National canine competition comes to Texarkana

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For football fans, this weekend may be all about the Super Bowl, but for dog lovers in the ArkLaTex, this event is the one to watch! 

The Kennel Club of Texarkana is hosting the 2019 AKC All-Breed Dog Show at Four States Fairgrounds where more than 1,000 dogs from across the country will be competing.

Including Leah, a Schapendoes. If you’ve never heard of that breed, you’re not alone. 

“They were almost extinct after the war, but they are herding dogs, sheep dogs,” said Sandee Lively, Leah’s owner and a membrer of the Kennel Club of Texarkana.

Leah is one of only about 25 dogs of her kind in the United States.

“So Leah is the only one living in the South,” said Lively.

Because she is the lone Schapendoes in the competition, that means Leah isn’t eligible for Best in Show.

“She will go out into the center and do her stuff, but she won’t be competing against other dogs of the same breed,” said Lively.

But that doesn’t mean she can’t be top dog in her category. Leah is hoping to defend her titles. She took home two first place ribbons in the miscellaneous category the last time this event was held in 2017. 

“We’re so lucky to have a national dog show here in Texarkana. In the four states region, this is huge,” said Lively.

You can see Leah and dogs from more than 120 other breeds from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Four States Fairgrounds. Admission is free. 

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