Photo by Shawn Nowlin
The 22nd Annual Mountain Valley Dog Show featured something for people of all ages, including the sport of dock diving.

About 5,000 dogs showed off their haircuts, grooming, gentle temperament and breed standards at the 22nd annual show that took place over five days at the Salem Civic Center.

Numbers of them were world-class dogs who came from famous bloodlines and went home with rosettes for Best of Breed or similar titles, and points toward multiple grand championships.

Others, like Tchotchke, a 15-month-old Danish Swedish Farmdog, were showing because their breed is in the Foundation Stock Service, meaning the American Kennel Club hasn’t yet recognized it.

Owner Aimee Kincaid of Orlando, Fla., explained her dog isn’t commonly seen in the United States – yet. “She has to get a Certificate of Merit, and a certain number of requirements before her breed can move into the AKC’s miscellaneous category,” Kincaid said.

Her owner is hoping Tchotchke’s small size – similar to a petite beagle – will work to her advantage in shows. “She will end up in the Working Group, and because she’s so small compared to the rest, the…

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