Showtime: Groomed Dogs Of 55 Different Breeds Walk The Ramp In Madurai To Promote Breeding

Showtime: Groomed Dogs Of 55 Different Breeds Walk The Ramp In Madurai To Promote Breeding

The Madurai Canine Club’s dog exhibition, held on Sunday at the Thamkukam Convention Centre, was a huge success. At a dog show in Tamil Nadu, 300 dogs from the southern states wowed the audience. 

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What was the event for?

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The event, which reportedly featured roughly 55 canine types elegantly strolling around the ring with their owners, displaying their beauty and talents, was organised by the club. 

The dogs were groomed before the exhibition and then guided around the arena by their owners. According to sources, the campaign attempted to raise awareness of uncommon local breeds.

Which breeds were there?

According to, the dog show featured Indian breeds like Rajapalayam, Chippiparai, Kanni, Kombai, and Caravan Hound, as well as foreign breeds like Afghan Hound, Fox Terrier, German Shepherd, Dobermann, St Bernard, Rottweiler, Pug, Golden Retriever, Min Pin, Bull Dog, French Bull, and Bull Mastiff, which captivated the audience.

“Min Pin” is a common abbreviation for the Miniature Pinscher, which is a small breed of dog. The Miniature Pinscher is often referred to as the “Min Pin” for short. 

These dogs are known for their small size, sleek and muscular bodies, and their lively and spirited personalities.

Miniature Pinschers are often mistaken for miniature versions of the Doberman Pinscher due to their similar appearance, including their coat colors and markings. 

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However, they are a distinct breed and have their unique characteristics and traits. Other breeds that participated in the contest were also lesser known locals. 

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How did the event go?

When asked about the increased public interest in Indian breeds, Raja Rajan, who raises both native and international dogs, told the Hindu that it’s a very positive indicator. 

Previously, proving the pedigree and obtaining a Kennel Club of India (KCI) certificate were only available for foreign breeds, but now that the KCI has accepted Indian breeds, it has proven advantageous. 

According to Vinayaga Moorthy, a member of the Madurai Canine Club, the Rhodesian Ridgeback was on display for the first time this year. He went on to say that if the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) and the World Canine Organisation recognise native breeds, they will be eligible to compete in international dog exhibitions.  

“The process is lengthy,” he said, “as they inspect 75 dogs of the same breed ranging in age from 35 days to 5 years and look for common standard features.” This becomes challenging with our native species.” 

The show’s judges, Yuji Yatake from Japan and James Stephen Beckett and Carolwyn Beckett from Australia, told the portal that they were astounded by the stamina and fitness of these native Indian breeds.

The event drew viewers and dog enthusiasts from all throughout the state, with many children attending with their families. 

Watch the video of the exhibition here.

#WATCH | Tamil Nadu: More than 300 dogs from Southern states participated in a dog show organised in Madurai. (08.10)

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— ANI (@ANI) October 9, 2023

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