Show dogs and their owners braved hot conditions and the odd pirate or two in Gunnedah at the weekend.

All were in town for the Moree Kennel Club and New England Ladies Kennel Club show event, hosted by the Gunnedah Kennel Club.

Shade and water were the order of the day for participants – human and pooch – as temperatures nudged 40 degrees.

The Saturday afternoon shows also featured a novelty pirate theme.

Dog show participant and pirate for the day, Anu Lummevaara from Newcastle, said each show weekend featured a different theme which was all in a bit of fun for dog exhibitors.

Also showing at the weekend was Kelsie Mackay, of Mudgee, with her unusual dog breed, Xoloitzcuintle, or Xolo for short.

The Xolo is described as the ‘dog of the gods’ for its links to the Aztecs.

Most striking about the breed is that is almost completely hairless.

The dog is bred in three sizes – miniature, intermediate and standard – and its skin requires constant care and moisture treatment.

The breed also requires much social training when young and throughout later life. 

Kelsie Mackay shows several dogs of this breed.

She said it was amusing watching the reaction from people on seeing the dogs for the first time, adding they were certainly a head-turner, especially when accompanied on school pick-up.

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