Thursday, September 27, 2012

Canines Take Centre Stage

KUALA LUMPUR: The two-day event saw canines and owners compete in obedience and agility trials and conformation shows which stress on physical breed standards.
One of the highlights of the competition was the International Dog show category which also serves as a qualifying round for Crufts 2013.

Held annually in Britain, Crufts is one of the most popular dog shows in the world. The winner of the international category, Nandos Yankee Doodle, a Siberian Husky owned by Robert Kou and Frankie Yong, will compete in the prestigious competition.

MKA committee member Ng Keng Ming said that Malaysia is the first Asian country certified to have the qualifying round.

"We have attracted contestants from all over Asia, including Japan, China, Thailand and Indonesia," he said.

The judges are from several countries such as Sweden, Britain, the Philippines, Thailand, Australia, Singapore, India and Malaysia.

Dogs participating in the the International and All Breed Championship categories are judged according to a set of physical standards to determine the best in breed.

Ng said that besides physical perfection, a dog's temperament and its interaction with its owner is also important.

"Owners must be able to handle their dogs well to stand a chance of winning," he said.
The dogs also competed in other categories such as Dance with Dogs, Junior Handling and Tiny Tot Fun Handlers categories where the owners' ability to handle their dogs and the dogs' ability to follow instructions are displayed.

The All-Indonesian Kennel Club president Soentono said that the competition was a good opportunity for dog lovers from around the world to interact and learn about new breeds.
" We also get to learn and share knowledge on animal welfare and ways to protect dogs," he said.
Veterinary services department director-general Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz Jamaluddin said the dog show should be more widely advertised to attract more dog lovers.

"It is not only an opportunity to show off their dogs' breed but also to interact with other owners," he said.

He added that his department was working on an Act that will come up with regulations to make it compulsory for new dog owners to attend seminars and meet other owners so that they know what they are getting into.

"Most dog owners either walk into a pet shop to buy a puppy because of its beauty, or to guard their homes.

"Both do not understand the needs of their dogs or how to handle them.

"The new regulations will ensure that the welfare of the dogs are taken care of beyond their physical needs," he said.

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