Araneta Center is letting the dogs out and about a few weeks before the Chinese calendar’s Year of the Dog with the Philippine Circuit 2018. Considered Asia’s biggest dog show, the event will be held at the Araneta Coliseum from January 18, Thursday, to 21, Sunday.
More than 500 dogs from all over the world are expected to prove their mettle in the four-day show. Of these, 160 come from 21 other countries in four different continents, promising an impressive showcase of diverse dog breeds.
Augusto Benedicto Santos III, president of organizer Philippine Canine Club, Inc. (PCCI), said that the shows will open the eyes of the Filipino public to “a whole new world of dog breeds.”
“We have the cream of the crop coming (to the Philippines),” Santos said. “Those who come here, come here to win.”
Aside from the common dog breeds we have all come to love, other unique dogs included in the shows are monkey terriers, French bulldogs, bichons, Australian cattle dogs, and borzois.
The dogs are judged based on the standards of their breeds. Their appearance and movements are the factors considered by the judges.
This is the Philippine Circuit’s seventh year overall and third consecutive year at the Araneta Coliseum. The number of foreign entries is at its record high this year.
While foreign dog breeders used to dominate the competition in years past, Santos said Filipino breeders have started to catch up.
“That’s the advantage of being able to compete with other dog breeders. The Filipino dog breeders are starting to do well,” Santos said.
The Philippine Circuit is sure to be a treat for dog lovers, owners, breeders and trainers. While registration for the breeders is already closed, the event is open to the public. Admission is free! There will also be a photo booth inside the Araneta Coliseum where the public can take pictures and interact with their favorite dogs.