MERCED — The Yosemite Kennel Club's 53rd annual dog show held over the weekend was dominated by a small, female white dog with a black face. The smooth fox terrier named Taylor won Best in Show in the two-day event.
"I love it," said owner-handler Edward Boyes. "It's a big accomplishment. She's beautiful and she thinks she's beautiful. She has a lot of animation."
Taylor just started showing less than a month ago and has already won three Best in Shows and a Reserve Best in Show, said Boyes, who's been a full-time handler for more than 50 years.
Her father won the terrier group at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show last year and has 60 Best in Shows, he said. "Good dogs produce good dogs. You look at them and you just know."
More than 600 dogs competed for Best in Show at the Merced County Fairgrounds.
The club has about 30 members who bring more than 120 breeds to the event, said club president Deb Franklin.
"I like all the dogs and people," she said. "It's like a family with all the people who have shown for years and support each other."
During the event judges scrutinize each breed based on standards particular to that type of dog. Primary attributes include a dog's obedience, temperament, dentition and grooming.
The winners of each category then go on to compete for Best in Show.
The event is held on the first weekend in April. Many of the top dogs will go on to compete in other events throughout the year.
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