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Fredericksburg dog show
BY CRAIG SCHULIN
Angulation, baiting, soundness and stacking--these are just a few of the terms you'll probably hear at the Fredericksburg Expo over the next few days.
By Saturday, the population of dogs in Fredericksburg will have jumped up to 1,400.
"Three clubs in our regions--Northern Neck Kennel Club of Virginia, Greater Fredericksburg Kennel Club and Chesapeake Kennel Club of Maryland--joined together three years ago to hold five days of consecutive shows in one location," said Patti Staub, show chairman.
The dogs, some traveling from as far away as Wisconsin, will be competing in all-breed, obedience, rally and junior showmanship.
"This really is a good way for people looking for a dog to find a breed that is right for them," said Staub.
"Because they care so much about the well-being of the dogs and the breed, breeders will be very honest, unlike what you might see in a puppy mill," said Staub.
One hundred and sixty-three breeds of dogs are recognized by the American Kennel Club, the overall governing body that the competitions follow.
The large competitions, the all-breed, are broken down into seven groups: sporting, hounds, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting and herding.
The winner of each of these goes on to compete for Best in Show.
"These dogs are under lots of stress when they are in the ring, and can burn up to 4,000 calories during that time," said Staub.
Their ability to remain calm and professional is what makes show dogs what Staub calls "the most well-adjusted dogs in the world."
Craig Schulin: 540/374-5000
What: Celebrate Virginia Dog Show Where: Fredericksburg Expo Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg When: Jan. 12-16; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Cost: Free admission; free parking Info: 540/548.5555. gfkc.org. At the show: Cell phones must be turned off or on vibrate within 50 feet of the rings. No strollers in building. No chairs available at shows; please bring your own.