Mark your calendars! This weekend is one of two dog shows held annually in Saskatoon. This one happens to be the Hub City Kennel and Obedience Club show, and will be taking place at the Exhibition grounds in Hall E. And, quite unusual for us, this is our first show of 2012.
This weekend marks the show debut of Alice, one of the pups from my first ever Chihuahua litter. I’m super excited to be taking a puppy I’ve bred into the ring for the first time ever. I have high hopes for this little one. She really is an outstanding pup with a temperament to die for!
If you’re free this weekend, you should come on out. The show will go from 9 AM until roughly 3 PM each day (except Sunday, which usually shuts down a little earlier so everyone who has to travel can start on their way home). I highly recommend coming as early as possible though, as shows tend to thin out later in the day. As people finish up with their dogs for the day, they usually head out rather than sticking around the show site. So coming in the morning or very early afternoon means you’re more likely to encounter a wider variety of dogs.
Our approximate ring times on each day are as follows:
- 9:00 on Friday (in ring two)
- 12:15 on Saturday (in ring one)
- during the lunch break on Saturday (kid kid will be taking Alice in for Juniors)
- 9:00 on Sunday (in ring two)
- during the lunch break on Sunday (for puppy sweeps)
If there’s a particular breed you are interested in seeing, I recommend downloading the official schedule at http://canuckdogs.com/upload/DogShowDocs/2b117948-900c-11e1-bf94-46ab87a4a13a.pdf It contains a listing of breeds that will be in attendance each day, along with the numbers of each breed and the break down of males, females, and specials.
To figure out an approximate show time for each breed you’re interested in seeing, take the number of dogs in the ring prior to the breed you are interested in watching, and multiply by 2.5. It takes the judge roughly two and a half minutes to judge each dog. So, if you want to watch the Irish Setters on Friday you’d multiply the 20 dogs in the ring prior to them by 2.5, giving you 50 minutes. That group starts at 1:00, so you can estimate that they’d be in at roughly 1:50 on Friday.
So yay! Dog show season!!! One of my favourite times of year.