Champions from Lithuania at the European Dog Show



Tauro Kennel gained prominence at the European Dog Show that took place in Poland. Fifteen Maltese and Bichon Frise dogs, three of which became champions, represented the kennel and another three became vice-champions.

The European Dog Show attracted a big number of participants, with more than 30 000 dogs from all over Europe competing for champion titles. Tauro Kennel participated in the contests for Bichon Frises and Maltese and took first places in both. The Lithuanian representatives had a chance to present the kennel at the biggest Best in Show arena.

The kennel that represented Lithuania took home six important wins. Tauro Thender, a Maltese, took the first place in the Males Champion Class and became the European Winner among all Maltese. Tauro Morella took the first place in the Females Champion Class and became the Female European Winner, with Tauro Salabria, Tauro Prabanga, and Grisia White Magic Jackpot also taking first places, and Tauro Barsoti taking the second place in the Junior Class. Tauro Milano, a Bichon Frise, became the European Winner Male with the first place in the Open Class, while Tauro Misoko was the winner in the Champion Class.

‘To those who have never taken part in shows, it may seem that you can just come with a smartly looking pedigree dog and wait for victory. However, a lot of work and effort needs to be put in, in order to come back home with a medal’, says Janita Januškauskaitė-Plungė, the founder of Tauro Kennel, who has more than 20 years of experience in cynology. Shows require psychological preparation not only for the owners, but also for the dogs. Because of this, puppies are taken to shows as early as the age of 4–6 months. They may fail to bring a medal from the first show but, the pet becomes accustomed to the environment, begins socialising and will not be afraid of public appearances in the future.      
According to the expert, it is equally important to take proper care of the show participants' diet, which is different from that of those dogs who do not take part in shows. Specialists select feeds depending on the dog's breed, colour of the coat, and weight. The show champions, Maltese and Bichon Frise dogs, like all other dogs with white coats, face the challenge of their coat going brown from tears. About 80% of dogs suffer from watery eyes but brownish spots are most visible on light fur. The owners of these pets take a range of measures to make the coat look beautiful at least during the shows. Nevertheless, according to Mrs Januškauskaitė-Plungė, the problem can be fully resolved by selecting a special feed. A feed created by Lithuanians and now exported to various European and Asian countries became one of the trump cards in helping to maintain a clean coat and achieve victory after victory.

The victories of the Lithuanian-founded Tauro Kennel are not the first this year. The kennel made it to the top six among 149 participating kennels. In August, Maltese and Bichon Frise dogs returned with two champion and vice-champion titles form the world's biggest dog show held in Amsterdam. In the Open Class, Tauro Misoko, a Bichon Frise, won the gold and Tauro Sakko became the world vice-champion. Tauro Burė, a Maltese female, gained the title of the world champion among juniors, while Tauro Thender, a Maltese male, became the world vice-champion.




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