Dog show

Pomp and color as Kisumu hosts first-ever dog show

Lakeside townspeople and dog lovers were treated to a colorful and glitzy day as Kisumu held its first-ever dog show.

The event brought together more than seventy dogs of different breeds, including Labradoodles, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Maltese, Labradors and Golden Retrievers.

The inaugural show attracted more than 200 fans from all walks of life to witness this auspicious event.

An undated image of three dogs trained by Slavinn Working Dogs in Montana, Texas.

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“Our level is good, attendance is good and the quality of the dogs is even better, we really have the best quality,” said one dog owner.

Dog shows are becoming increasingly popular in the country, with dog lovers coming together to organize an annual circuit, to different parts of the country.

The show drew Kisumu into the circuit, with Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa and Eldoret hosting such events earlier in the year.

“For a first event, I can say this one was a success,” said one organizer.

These events highlight issues around keeping dogs as pets, such as their rights and welfare standards, and provide information on how to rescue and adopt these animals.

According to the East African Kennel Club, the regulatory body responsible for maintaining breed registries for all purebred dogs in East Africa, dogs are judged on their appearance – how well they adhere to their breed standard as well than their obedience to their master in competition.

The event gave dog food manufacturers a platform to showcase their products and interact directly with their customers, with some competition winners donating products.

Veterinarians also took part in the event and used the platform to connect with customers and potential dog owners to discuss dog care issues.

An undated file image of a dog handler pictured at a dog show in Kenya.

An undated file image of a dog handler pictured at a dog show in Kenya.