From July 14 to July 17, Sturdivant Park went to the dogs. 460 dogs converged to compete in the 53rd Annual Coos Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show.
The American Kennel Club only recognizes 195 breeds and over 100 breeds were represented at the Sturdivant event. First, the dogs compete in Best in Breed, then Best in Group and finally Best in Show. There are seven groups: Toy, Sporting, Non-Sporting, Terrier, Herding, Working and Hound. Dogs are judged on 14 qualities which include the size and shape of the dog’s head, the general structure of their tail, the texture and length of their coat and even the length and thickness of whiskers are judged. Then the owner or handler should run with the dog to demonstrate their gait. Poodles are expected to run proud while Doberman dogs are expected to look fierce and intimidating. Breeds are judged on how close they are to all of the traits that make up their breed standards.