SATURDAY will be the day for dogs at this year’s Orange Show and animal lovers across the region are invited to come along and watch some of the best dogs in the region compete.
The dog championships will feature all kinds of breeds, including gun dogs, hounds, working dogs, toy dogs and terriers, with prizes including best of breed, show champion and sweepstakes.
While Sadria Kennels owner Pattie Morrissey said her German shepherd Tilly Devine, which won Best of Breed in 2013, would not compete this year, after having a litter of pups six weeks ago, chief steward Helen Wood said about 200 dogs had been registered.
“Our numbers are down this year because Bathurst is having a dog show on the same weekend, with international judges,” she said.
“But we do have some big names coming from Sydney, so that’s pretty exciting.”
The dog section has been a part of the Orange Show since the 1950s, and Ms Wood said the Show Society decided to keep it on the program this year, despite clashing with the three-day Bathurst dog show.
“There will be dogs coming from Sydney, Canberra, Bathurst, Lithgow and Blue Mountains,” Ms Wood said.
“It’s not just dogs from the region, we’re getting good quality dogs to the show.”
Competitions will begin at 9.30am and run all day on Saturday.
Ms Wood said members of the public were welcome to come along.
“Anyone looking to buy a dog can see different breeds and talk to the breeders so they can get a good idea about yard size and temperament and that sort of thing,” she said.