Rare breed of pooch in running for Queensland award
A TOOWOOMBA dog has been chosen to compete in the 2017 Dog and Puppy of the Year Awards.
Chamuco is known by his show name, Aust Ch Wazzat Chamuco, and is a xoloitzcuintle (pronounced "show low eats qweent lee") standard breed.
Chamuco is one of 223 dogs who earned themselves a spot in the annual event, hosted by Dogs Queensland.
This year's competition was fierce.
Chamuco was selected from a pool of 120,000 entrants from more than 500 state-wide competitions held during the past 12 months.
At two-years-old, Chamuco is a primitive breed who is not naturally at home in the arena.
However his owners Kim Haddon and Jacqi Dinis are thrilled he has been announced as a finalist.
"He's a rare and unusual competitor.
"So we are thrilled that Chamuco is one of the few dogs who have been nominated, it's very exciting," Ms Haddon said.
Every weekend, somewhere in Queensland, pure bred dogs compete in conformation shows that judge their fitness, grooming and behaviour.
The results of these events have been tallied over the past year by Dogs Queensland, the peak body for pedigree dog standards and exhibition in Queensland.
On Friday, October 20 Chamuco will be part of the 118 dogs and 105 puppies who will be judged, with 32 dogs and 32 puppies going through to the final judging round on Saturday, October 21.
Judges will be brought in from across the globe, with exhibition experts arriving from Japan, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and the United States - tasked with the tough job of selecting the winners.
Dogs Queensland general manager Rob Harrison said the exciting event was challenging and highly competitive.
"Our members who chose to compete with their dogs spend a lot of time training and grooming them, so the decision making is very difficult," he said.
"The Dog and Puppy of the Year awards are also across all breeds, so judges are assessing every kind of dog from a chihuahua to a great Dane.
"It is a great weekend."
The top dog announcements are being supported by two days of competition that will see hundreds of pure bred dogs vying for the opportunity to compete in the 2018 Dog and Puppy of the Year Awards.