Pooches on parade at Vietnam Championship Dog Show

By Thanh Nguyen   December 17, 2017 | 12:37 pm GMT+7

Tensions are high in Saigon as canine supermodels vie to become top dog.

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Over 200 dogs of different varieties have been on show at Phu Tho Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 11 since Friday for the Vietnam Championship Dog Show 2017.

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An Alaska gets its makeup done before its show time. “It’s a pageant contest so I have to make sure that my dog is well-prepared, from its body to its face and fur."

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This Chow Chow, originating from Tibet, has drawn a lot of attention. The owner said a newborn Chow Chow costs from $2,500.

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Thao, a dog owner from Saigon, holds a Golden Retriever. “This one is still a baby, despite the size.” Golden Retrievers are a familiar face among dog lovers in HCMC. A young puppy usually costs VND8-10 million ($350-440).

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The owner of a Poodle takes photos of her dog before the competition. Most owners at the event come from Vietnam, South Korea and Thailand.

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A handler puts a Dobermann through its paces during the competition, hosted by Vienam Kennel Association. Pham Manh Cuong, a dog owner from Hanoi, said: “Dog owners sometimes don't have the time to train their pets, so they have to hire handlers. A professional handler can earn $5,000 per day.”

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A judge checks a Corgi's teeth. Each dog has to show off its strength, beauty and perform a run at the competition, that ends on Sunday.

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Three Corgis get ready for the beauty contest.

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A handler feeds a Husky.

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After each part of the competion, owners and handlers take the dogs to a camp where the temperature is set at 25-28 degrees Celcius for rest and health checks.

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A Pox won a prize at the competition. This breed costs more than $1,000. This is the ninth Vietnam Championship Dog Show.

 
 
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