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Dogs NSW Dog of the Year - March 17

Celebrations for the Chinese New Year - ‘Year of the Dog’ may have ended, but not for Dogs NSW where every day is a celebration of dogs – especially on March 17!

Who will win the ‘Dog of the Year’ in the Year of the Dog?

About 200 award-winning pedigree show dogs will compete on Saturday 17th March at the NSW Show Dog, Puppy and Neuter of the Year show, hosted by Dogs NSW in partnership with major sponsor Royal Canin.

Dogs NSW is the peak body that promotes breeding, showing, trialling, obedience and other canine-related activities, and the ownership of temperamentally and physically sound purebred dogs - registered with the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) – in NSW

This year, the Great Gatsby themed event at Orchard Hills welcomes dog lovers dressed in glitz and glamour!

“The dogs on show are the crème de la crème of Australia and are the top show dogs and puppies in their breed for 2017!” said Lynnette Brown, President of Dogs NSW. “These top dogs will compete for the ultimate award which celebrates the best overall appearance, construction, unique breed features, health and temperament.”

2016 Royal Canin Dogs NSW Exhibitor - Cocker Puppy of the Year; Photo Credit: Ffire Photography
Last year, the top dog for 2016 was a Keeshond (lead image), with a Fox Terrier (smooth) winning Puppy of the Year and a Shetland Sheepdog awarded the top prize for Neuter of the Year.

To qualify for Dog of the Year, an entrant must have won ‘Best in Show’ at any Championship Show in NSW. For Puppy of the Year, the entrant must have won a ‘Baby, Minor or Puppy in Show’ and the Neuter of the Year entrant must have taken out the top prize at a Neuter Class at any Championship Show in NSW.

Canine winners and runners-up will be determined by nine mystery judges to be revealed on the night. Dogs won’t be the only winners – ‘Best Dressed’ ladies and ‘Gentleman Handlers’ will also strut their stuff for a prize!

Prizes include rosettes and an array of trophies from sponsors, including Royal Canin (major sponsor), Bowral Vet Hospital, Ozentries, Dogs NSW Journal, Marellan Show Ribbons, Cabal Canine Candids, It Suits Me, Dog News Australia, Ffire Photography and Delete™.

“Dogs NSW thanks each one of our sponsors for their support and generosity,” said Mrs Brown. The Dogs NSW Show Dog, Puppy and Neuter of the Year event is proudly sponsored by Royal Canin.


Dogs NSW Show; Dog, Puppy & Neuter of the Year

When: Saturday, 17 March 2018, starting at 6pm

Where: Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs, Orchard Hills, NSW

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About Dogs NSW

Dogs NSW is the controlling body of purebred dog breeding and exhibiting in New South Wales. The association promotes responsible dog breeding, showing, obedience, agility, working and sporting dog trials and other canine-related activities, as well as the ownership of temperamentally and physically sound purebred dogs by individuals in NSW.

Dogs NSW has over 10,000 members, with over 300 affiliated breed and kennel clubs throughout NSW. More than 50 of these affiliated clubs conduct dog training classes as a community service in local government areas, normally on a weekly basis. Dogs NSW is a member body of the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC).

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