• Just two more impressive open dog shows stand between organisers of the Panchkula Open Dog Show and getting Kennel Club of India (KCI) championship status for their pet project. No wonder then that Royal Kennel Club (RKC) is going the extra mile to ensure a quantitative and qualitative leap in the second edition of their open dog show over the inaugural edition in 2018.

The event is scheduled to be held at the Parade Ground in Sector 5 Panchkula on October 19 (Saturday) from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Shyam Mehta, a seasoned KCI licensed judge from Gurugram will judge the event.

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Sharing details of the 2nd edition,  Sikander Singh, General Secretary of the club, Sarvpreet Singh, Vice President, and Dr Ravinder Singh, Founder Member & Vet Advisor, told LifeInChandigarh.com on the sidelines of a media briefing that participation of dozens of dog breeds from across the country in this edition is expected to double from last year’s 100.

Among the top and exotic breeds expected to participate from the entire Northern region, and as far as from Chennai, are Afghan Hound, which Sikander claimed had hardly been seen in dog shows in the country in the last 15 years, Tibetan Spaniel, Alaskan Malamute, Toy Poodle and Toy Pom. Participation of Rottweilers, German Shepherds and Labradors is always the highest in Indian dog shows, and naturally, these breeds witness the toughest competition, he added.

As far as the Indian pure breeds are concerned, he said the standards prescribed by KCI for breed dogs which can participate in championships are extremely stringent. Hence, only a few breeds like Himalayan Sheepdog, a mastiff-type mountain dog found in northern hill states, and Rajapalayam, once companion of the royalty and aristocracy in Southern India, and now nearly extinct, are eligible to participate.

Apart from a free check-up and rabies vaccination camp for the canines, a dog adoption stall will also be set up. There will be awareness sessions for visitors on ‘How To Co-exist With Street Dogs’.

Though this dog show, Sikander Singh is also seeking to dispel from the minds of the general public, including dog lovers, a “misconception” that strong breeds like Rottweiler are “danger”. Presenting his champion Rottweiler ‘Etios’, claimed to be the only Rott bred in Asia to have won a top 10 (7th) position in a global dog show held in Boxberg, Germany, before media persons, he clarified that Rotts are a very strong breed, first bred for their role as cart-puller dogs, and later as guard dogs, but at the same time they are extremely gentle, docile, loving and loyal in a homely atmosphere. Despite its macho looks, the fourth most popular dog breed in the world (as per world body FCI – Federation Cynoloqique Internationale) is also easy to maintain, he maintained.

Sikander Singh can be reached @ 9915268876, FB page Vom Carnivous Rottweilers or on mail id carnivous351@gmail.com

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