Furry competitors face off in 'Heart of Texas Dog Show'

Annual Heart of Texas Dog show

TRAVIS COUNTY - Hundreds of dogs from all across the country are in Austin for the Heart of Texas Dog Show at the Travis County Expo Center.

Alfonso Escavedo is a professional dog handler and has been showing dogs for 16 years. On Saturday, he groomed and showed 16 dogs with help from his wife. Needless to say, Escavedo was always in a hurry.

KVUE watched as Escavedo walked Scotty around the ring in the Best in Breed competition. A judge examined each dog, comparing them with industry standards.

Escavedo repeatedly pulled Scotty's tail to make sure it was up. He's competing against wheat colored or white Scotties, which are rare.

After a final lap around the ring, the judge makes his decision. It appeared Scotty came in third place. In reality, however, Scotty placed as a runner up because white scotties are considered non-champion dogs.

KVUE also got to play with Blake the Boxer who loved giving hugs. And Radar, the champion Chihuahua.

"He's been in five shows and he won every one of them...He thinks he's all that," said his owner, Diane Mueller.

The inflated ego because Mueller said his perfect apple shaped head makes him a winner.

"If they're not an apple head it's actually incorrect at a dog show," said Mueller.

We also ran across long little dogs, long-haired miniature dachshunds.

Groomers said out of all the dogs at the show, the Clumber Spaniel is the hardest ones to keep clean. That's because these dogs sit low to the ground and collects a whole lot of dirt.

While looks matter in one competition, ability matters in another.

Agility is a competitive sport where the dog's owner navigates them through an obstacle course made up of jumps, tunnels and see-saws.

Outside, lure coursing is a sport for dogs that involves chasing a mechanically operated lure.

Half the Travis County Expo Center hosting the now four-day event over Halloween weekend. The previous two-day event brought Travis County half a million dollars in economic impact.

Making these dogs and Austin Texas all winners and Best in Show.

 

(© 2016 KVUE)


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