An annual dog show is expected to draw about 1,000 dogs and their handlers Saturday to Lawrence.
They're ready to show off -- 29 rottweilers, 20 collies and even three Portuguese water dogs.
Those dogs are among nearly 1,000 canines of various breeds that will try to wag their way to victory Saturday at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
They're entered in the Lawrence Jayhawk Kennel Club's 40th annual All Breed Dog Show and Obedience Trial, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds, 21st and Harper.
"We get people coming in from all over the country," said Linda Decelles, who is in charge of the show's publicity.
Organizers say the event will feature 974 dogs. They said 85 to 90 percent of the dogs come from outside Douglas County and 65 percent to 70 percent come from out of state.
Last year, the show drew dogs from 33 states, Canada and Mexico, Decelles said. She said the program listing the dogs at this year's show is kept secret until the show opens Saturday morning.
Many of the dog owners competing in the show will use it to help improve their dog's championship rating for breeding purposes, she said.
The show, which is free and open to the public, is a good way for people thinking about getting a purebred dog to see the different breeds and ask the owners questions about the dogs, she said.
"We get quite a few people to come out to watch," Decelles said. Pets who aren't in the show will not be allowed on the fairgrounds.
Most of the dog owners and handlers come to spend one to two nights in the city, bringing in an estimated $50,000 during the weekend to the local economy according to the show's organizers.
"It brings a lot of money to Lawrence," Decelles said.
She said 110 of the 143 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club will be shown in confirmation classes, which rates the dogs on looks and movement. Thirty-nine dogs will be shown in various obedience classes and 19 children will show their dogs in the junior showmanship.
Here's a list of the newer breeds and their showing times: one Dandie Dinmont, 11 a.m., Ring 1; one petit basset griffon verdeen 2:15 p.m., Ring 4; one black and tan coonhound, 10:30 a.m., Ring 2; 10 French bulldogs, 8:30 a.m., Ring 2; two Tibetan spaniels, 9:40 a.m., Ring 2; three Portuguese water dogs, 2 p.m., Ring 7; two briards, 11 a.m., Ring 5; two American foxhounds, 2:15 p.m., Ring 4; three shiba inus, 10:50 a.m., Ring 2.
Here's a list of the larger entry classes: 19 bulldogs, 8:40 a.m., Ring 2; 29 rottweilers, 8:45 a.m., Ring 7; 20 collies, 11:15 a.m., Ring 4; 25 lhasa apsos, 12:45 p.m., Ring 2; 28 Dalmations, 11 a.m., Ring 3; 24 miniature pinschers, 8:45 a.m., Ring 3; 23 Australian shepherds, 10 a.m., Ring 5; 25 Siberian huskies, 1:45 p.m., Ring 7; 19 Chinese shar-pei, 9:45 a.m., Ring 2.