Dog show

Photos: Fur flies at the Lone Star State Classic Dog Show in Dallas

A soapy bath, blow dry, hair straightening session, macadamia oil rub, nail clipping and red glitter bow to complete the look: the Yorkshire terrier’s grooming routine is not for sensitive souls. But on a confirmation show, there is little room for error.

From teacup pooches to long-legged Great Danes, every dog ​​has had a chance to shine in the spotlight in hopes of winning the Best in Show title.

Here is an overview.

Grooming tables line the floors of Dallas Market Hall during the biannual Lone Star State Classic Dog Show on July 9.

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A Yorkshire Terrier stands atop a grooming table in front of ring 10. Red bows are a staple of their iconic dog show presentation.

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A competitor grooms his Norfolk Terrier before competing for best of breed. Dogs are judged against the breed standard, rather than against other competing dogs.

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Two Pomeranians, Angel (left) and Sunny, look over their kennel at a treat stand. Participants have the opportunity to purchase anything from dried chicken necks to kits for owners to harvest semen from a deceased dog.

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Elaine Taylor poses with her dog “Tilly” – a Coton de Tulear – before the competition. The breed is named after the city of Tulear in Madagascar and is believed to have survived in wild packs for some time, according to the AKC.

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A Standard Poodle’s coat is trimmed and shaped atop a grooming table. Show Poodles are groomed according to one of four acceptable style standards established by the American Kennel Club, each specific to the age of the dog.

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A Pomeranian is evaluated on a grooming table before competition. Pomeranians have a distinct double coat and a feathered tail, which makes pre-show grooming a challenge.

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Linda Ogilvie of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of North Texas admires her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel “Dashy”. The spaniels were featured as part of the “Meet the Breed” event, during which attendees were able to learn about the history and characteristics of each breed.

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A handler brushes his Old English Sheepdog seconds before it enters the arena. During dog shows, it is common to see handlers tuck combs in their hair and brushes in their belts.

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An English bulldog waits outside the arena. According to the AKC, the English Bulldog should be “fair and kind, resolute and courageous (not vicious or aggressive), and their behavior should be peaceful and dignified”.

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Australian Shepherds are loaded into a van after the end of the Lone Star State Classic Dog Show.