More than a thousand dogs representing a wide range of breeds will be at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds this weekend.
More than a thousand dogs from across the country and an even greater number of people will be at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds today and Sunday for the annual Lawrence Jayhawk Kennel Club show.
"Our entries are up this year," said Liz DuMortier, a Dalmatian owner and trophy chairman for the event. "We must be doing something right."
Dogs of 130 or more breeds, some of them rare and strange, will be displayed and judged by 17 dog experts flown in from various corners of the United States for the show, DuMortier said.
Among the unusual breeds: Plott hounds, Polish lowland sheepdogs, spinoni Italiani and Canaan dogs, which "look kind of like a smooth-hair collie, only smaller," DuMortier said.
There will be Havanese and Lowchens and Chinese cresteds, which are hairless save for tufts on their feet, tail tip and top of the head.
Dogs are divided into at least seven classes for judging: toy, sporting, terrier, non-sporting, herding, working and hounds," DuMortier said.
"There are some top dogs" from around the nation entered in the competition, she said.
Kennel club members have been busy preparing for the event, but others have pitched in, too, donating trophies and services. Among the donors are boarding kennels, veterinarians, and feed and pet stores.
The show will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission and parking are free. Food and drink will be sold at concession stands.
"We ask that people don't bring their dogs" unless they are show entries, DuMortier said.
Boy Scouts will patrol the grounds as "pooper scoopers," she said.
The main judging events begin at 2:45 p.m. today and at 2 p.m. Sunday.
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