More than 900 dogs and handlers are scheduled to participate in the five-day all breed dog show happening at the Claremore Expo Center this weekend.
The Mid-Continent Kennel Club, the Mid-Del-Tinker Kennel Club and the Claremore Kennel Club are co-hosting the show, which features dogs from all over the country.
Show Chairman Jana Proffit Davis of the Mid-Continent Kennel Club said that starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday, each breed competes as a group. The dogs do not compete against each other but against a set of written standards for that breed.
All the best-of-breed winners are put into group competitions. Group winners then compete for Best in Show.
In large dog shows such as this one, typically dogs are presented by professional dog handlers. The owners of these champion dogs will hire a handler to travel with their dog from dog show to dog show.
Some owners, however, will act as their own handlers. Owner handlers compete for a separate Best in Show competition as well.
“That gives people who want to handle their own dogs the opportunity to compete with their peers instead of professionals,” Davis said.
Saturday their will be a best puppy competition.
Children also get the chance to show dogs.
Junior Showmanship is for children aged 9 to 18, and the competition judges how the kids handle to dog, not the dog itself.
Pee Wee Showmanship is for children aged 4 to 9, and will be Saturday at noon. Adults are required to go in the ring with the kids.