring with their master.</p>
<p>Best of Breed is an honor that can lead to a Best Group victory and qualification for a Best in Show shot.</p>
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When NowMedia caught up with Jimmy, the four-year-old golden retriever, he had already won best-of-breed and was poised to compete as best-in-class with a variety of other retriever breeds (flat-coated, Chesapeake Bay, Labrador), pointers, spaniels, setters and Weimaraners.

“Jimmy is currently the number one golden retriever in Canada,” said trainer Vienna Yeadon.

“He’s a great example of the breed standard. He has great body structure, moves well in the ring and has a wonderful temperament.”

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<p>Mike Williamson is the superintendent of the Kelowna Kennel Club Dog Show.</p>
<p>“We are few given the magnitude of some shows in Canada and abroad,” he said.</p>
<p>“But we are important because dogs can earn points here which can help them qualify for national and international shows.”</p>
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