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திங்கள், ஜனவரி 31, 2011

Exotic breeds impress at dog show

CUDDALORE: 

        The large number of visitors at the multi-media government exhibition at the Manjakuppam grounds here were treated to a high-calibre dog show in which exotic and rare breeds were displayed by their proud owners on Sunday.

         The event held under the auspices of the Public Relations Department and the Animal Husbandry Department drew overwhelming response from dog breeders, dog lovers and the lay public. The audience was spellbound by certain rare breeds such as Bull Mastiff. According to Joint Director of Animal Husbandry Department M. Elangovan, a Bull Mastiff might cost around Rs 3.5 lakh.

        At least 42 high breeds, including Cocker Spaniel, Great Dane, Doberman, Rottweilers, Buck, Kombai, Dalmatian, Pomeranian, Labrador and Rajapalayam, made their presence felt. The dogs were initially lined up along with their owners and later their behavioural pattern was tested. Each breed would have distinct characteristics and the jurylooked for how well the dogs matched these aspects. The dogs were extremely faithful to the breeders and while they seemed normally docile, a quick hint from the owner would trigger them to instantaneous action as they pounced on the target.Mr Elangovan said that as far as today's show was concerned, all the breeds were well taken care of by the owners. These were drawn mostly from Cuddalore and Chidambaram towns.

           The number of entries in the show clearly established the fact that there were quite a number of dog lovers who try to possess the high breeds of their choice, regardless of the cost factor. What was unique about the event was that all the breeds were well-maintained, indicating the time spent on them by the owners for their upkeep. Asked about the objective of the show, Mr Elangovan said that it would create awareness among the people about the existence of such breeds and also would induce in them the desire to have pet dogs, thus creating a bond between the homo sapiens and the animal kingdom.

           Pon.Muthiah, Public Relations Officer, said that besides the rare breeds there were also well-kept desi varieties, in all totalling 150 dogs, that graced the occasion. Cash prizes awarded by the jury to the best dogs would act as an incentive for others too to raise pet animals, he added.

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