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.
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!
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!
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!