Tongues will be flapping and tails will be wagging at the Jayhawk Kennel Club's 39th annual All Breed Dog Show and Obedience Trial on Saturday at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
More than 900 dogs of 112 different breeds will be shown at the show, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to about 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.
"They (the dogs) just love it," said Linda Decelles, who is coordinating publicity for the show. "Many of the dogs get upset if you don't take them" to the competition, she said.
Decelles said she expected participants from around the country.
At last year's show, dogs and their owners from 33 states, Canada and Mexico participated, she said. About 70 percent of the dogs from last year's show came from outside the state.
For people who have never been to a dog show, Decelles said pamphlets will be available to help explain judging in the different classes.
The dogs are judged in different groups: sporting group, hound group, working group, terrier group, toy group, non-sporting group and herding group.
Awards are given for best male and female dog in each category.
The show also will feature a junior showmanship competition, in which children will be judged on their ability to show their dogs.
Decelles said some participants spend all year preparing for the show.
"They start right after the puppy is born and start teaching him," she said. "The grooming preparation just depends on the breed of dog. For some owners, it's a year-round process. Others just give their dogs a bath the night before the show."
Food and dog supplies will be available at the show.
Organizers are asking that people who come to watch the show leave their pets at home.
The Jayhawk Kennel Club has about 60 members, Decelles said.