Coimbatore International Dog and Cat Show: Spotlight on Native Breed Pigs – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

COIMBATORE: It was a perfect paw fest for pet lovers at the International Dog and Cat Show held in the city on Sunday. A total of 35 breeds of dogs and 10 breeds of cats captivated visitors.

Also, initially, native breeds were exhibited. Dog breeds including the indigenous breed of Tamil Nadu – Kombai, Chippiparai and foreign breeds like Pitbull, Rottweiler, Belgian Shepherd, Poodle, Great Dane and Chihuahua participated in the 18th All India Breed Dog Show. On the sidelines, the second international cat show was organized by Anaimalai’s Kennel Club and The Coimbatore Cattery Club.

B Prathap, vice president of the Coimbatore Cattery Club, said more than 250 dogs from 35 different breeds and 120 cats from 10 different breeds took part in the shows this year. Dogs and cats were chosen for prizes based on the standards followed at international shows. We received a good response as the show was organized after two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ten cat breeds like Maine Coon which is one of the natural breeds in North America, silver mottled Bengals, Exotic Shorthairs, Ragdolls and Persian cats also drew crowds. Judges Komal Dhanoa from Punjab and Harish Patel from Gujarat judged the dogs and Judges Sudhakar Katikineni, Anne Carrol and Dr. Pradeep judged the cats.

J Pratheeba, treasurer of the association, said that unlike before, many people are interested in keeping cats. This clearly shows that they have busted the myth that cats bring bad luck. Besides Tamil Nadu, participants came from Hyderabad, Nagpur, Bangalore, Mysore and Kerala.

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