Posted: Jun 19, 2013 10:05 AM by Victoria Fregoso - MTN News
BILLINGS - No matter what breed makes your cut for top dog, you'll probably see it this week at the Metra Park Pavillion.
"We have a little over 120 breeds here and they vary anywhere from a Chihuahua to a Great Dane and everything in between," said Patrick Jones, Yellowstone Valley Kennel Club President.
The dog show is put on the by the Yellowstone Valley Kennel Club. From Tuesday, June 18 to Thursday, June 20, various breeds will try their best to impress.
"You have top competition here and even these small towns bring in some of the top competition from all over the United States," said Shari Rhodes-Lee, professional dog handler. "Your challenge in a day is to try and do as well or better than those dogs that are coming here."
Judged on everything from structure to movement and coat condition, the dogs start off the day at 8:30 a.m. and compete for the best of breed. The stakes get higher as those chosen as the best go up against each other.
"And that number one dog at the end of the day, that's the best in show winner. And then the next day, we start the whole procedure over again," Jones said.
Dog shows take the saying "man's best friend" to a whole new level. Owners and handlers work with dogs since they're puppies in hopes they'll one day be best in show.
"We've had her since she was eight weeks old and you know, it takes a lot of socializing," said Debbie Rhodes, who was showing her dog Jemma. "It takes a lot of being around noise and confusion and chaos."
The competition doesn't stop here. For most dogs, this is just one stop in their mission to become the best in the country.
The show is free to watch.