OTTUMWA — The Southeastern Iowa Kennel Club is hosting its 70th Anniversary All-Breed Dog Shows at the Bridge View Center on Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13. The competition starts at 8 a.m. each day and will last until between 3 and 4 p.m.
Expect to see more than 100 breeds of dog on display. Many of the competitors sign their dogs up for both days so that they have two chances to earn a top finishing spot.
“We encourage the public to come out,” said Michelle Chaney, president of the Southeastern Iowa Kennel Club. “It’s always nice to have spectators come out and learn a bit about what responsible dog owners and breeders are all about.”
Spectators are welcome to attend and admire the many different breeds as they are primped and led around the ring.
Each female and male canine will be entered into one of the following classes — puppy, 12-18 months, bred by exhibitor, American-bred, novice or open. The winning male and female dogs will move on to compete for best of breed. Best of breed will be awarded to the winner, regardless of sex.
The best of breed winners then compete in one of the seven variety classes — herding, hound, non-sporting, sporting, terrier, toy or working. First through fourth place is awarded to the qualifying dog in each group. The first-place winners of the group classes move on to compete for Best In Show.
“Each day is like a clean slate. It’s not an accumulative competition. Anybody can win,” Chaney said.
Seven dogs will compete in both the Best In Show finals. A different dog could be named Best In Show during each day of the event.
In addition, there will be a junior showmanship competition that is not part of the standard competition. The divisions in this competition include novice junior, intermediate and senior classes as well as open junior, intermediate and senior classes. There will also be a master class each day. The winner in each class will move on to compete for Best Junior Handler.