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Photos: Highlights of the Houston World Series of Dog Shows

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Collie dogs on display at the Houston World Series of Dog Shows.—Photo by Joseph Earnest


by Joseph Earnest July 17, 2015


Newscast Media HOUSTON—The 38th Annual Houston World Series of Dog Shows, the city's premier canine extravaganza, held July 15-19, 2015, at NRG Center in Houston, Texas is at hand.


In addition to the dog show, three other events are now open to the dogs — any dog, any breed, or no particular breed at all, as long as it meets the physical requirements of participation. The AKC® My Dog Can Do That! event gives your pet a chance to try out an agility course while you receive training tips from professionals. In the Weight Pull, big dogs and little dogs alike can power their way to prizes in several weight classes. And, new this year, the Barn Hunt challenges your mighty hunter to sniff out a rat, secured safely inside a metal tube and hidden in a haystack. Below are highlights captured by Newscast Media, even though many more events and breeds will be showcased throughout the weekend.



The Rottweiler weighs between 120-140 pounds. Engineered by Romans, the Rottweiler is a confident, robust and powerful dog, black with clearly defined rust markings. His compact and substantial build denotes great strength, agility and endurance. Dogs are characteristically more massive throughout with larger frames and heavier bones than bitches.—Photo by Joseph Earnest



The judge (wearing turquoise) inspects the Rottweiler's mouth to make sure it doesn't have rotten gums or missing teeth.—Photo by Joseph Earnest



The Giant Schnauzer is a strongly-built, nearly square in proportion of body length to height at withers, active, sturdy, and well muscled. His temperament combines spirit and alertness with intelligence and reliability. Composed, watchful, courageous, easily trained, deeply loyal to family, playful, amiable in repose, and a commanding figure when aroused. —Photo by Joseph Earnest


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The judge inspecting the Schnauzer's frame.—Photo by Joseph Earnest


mini schnauzer

The Standard Schnauzer is smaller than the giant, but shares the same attributes as its cousin. His rugged build and dense harsh coat are accentuated by the hallmark of the breed, the arched eyebrows and the bristly mustache and whiskers.—Photo by Joseph Earnest


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Standard Schnauzers being showcased at the contest.—Photo by Joseph Earnest



The Samoyed, being essentially a working dog, presents a picture of beauty, alertness and strength, with agility, dignity and grace. As his work lies in cold climates, his coat is heavy and weather-resistant, well-groomed, and of good quality rather than quantity.—Photo by Joseph Earnest



Show dogs at the Houston World Series of Dog Shows.—Photo by Joseph Earnest


afghan hound

The Afghan Hound is a beautiful dog that was made famous by the Eddie Murphy movie Beverly Hills Cop, as he drove down the posh Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills in Hollywood. Movie extras were shown walking their Afghan Hounds along the street, and today this breed remains one of the most popular among the elite and affluent.Photo by Joseph Earnest


afghan hound

The Afghan Hound is an aristocrat, his whole appearance one of dignity and aloofness with no trace of plainness or coarseness. He has a straight front, proudly carried head, eyes gazing into the distance as if in memory of ages past.—Photo by Joseph Earnest


siberian husky

These Siberian Husky puppies are only six months old but are already taking part in the competition. The Siberian Husky has a moderately compact and well furred body, erect ears and brush tail suggest his Northern heritage. His characteristic gait is smooth and seemingly effortless. He performs his original function in harness most capably, carrying a light load at a moderate speed over great distances. His body proportions and form reflect this basic balance of power, speed and endurance.

—Photo by Joseph Earnest 


old english shepherd dog

The Old English Sheep Dog is an excellent shepherd and is very protective of its flock from outside predators. The eyes are hidden behind the fur as a means of camouflage to help him blend within the flock. Soundness is of the greatest importance. His bark is loud with a distinctive "pot-casse" ring in it, more like an echo from a broken bell or a metal pan being struck.—Photo by Joseph Earnest 


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An owner shows off her Old English Sheep Dog at the show.—Photo by Joseph Earnest


miniature poodle

The Poodle is a very active, intelligent and elegant-appearing dog, well-proportioned, moving soundly and carrying himself proudly. Properly clipped in the traditional fashion and carefully groomed, the Poodle has about him an air of distinction and dignity peculiar to himself.

—Photo by Joseph Earnest



A well-clipped Poodle at the Houston World Series of Dog Shows.—Photo by Joseph Earnest


pitt bull

The American Pitt Bull Terrier was originally bred to "bait" bulls. The breed evolved into all-around farm dogs, and later moved into the house. Their tenacity, gameness, and courage make them popular competitors in the sports of weight pulling, agility, and obedience competition.—Photo by Joseph Earnest


cane corso

The Cane Corso is an ancient Italian breed medium-large size Molossus dog. Sturdy, with a strong skeleton, muscular and athletic, he moves with considerable ease and elegance. He has always been a property watchdog and hunter of difficult game such as the wild boar.—Photo by Joseph Earnest


dreadlock dog

The Puli is the dog with dreadlocks.  He is a compact, square-appearing dog of medium size. He is vigorous, alert and active. Striking and highly characteristic is the shaggy coat which, combined with his light-footed, distinctive movement, has fitted him for the strenuous work of herding flocks on the plains of Hungary.

Photo by Joseph Earnest



Originally bred to herd cattle, sheep, and horses, the Corgi is an active and intelligent dog breed. Easy to train and eager to learn, Corgis are great with children and other pets, and you can find them in four different coat colors and markings. Queen Elizabeth is known to have Corgis as part of her pet collection at Buckingham Palace, and has reportedly owned over two dozen of them during her reign. The full name of the Corgi is the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.—Photo by Joseph Earnest


norwegian shepherd

The Belgian Shepherd should not be confused with the German Shepherd. The Belgian Sheepdog is a well-balanced, square dog, elegant in appearance, with an exceedingly proud carriage of the head and neck. He is a strong, agile, well-muscled animal, alert and full of life. His whole conformation gives the impression of depth and solidity without bulkiness.—Photo by Joseph Earnest


norwegian shepherd

The Belgian Shepherd handsomely looks into the camera.—Photo by Joseph Earnest


german shepherd

Rumor, the German Shepherd is the #1 German Shepherd champion, #1 all breeds, #1 herding dog and the multiple best in show. Rumor has won 10 of her best 13 shows in a row! The German Shepherd is more handsome than the Belgian Shepherd, and is also sometimes called the Alsatian a popular police and guard dog that is very friendly with kids, and is fond of licking adults.Photo by Joseph Earnest


chinese pug

The Pug is always a favorite among kids due to its gentle nature.Photo by Joseph Earnest



These fully-grown Chihuahua can be docile, and are swift-moving compact little dogs with saucy expressions, and terrier-like qualities of temperament.Photo by Joseph Earnest



The Maltese is a toy dog covered from head to foot with a mantle of long, silky, white hair. He is gentle-mannered and affectionate, eager and sprightly in action, and, despite his size, possessed of the vigor needed for the satisfactory companion.Photo by Joseph Earnest 


Once again, these are just a small fraction of the many breeds being showcased. The show continues until Sunday where breeds like the Akita, Boxer, Dachshund, Greyhound, Doberman, Labrador, Irish Setter, Great Dane, Dalmatian, Bouvier, Cocker Spaniel, Bull Dog, Mastiff, Basenji and many more breeds will compete.      Add Comments>>













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