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Blogging from Thailand, Part III

It’s funny how all over the world dog shows can be so different, yet in so many respects, exactly the same.

Now I know what you’re thinking, “Well, that doesn’t make any sense!” Hopefully after reading this blog, you will see what I mean.

I recently attended four all-breed shows during my visit to Thailand, and lots of little things made the shows both unique and familiar.

To put things into perspective for you, as far as the venue goes, I would say the setup was very similar to what we would have at a normal show in the U.S., but the actual dog shows took place inside a shopping mall. Yep, that’s right! Kind of odd, I know, but it honestly didn’t make a difference. In fact, the location brought in many spectators. At times the ringside was five people deep, especially when the popular or more unusual breeds were in being exhibited.


Th. Grand Mal. Ind. Ch. Nanette’s October Sand Dune, a Yorkshire Terrier bred and owned by Nanta Tansach is Thailand’s current top dog all breeds.

The most popular breeds with the highest entries at these particular shows happened to be the Pomeranian and Siberian Husky. In both of these breeds I saw a consistent quality in the classes, a handful of really great dogs with potential, with the remainder of the entry not too far from that.

Speaking of great dogs, I was also impressed by the Bully breeds. Both the French Bulldog and Bulldog entries were outstanding. And luckily for me, the Number 1 dog all breeds was competing at this show, Yorkshire Terrier Th. Grand Mal. Ind. Ch. Nanette’s October Sand Dune. Watching this Toy in the ring left no doubt that this dog loves to show, and I could see why he is Number 1!


Four Best in Show winners are pictured at the recently held shows of the Kennel Club of Thailand.

For those of you who may not know how a Thai shows run, here’s what I experienced. During each show, the exhibitors compete in breed as they normally do everywhere, but once breed judging is finished the winner immediately goes into the Group ring. As the Group winners are chosen, however, they don’t actually walk right into the Best in Show ring, but must wait until the very end of the show, no matter whether their Group win was at the day’s first or second all-breed show.Four all-breed shows were held in just two days. Beforehand I was thinking how challenging this was going to be for me, but as the shows went on I came to see why it is indeed the right thing for the kennel club to do. The events are not too big, so it’s not much of a hassle to show twice in the same day, and it creates more points for more dogs in a shorter period of time. How great is that?

Once both all-breed shows’ Group judging is complete, the two rings (yes, there are only two) are prepared for the Best in Show competitions. But that’s not all. In Thailand, not only is a Best in Show winner selected for each show, so are a Best Local Bred in Show, Best Baby in Show, Best Puppy in Show and Best Junior in Show. This was definitely a big difference for me, and all of the wins seemed well-deserved!


The shows’ organizer, Mr. Victor Sujilapongsin, is enthusiastic supporter of dog shows.

So, all in all, the Kennel Club of Thailand, without a doubt, made a very big impression on me. I can’t wait to continue my experiences here, and I hope to help to expand the junior handling community.Aside from being impressed by the wonderful quality of the dogs, I was also pleased by the kindness of the Thai dog people. I was able to chat with the shows’ organizer, Mr. Victor Sujilapongsin, who expressed to me how proud he is to present dog shows in Thailand. He said that with every show he hopes to please the exhibitors, staff and judges the best that he can. Mr. Sujilapongsin’s goal is to make everyone comfortable and worry-free. He also says that he thinks the Kennel Club of Thailand has room for growth, particularly with the addition of more professional handlers and increasing interest in the sport among the Thai people. These concerns have been presented to the board of the kennel club that hopes to work as a team to keep going on strong!

The Kennel Club of Thailand provided wonderful hospitality, and its members were willing to answer any questions I had. (And boy did I have a lot of them!)


Oh, did I mention they have amazing sunsets here?

Worldwide, Dogs Freakin’ Rule!

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Kayla Bertagnolli is a 23-year-old from Ogden, UT, who's been involved in the dog show world her whole life. A former junior handler who learned about breeding Beagles from her mother Leah, she assisted several professional handlers and is currently working to become a Junior Showmanship judge. Kayla is passionate about photography and writes the twice-weekly blog, DFR. She plans to continue breeding and showing, and expects to stay involved in dogs "for life!"
  • Robin May 7, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    The way 4 shows in 2 days was handled in Thailand is the same way the UKC and IABCA shows I’ve been to are handled, except that sometimes I’ve gone from Ring #1 where the 1st show of the day’s judging was done, then into Ring #2 where the 2nd show’s judging was done.
    Other shows have been run where all the Breed and Group judging of show #1 was finished before starting Breed and Group judging of show #2. Then Best in Show for the day’s 2 shows are held at the end of the day.
    It makes for smoother running of a show with lots of breeds, but not a lot of entries in each breed. If you don’t take a win to continue on with, you are free to leave early. By the end of the day it is mostly the Group winners left, so getting equipment out and packed up is a breeze.
    These shows also have Best Puppy in Show, Best Bred By Exhibitor in Show, and I love their idea of taking all the weekend’s top winners and putting them in the ring together after the last BIS is picked, and a 3 judge panel confers to pick a ‘Best of the Best’. What a thrill it was for me to be in contention for that honor with a bitch of my own breeding!

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