Annual dog show in PB this weekend

The annual Southeast Arkansas Kennel Club Dog Show will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

The event is open to the public with judging to start at 9 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Admission will be $5 for adults and $2 for children 6 and under.

Cynthia Gurnsey, club chairman, expects several hundred people and their canine competitors in Pine Bluff this weekend.

“We are the last dog show before Westminster next week and this is the last chance for people to earn points for their dogs before then,” Gurnsey said. “So we are expecting around 800 people with their dogs from all over the country. Last year we had one from Hawaii and we have had people come down from Alaska as well.”

Gurnsey said dogs move up the rankings by moving from best in breed to best in group and finally to best in show and that they are judged in categories including physical characteristics, gait, attitude and obedience.

Gurnsey said the dogs and their owners aren’t the only ones coming from all over, with judges coming from as far afield as Nevada and South Carolina.

“The show is conducted within the guidelines of the American Kennel Club and they will be sending a representative down to make sure that we are doing that,” Gurnsey said.