Last Update: 11/18/2013 2:00:00 PM
Berks dogs compete in 2013 National Dog Show
Several Berks County dog owners brought their pups to the 2013 National Dog Show Saturday at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Montgomery County.
The dogs competed against hundreds of other canines. Hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, the show is one of the country's last benched dog shows, which means the arena is open for the public to meet and learn about the dogs and their owners, according to show organizers.
The expo center was filled with dogs and dog enthusiasts. Pups were assigned to one of seven groups: Terrier, Toy, Working, Sporting, Hound, Nonsporting and Herding.
Dogs and their handlers compete for Best of Breed, First in Group and Best in Show.
Tom Gerard, Rockland Township, brought his black tri-colored Australian Shepherd, Yoshi, to compete.
The competition is what he enjoys most about the National Dog Show.
"It's to compete and show off my dog and dog's grooming," he said. "And to have fun."
When they weren't competing Gerard spent most of the day answering questions about Australian Shepherds, and Yoshi posed for countless photos.
Highlights from this year's show will be televised on NBC Thursday at noon after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.