Rebecca FernandezMay 19, 2018, 4:40 pmMay 19, 2018, 4:41 pm

100s of dogs enter annual Oyster Bay festival

Individuals from all over the world come together to compete, adopt the perfect dog

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OYSTER BAY – The Planting Fields Arboretum is hosting the American Kennel Club (AKC)'s Annual Dog Show in Oyster Bay through Saturday and Sunday. Hundreds of show dogs and their owners came to compete in a variety of shows.

Dix Hills Resident and Dog Breeder Debbie Bouderra spoke about the makings of a show dog.

"At a young age you can see whether they have that spark or not and whether they want to move and show and be a part of all this," Bouderra said. "They have to like it to be here, so anybody who thinks that dog shows are cruel or unfair to the dogs. These dogs live for this. It's a sport for them. They enjoy it. They love it. We, as breeders, have a strict policy that if they don't love it, they won't do it."

Some of the show’s competitors have traveled the world for these kinds of competitions.

"I’ve been all over the world attending, and showing, at dog shows," South Hampton resident Brian Meindl said.

However, some attendees never entered a competition before.

"We're just excited to be here. I've never been to a show on Long Island," New Paltz resident Robin Whitmore said.

Aside from the competition, many of the dogs and their offspring will be leaving today with new owners. President and CEO of AKC Dennis Sprung said the festival will help potential owners find their perfect dog.

"Also educating the public about responsible dog ownership. We will have many families here. Children and people looking for a dog for their future home. In that case, we teach them the right dog for their lifestyle, and again, responsible ownership," Sprung said.

While there are some people who wouldn't consider these dogs as possible pets, breeders want the public to know that these dogs are very well taken care of, and are the happiest they could be.

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