Winter in India is a busy time for dog enthusiasts and “professional” breeders. Each week thousands travel to compete in dog shows. The breeders spend great sums in importing pedigreed dogs, hiring professional handlers from abroad, and flying these dogs to shows across India. The average person may consider a dog show to be a glorified beauty pageant for dogs, and on the whole a quirky and rather superfluous affair. Dig a little deeper and it becomes fairly evident that, like most