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.
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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