The Red Deer & District Kennel Club’s annual All Breed Dog Show kicked off Friday morning at Westerner Park.
The dog show, which has dog breeds from across Western Canada including some from the United States, ran all weekend.
Ivan Busenius, a volunteer with the Red Deer Kennel Club, said the dog show has about 500 entries a day.
The three-day show featured three conformation shows, three obedience and ‘Rally-O’ trials, junior handling and different events. In the Fall, the show includes a canine health clinic.
Many of the people showing the dogs breed them, Busenius explained.
“A dog like a Doberman can be worth anywhere from $2,500 to $5,000, depending on the type of dog,” he said. “Different breeds of dogs are different prices, depending on the rarity of them and sometimes some dogs are harder to get than other dogs but the least expensive would be about $1,500. We have had a show dog that was worth $10,000 to $20,000.”
He added, “Most of the people in the show business breed dogs to try and better the breed and get a better show dog. Not like the puppy mills out there that are pumping dogs out left, right and centre.”
The Red Deer & District Kennel Club is a volunteer-based organization. Its dog shows take place twice a year, in the Spring and Fall.