Calcasieu Kennel Club event to get underway today

Dog enthusiasts will have the opportunity to cheer on their favorite breeds as the Calcasieu Kennel Club Dog Show begins today, June 8, in the Lake Charles Civic Center.

The best representation of the standard for each breed will be determined as judges study the conformation of each dog registered for the four-day event.

“Each dog you will see competing this weekend is on his or her way to garnering enough points to compete in larger shows like the Westminster Kennel Club dog show,” said Yorkshire terrier breeder Ruth Conner.

“These dogs compete every weekend in different states on their way to becoming the best of the best, and there is a lot of dedication and hard work along the way.”

On Saturday and Sunday, the Acadiana Kennel Club will host its own dog show at the Civic Center. At both events guests can expect to see over 150 breeds represented. By Sunday, nearly 900 registered dogs will have taken their turn inside the ring.

Competition will begin at 8 a.m. each day with a breed-specific event. Winners will go on to compete in that breed’s group, including herding, hound and toy. At the end of each day, the top winners will compete for Best in Show.

Conner said the show will host dogs from several states, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Alabama and Mississippi.

There is no charge to attend the event, but officials ask that no dogs other than those registered for competition be taken to the show. Children are welcome, but strollers aren’t allowed.  

Vendors will be on hand with a selection of dog items and accessories.

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Online: http://calcasieukc.com.

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A poodle is shown at the 2015 Calcasieu Kennel Club dog show

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