Fairgrounds full of classy canines

It was really a dog’s life in Merced during the weekend as an estimated 1,000 dogs and their owners from up and down the West Coast came to town to strut their stuff for the Yosemite Kennel Club’s annual All Breed AKC Dog Show.

The event took place Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Merced County Fairgrounds. The American Kennel Club recognizes 178 breeds of dogs and at least 150 were represented at the show.

Dogs were groomed to the max to make sure they looked their best for the judges. Their handlers took them through their paces as judges, other dog owners and the assembled crowd looked on.

The Yosemite Kennel Club, formed in 1964, held its first show in 1978. The nonprofit organization serving the Greater Merced area meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at United Methodist Church on Yosemite Park Way.

The club’s objective is to further the advancement of all breeds of purebred dogs. The group holds obedience trials, rally trials, sanctioned matches and shows under AKC rules.