There were dog breeds galore at the Hawkesbury Show on Friday, April 23, as dog enthusiasts from around the state flocked to the Showground to show-off their prides and joys.
Bill Sewell came from Bathurst with Zeb, the 2-year-old Boxer, and the trip was fruitful.
"We won best utility dog in group. Now, he goes in for best in show," Mr Sewell told the Gazette.
Zeb won for being good boned, with a lovely smooth coat, excellent movement, and being representative of the breed standard.
Lisa Wallace from Wilberforce brought her 4-year-old Rottweiler, Red, whose full name is Now Starin Looney Tunes.
"I've been breeding since 1982, and I've been coming to the Hawkesbury Show since 1974," she said.
She said Rottweilers were family friendly and calm, but they needed training and the right owner. "They are a stable dog in the correct home."
Ms Wallace travels around Australia following the dog shows, attending up to 16 Rottweiler shows every year. She also takes her dogs to compete overseas.
Brooke Turner from Grose Wold brought a Whippet named Finn and a Bullmastiff named Indi.
"Finn won baby of breed and came second in baby puppy sweep stakes. He's four months old, very people orientated, and also has a little wild side and likes to sprint around the paddock," she said.
"Indi, 24 months, won best female of breed."
Ms Turner, together with her husband, breeds Bullmastiffs and Rottweilers and has been coming to the show for decades.
She said she was a keen advocate of pure breed dogs and the important place the dogs have in people's lives.
"It's really important that pure breed dog breeders stick together, with all of the negativity going on these days," she said.