PHOTO GALLERY: Competing at the Columbia Kennel Club Dog Show

Saturday, March 12, 2011 | 9:01 p.m. CST; updated 3:43 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Cindy McDonald is licked by a friend's dog backstage during the Columbia Kennel Club Dog Show at the Boone County Fairgrounds. "This is a small community," McDonald said. "When a friend needs some help, you help them."

COLUMBIA — Competitors from all over the U.S. came to the Boone County Fairgrounds for the Columbia Kennel Club Dog Show.

The show continues at 8 a.m. Sunday. The last event begins at 1:30 p.m.

Joyce Standish and Doris Johnson prepare their toy fox terrier, Turbocharged, for Sunday's competition during the Columbia Kennel Club Dog Show at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Turbocharged competed early Saturday morning but did not place. "He's just getting started," Johnson said.
Rebecca Myers and her rough collie from Peoria, Ill., run around the show floor for judges during the Columbia Kennel Club Dog Show at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

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Robin Nuttall March 13, 2011 | 8:26 a.m.

Just to be clear, a dog show is not a "race" and there is no "racing." There are three main competitions going on at the fairgrounds this weekend. These photos show the breed (conformation) show, where dogs are judged according to how closely they conform to the standard of their breed. The breed standard acts as a "blueprint" of a mythical ideal specimen of each breed, and is usually based strongly on the traditional role of the breed. For instance, the heavy coat of the rough collie was needed for weather protection in the highlands. They toy fox terrier (as shown above) is a small but powerful vemin hunter with a bold personality. Labs should have an otter tail (thick, fairly short, tapered) webbed toes and a double coat, so they can swim powerfully to retrieve birds for hours in harsh conditions.

There is also Obedience and Rally Obedience at the show, as well as a number of vendors with all kinds of great dog items for show people and pet people too. No strollers please, and ask before you pet a dog but go on out! Only $2 for adults, kids are free.

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John Schultz March 13, 2011 | 11:13 a.m.

No strollers? Way to accommodate those with little ones...

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Robin Nuttall March 14, 2011 | 8:41 a.m.

@John, no strollers for a couple of very good reasons. First, it gets very crowded in there. Second, and more important, strollers put small children at a very bad height for meeting dogs. While most dogs are quite friendly, a few are not. And some find strollers frightening, which heightens the danger. Children are allowed, just no strollers.

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