Hundreds Of Dogs Compete For Championship Title

Hundreds of breeders and trainers are in South Mississippi looking for not only a good competition, but a good time.

"I think it's a good way to meet people from all walks of life, from all directions in life. It's almost like creating a family atmosphere here. You develop friendships and relationships that are almost as strong as that in your family," said professional handler Chip Thompson.

These dog lovers brought their four-legged friends of all shapes and sizes to compete in such breed categories like sport, terrier, and toy.

And of course, all of them think they have the next champion, like David Hintson and his Whippet named Butch.

"They're probably almost the perfect dog. They're extremely healthy, they have great temperaments, they are easy to train, they are easy to deal with in the house or out. The most thing you have to watch about them is that they are very fast and you have to get used to keeping them close because they were bred to hunt and they will chase," said Hintson.

Now, Butch and the rest of the nearly 13-hundred dogs participating this weekend will prance around and hopefully obey their trainers in what is known as more of a canine event than a dog show.

And it's an event that is attracting more and more humans each year.

"I think it's the variety of activities we have. I think it's the attitude of the people. We give them extra space to groom, there's plenty of room. We make aisles so people can walk around with their children. We have a children's education center, which we give them books on the dogs so they color and they learn how to take care of dogs," said show chairperson Kathie Short.

So it's an event for everyone. Well, maybe not for these young ladies.

The Dolphin Cluster dog show will be held through Sunday evening from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is 3-dollars for adults and 1 dollar for children.