A four-day dog show is coming to Dunkirk Thursday through Sunday. Over the course of the show to be held at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, as many as 135 different breeds or varieties of dogs will compete. Dogs are judged first within their own breed. Winning dogs advance to variety groups: herding, non-sporting, hound, sporting, toy, working and terrier. The best in each group advances to the competition for best in show.
Dogs of all shapes and sizes will be not only competing for Best of Breed prizes but also Obedience and Rally. Obedience trials showcase dogs that have been trained and conditioned to behave well in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs. Rally is like obedience but requiring the dog and owner to work through a course.
The fairgrounds will be quite a busy place with as many as eight different rings holding events simultaneously. Vendors will be present with lots of dog equipment, toys, treats and more.
The dog show to be held at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds will run Thursday through Sunday.
This is a cluster show called The Southern Tier Area Cluster and which consists of two kennel clubs, the Conewango Valley Kennel Club and the Olean Kennel Club. This is the fourth year that the two clubs have worked together on the show.
Saturday will be "Dunkirk Appreciation Day." There are lots of activities for the public to enjoy. The Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue and the Lake Shore Humane Society working together to provide a chicken barbecue and will have an information booth. Visitors can "Meet the Breeds" to see dogs of all shapes and sizes and information about them Saturday at noon at Ring 1 and exhibitors will be participating in a Best Decorated Golf Cart Contest.
Come meet the dogs any of the four days, which will be an opportunity to see local canine companions at their best.