HAVANA.- Dog is said to be man’s best friend. The beauty of dogs, but above all, the love that children and people of all ages alike have for the canines could be felt once more at a park in Havana, where the best and most beautiful purebred dogs from various parts of the world got together.
Organized by the Cynological Federation of Cuba, the international event, which for several years has turned out to be a great festivity for dog lovers, this year welcomed guests from countries such as Spain, Venezuela, Curacao and Mexico, with the latter being the most represented.
Havana’s Parque Metropolitano (Metropolitan Park) became a huge show featuring the beauty and skills of the contesting dogs, which totalled around 200.
After four days of competitions, the jury -made up of five dog experts from Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia and Cubachose the best dogs in the categories of young puppy, puppy, young dog and adult dog.
In comments made to The Havana Reporter by the president of the Cynological Federation of Cuba, who is also the president of the Judges School, Nelson Borroto, said that the eleven clubs which exist in the country were represented during the event.
“We hold four events every year: a Pan-American show in January to celebrate the anniversary of the federation, another in April, a third in September and a fourth in November with international judges in attendance,” he explained.
Despite the inclemency of the weather, dog owners, trainers and passers-by turned this contest into a celebration.
The meeting was held in line with the pedigree rules established by the World Canine Organization headquartered in Belgium, with Cuba’s purebred dog, the Bichón Habanero (The Havanese) undoubtedly represented there.
The president of the Havanese Club -founded in 1991-, Evelio Fernández told The Havana Reporter that a total of 1,160 Havanese dogs of the Bichon breed are registered in the country, and have won contests in Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, among others.
Also parading during the show were Dalmatians, English cocker spaniels, Siberian huskies, among many other breeds.
According to Guatemalan Pedro Teja, who has served as judge for five of the contests held in Cuba over the pat 20 years, the English cocker spaniels stood out this time.
Mexico was one of the most represented countries, featuring two of its native dogs: the chihuahua and the xocoitzcuintle. Ramón Serna, who owns a xocoitzcuintle, arrived in Havana after having won a world contest in June in Milan, Italy, where 29,500 dogs from 25 countries competed.
The Cuban Kennel Club was founded on December 27, 1987 with the objective of encouraging and protecting cynology and purebred dogs in the country.Share on FB Share on TT