Weekend dog shows attract 1,650 entrants


Two dog shows being held Saturday and Sunday at the Fifth Regiment Armory have entries of more than 1,650 dogs, representing 132 of the 135 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club. Dogs are entered by owners from around the country and most have been entered in each of the shows.

On Saturday, the Annapolis Kennel Club's 45th show will begin at 9 a.m.

Judging for best in show will take place in the late afternoon. The club is more than 20 years old and holds two shows each year. Admission Saturday is $3 general, $2 for those over age 65 and $1 for children under 12. For show details or other information about the club, call show chairman Mike Naas, (301) 530-5319.

On Sunday, the oldest and largest of the two clubs, the Maryland Kennel Club, will hold its 80th show. Entries include four Petite Bussels Griffon Vondeens, called P.B.G.V.s, a breed that has been recently accepted to the registry of the American Kennel Club.

The Maryland Kennel Club was founded in 1890 when small groups of interested dog lovers held matches in Druid Hill Park, the fairgrounds at Timonium Fair or Greenspring Valley Hunt Club. In 1912, the group was licensed by the AKC.

Eve Ballich, club president, has been a member of the club for more than 15 years and has raised wire fox terriers in her Baltimore County Evewire kennels since around 1957. She has bred more than 100 champions.

Mrs. Ballich is one of an impressive group of club presidents which included the late Harry Z. Isaacs, who raised Kerry Blues and Rottweilers at his Limehouse kennels in Glyndon; and the late Dr. William S. Baer, who founded the Childrens' Hospital on Greenspring Avenue and introduced the first Chow Chow to the United States. His kennels were located on what is now the hospital grounds.

Since club members do not enter their own dogs in their show, Mrs. Ballich says they will act as host on Sunday to see that the show runs smoothly. Host members include Helen H. Baker, club vice-president; Alice E. Hawes, treasurer; and June M. Myers, secretary. Other hosts include Jo Ann Hubbs, Art Benhoff, Leon Seligman, Rebecca Tansil, Billye and John Ward and Claire and Charles McLean.

Of 12 judges at the show, two are from Maryland: Melbourne T. L. Downing from Timonium, who was best in show judge at last night's finals of the Westminster Kennel Club show at Madison Square Garden in New York, and Rona L. Hankin from Columbia.

Fred W. Fraser of Ottawa, Ontario will judge best in show this Sunday.

Veterinarian in attendance for the day is Dr. Paul R. Fox, Hunt Valley Animal Hospital.

Show hours are from 8 a.m to the choice for best in show, which will take place in the late afternoon. Admission is $3 general, $2 for seniors and $1.50 ages 6 to 12; under 6 free. For show information call June Myers, (410) 879-0862.

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