LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - It finally happened: Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center in Longview has gone to the dogs. But it’s not necessarily a bad thing when it’s some of the best dogs in the country competing in the United Kennel Club Texas Classic.
Jennifer Fulgham and her pal Dylan from Brownsboro have been strutting their stuff together for about a year, although Jennifer has been at it longer than that.
“I started off showing Irish Setters,” Jennifer said.
But she moved to a standard poodle. But what are the judges judging?
“They are comparing each dog against that breed’s breed standard, and they’re trying to choose a dog that they feel best meets or mirrors their breed’s standard that’s written for them,” Jennifer explained.
So the dogs aren’t compared to each other, just, well basically a superdog, or at least a perfect breed of dog. But there is a group ring.
“Those are dogs that are put together because they have similarities. Usually what their actual function for the breed is. So these dogs are a gun dog because they were the original hunting breed,” Jennifer stated.
Chris Segrest and his standard poodle Simone live in Tyler, and he says the shows can be hectic.
“You’re always blowing, you’re always fluffing,” I said.
“Doing something to them, getting them ready,” Chris agreed.
They’re not allowed to use hair products on the dogs so he has to fluff since he wants:
“Best of breed,” Chris said.
“And then best of show,” I offered.
“Yes,” he agreed.
“You think you have a shot?”
“Oh yes. Good shot; real good shot,” Chris smiled.
He could be right since he says he won:
“Last week; best of show, best of breed in Addison Texas,” Chris claimed.
And even if Chris and Jennifer don’t fare well today:
“There’s five more shows before the weekends over so we’ll see,” Jennifer smiled.
The competition is, well, rough, but the dogs and their handlers are very well behaved.
The UKC Texas Classic goes on at Maude Cobb through Sunday, Nov. 17, and it’s free to attend. A little tip for you if you go: Ask the owner’s permission before petting any of the dogs.
The UKC dog show will offer:
- Altered Conformation
- Junior Showmanship
- Rally Obedience
- Weight Pull
- SPOT evaluations
- Total Dog competitions.
Admission to watch is free.