AMHERST - Hundreds of purebred dogs will gather at Amherst Stadium this weekend to see who has the most beauty, brains, obedience, and to see who's the cutest.
"There's 67 breeds represented," said Judy Richard, Tantramar Kennel Club president. "There will be common breeds like the labs, to rare breeds like the Chinese Crested and the Swedish Valhund."
The Tantramar Kennel Club Dog Show has been held in Amherst Since the 1940's.
Dogs and their handlers will arrive from throughout the Maritimes, Canada, and the U.S. to compete in three categories - confirmation, obedience, and obedience rally.
There are two shows on Saturday and two on Sunday.
"There are 160 to 170 dogs entered per-show in confirmation, then you have 25 or so in obedience and rally, so there's about 200 dogs in each show," said Richard.
The weekend is an opportunity for the public to learn about different breeds of dogs.
"If you're on the fence with regards to getting a pet for the family, you can come to the dog show and have a peek at everybody's dog and talk to the breeders," said Richard.
There will also lots of vendors.
"There's everything from scissors being sharpened to leashes, collars, dog beds and, also, maple syrup products," said Richard.
Amherst Stadium opens at 7 a.m., judging begins Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m., and runs until 5 p.m.
Kids get in free if accompanied by a parent.