BANGOR, Maine — The American Kennel Club-sanctioned Penobscot Valley Kennel Club Breed/Obedience/Rally-Obedience dog match will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15, outdoors rain or shine near Mansfield Stadium and Sawyer Arena at Hayford Park off 13th Street.
In addition to breed conformation, obedience and rally obedience, there will be categories for junior and adult dog handling.
Registration for all categories begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 15 minutes before judging. Obedience and rally-O judging begins at 10 a.m.; junior and adult dog handling at 11 a.m.; lunch and agility demonstration at noon; and breed judging at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $6 per dog in its first event, with a $3 charge for the same dog per additional event.
Judges at dog shows are tasked with choosing the dogs that most closely reflect the AKC’s written standard of the dog’s breed, and it is presumed these dogs most likely will be used as breeding stock. Those who want to choose their first dog may find a dog show a good place to learn more about different breeds. Several PVKC members will be at the match to answer questions about the various breeds of dogs.
The seven groups of dogs recognized by AKC are: sporting, used primarily for bird hunting; hounds, used for tracking and hunting; working, used for pulling sleds or other chores; terriers, used for hunting and are noted for going to ground for their game; toy, which essentially are miniatures dogs meant primarily to be pets; non-sporting, includes a variety of breeds with the main appeal as companion dogs; and herding, which are used to manage flocks or herds of livestock primarily.
Dog matches are meant to mimic actual dog shows to give dogs and handlers experience before they enter an actual conformation show.
Match Chairwoman Margaret Mitchell of Holden, a PVKC member for 35 years, recommends spectators and participants bring chairs, cameras, shade and extra water for their dogs and themselves.