Summertime show brings out the dogs in Oklahoma City

Canine breeders, handlers, converge at Cox Convention Center for eighth annual OKC Summer Classic Dog Shows. The four-day event ends Sunday.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD zcampfield@opubco.com Published: July 1, 2012
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From the frilliest of poodles to the stockiest of bulldogs, the Cox Convention Center was packed Saturday with representatives of just about every canine breed imaginable.

More than 2,300 entries were filed on the third day of the annual OKC Summer Classic Dog Shows, a four-day event that ends Sunday.

Most the dogs getting pampered and sheared in the staging area behind the show rings Saturday looked like the kind you might find in your neighbor's backyard. But as with most niche hobbies, the most dedicated of participants always have an ace up their sleeve.

Amy Wise's secret weapon is the Xoloitzcuintli, or Xolo for short. Don't try to pronounce it. The hairless dog, native to Mexico, is expensive and rare, with only about 4,500 in the world.

But Saturday, Wise's daughter's Xolo — named Blanche Gran Esperanza — brought home the bacon.

“It's very difficult to set up majors for Xolos because there's so few of them in the U.S.,” Wise said. “You may get a few prizes now and again, but usually it's just bragging rights.”

Wise and her family — that's husband, Paul, and daughter, Kayla — came up from Hico, Texas, to show off their dogs. They brought two Xolos and four Italian Greyhounds, which look like a toy version of a standard Greyhound.

The Wise's have been breeding canines for quite some time, but only started bringing them to shows about a year and a half ago.

This was their first visit to the Oklahoma City show, Amy Wise said.

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