Among the most popular breeds in India, there were several pugs at the show. Photo: Kelly Jobe
The pitbull with a goofy grin. Photo: Kelly Jobe
These Yorkshire terrier triplets were right at home in their owner's arms. Photo: Kelly Jobe
Indian desi dogs were the highlight of the show. Photo: Kelly Jobe
This pitbull held its solemn gaze amidst the crowds. Photo: Kelly Jobe
Despite having a permanently injured paw from being hit by a car, Brownie still smiles and shakes hands with his owner. Photo: Kelly Jobe
This happy beagle was quick to show off its tricks to delighted crowds. Photo: Kelly Jobe
Owners were proud of their Indian desi dogs, especially this one who competed in the "Best Dressed" competition. Photo: Kelly Jobe
This fluffy Chinese chow-chow demonstrated the diversity of breeds present at the show. Photo: Kelly Jobe
Who could resist adopting this sweet Indian pup? Photo: Kelly Jobe
These matching Dalmatians were happier to stare at each other than the camera. Photo: Kelly Jobe
If you're an animal lover, these photos from a dog show in Delhi will warm your heart
It is awards season, what with the Oscars looming large and the recent YouTube cat awards.
And Delhi isn't far behind. On Republic Day, the Canis Welfare Pet Club hosted their 8th Annual Dog Show at the Punjabi Bagh Club in West Delhi. Dog owners came out to compete for prizes in many categories including "best dressed".
The show attracted dogs of all breeds ranging - from pugs and labradors to the rare breeds such as Alaskan huskies and Chinese chow-chows.
The focus of the show, however, was the adoption of native Indian desi dogs. Desi breeds often get a raw deal when it comes to adoption and are often shunned, neglected, starved, abused and orphaned.
Dr Vijay Kumar, founder of The Canis Welfare Pet Club, hopes the event puts a spotlight on the fact that native dogs who are often neglected in favour of fancier, more exotic breeds. Kumar works tirelessly to offer free sterilisations and organises vaccination camps for dogs across Delhi.
What was even more heartening was the turnout, which proves that the attitude towards Indian desi dogs is changing and that Kumar's work is not in vain.