Jalandhar, March 6
Pushpa Gujral Science City held the 13th and 14th All-Breed Open Dog Shows on Sunday with the aim of raising awareness of domesticated biodiversity and evolutionary science that can be more easily understood by ordinary people and children across the example of various breeds of dogs around us.
About 300 dogs from 40 breeds like German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, Doberman Pinscher, American Bulldog, Mastiff and Bullmastiff, Boxer, Great Dane, Rottweiler, etc. participated in the event. A team of renowned judges – Olga K Hmelevskaya from Ukraine, Pradip Ghosh from Kolkata and Dr. Ankit Chhiber from Kotkapura – evaluated the dogs at various events.
Chief Superintendent of Police Kapurthala Dayama Harish Om Parkesh was the chief guest on the occasion.
During his speech, he said that dogs play a very important role in people’s lives. “A dog show is a competitive sport that involves the display of purebred dogs to be judged for their compliance with respective breed standards and to determine the best specimens of each breed of dog,” he said.
He highlighted the contribution of dogs in different fields like detecting explosives, illegal drugs, thefts and various other crimes.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Neelima Jerath, Chief Executive of Science City, said that domesticated animals and plants are an essential part of human civilization and culture. The World Canine Organization, the largest registry of canine breeds in the world, had recognized 339 pure breeds of dogs divided into 10 groups.
Dr Neelima Jerath said dogs were an important part of the gene pool of domesticated wildlife, as several breeds were used for work, sport, herding, hunting and as playthings. She said an exhibition on domesticated wildlife biodiversity was presented to provide information to the general masses about this important gene pool.
Dr. Rajesh Grover, director of Science City, said that more than any other animal on the planet, dogs are most closely related to humans. Over the centuries, they have played an essential role in our society. “They are our mentors, our companions, our work and play partners and our teachers. Moreover, man has deliberately bred the dog for specific purposes and tasks over the past centuries,” he added.