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Kansas Toy Dog Club Specialty Dog Show

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Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center

225 West Douglas Avenue

Wichita, KS 67202

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The Kansas Toy Dog Club Specialty begins on April 6 and continues through April 7, toy breeds will have a specialty show in conjunction with the Wichita Sunflower Cluster all breed dog show.

More than 100 dogs in the toy group — from Affenpinschers to Yorkshire terriers — will compete in conformation on April 6 & 7, as the Kansas Toy Dog Club holds its 14th annual specialty show.

"If you are interested in looking for a toy dog, this is a great place to go," said club member Sheila Martin.

"You can meet all kinds of experienced owners, and most of them are very willing to talk about their dogs."

The club has been in existence since 1998 and has about 25 members. The April show is its largest event, but members also visit nursing homes with their pets and work to promote quality in the breeding of purebred toy dogs.

The toy specialty show will start at 9 AM April 6 & 7. Each toy breed will be judged in conformation, with best of breed winners going on to compete for best in group.

The specialty show draws dogs from all over the country, representing almost all of the 21 toy breeds, which also include Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, English Toy Spaniels, Italian Greyhounds, Maltese, Manchester Terriers, Papillons, Pekingese, Shih Tzus, Silky Terriers and Toy Fox Terriers.

The specialties allow people who show these breeds to earn more points, in conjunction with the four-day Sunflower Cluster show. "With gas and everything as high as it is, people like to hit these four-day shows. We also get inquiries about the Show from members of our community and out-of- town people interested in a certain breed. The more people that come to our city, the more people will reserve hotel rooms, dine at our local restaurants, shop at our malls, and buy fuel for thier vechicles. We get a really good turnout, and it's a lot of fun. The Show is open to everyone, it's free admission, and everyone is welcome.

While some breeds of dogs were bred to hunt, guard or herd, toys were bred solely to be companions to humans, said Larry Moody, a club member who owns Brussels Griffons.

He likes toy dogs, particularly the "Griffs," because they're cute, cuddly, comical and compact. "I can sit there and have five or six dogs on my lap, instead of one Great Dane," he said.

Moody says the club is always looking for new members — and they don't even have to own a dog. "You just have to be a fancier of toy dogs," he said.

Many members also belong to the Wichita Kennel Club and/or Wichita Dog Training Club, and many participate with their dogs in performance events or therapy work.

People think of toys as "lap dogs," but they're so much more, said club member Doralyn Wheatley, whose min pins compete in conformation, obedience and agility.

"I like all dogs, but the toy breeds seem to fit my household better," said Wheatley, who used to own Collies and Shelties. "Now that I'm older, I really like not having to carry large crates" when traveling with the dogs. And, she said, "you can cuddle with them."



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