Throughout the weekend, thousands of purebred dogs, cats and rabbits compete at the Tarbes exhibition center, to the delight of the public, who came in large numbers.
Crazy success for the canine, feline and rabbit (rabbit) exhibitions, which have been taking place since yesterday, and until this evening, at the Tarbes exhibition center.
Parades and competitions punctuated this first day, where animal breeders from all over France and elsewhere submitted their proteges to the expert eyes of French and international judges. “We are the guarantors of the breeds, and are extensively trained”, explains judge Catherine Canpala, who wishes to recall that the competitions, pointed out by certain defenders of the animal cause, are spaces dedicated to animal lovers. “Professional breeders are wonderful people who take very good care of their cat or dog. Here, we are far from abuse.” And to recall the criteria for a cat to become a champion: “The animal must already be well in his head. Then, we base ourselves on the standard of the breed.”
As for dogs, Richard Capel, president of the Association Canine Territoriale des Hautes-Pyrénées, indicates that 2,560 doggies are competing, for 210 breeds represented. “This year, there are hairless dogs from Peru, without hair, and we are seeing breeds from Eastern countries arrive.” But the one that man particularly likes is the little Pyrenean shepherd labrit. “We must make this breed last because it risks disappearing. They are working dogs, inexhaustible, very lively.” Appreciated for his physical qualities with herds, this little dog with overflowing energy cannot stand inactivity. “In town, it may suit a sporty person. If the dog runs with its master, then it will be the happiest.”