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Wednesday, September 15, 1999 Published at 16:13 GMT 17:13 UK

World: South Asia

Nagpur's pooches on parade

Dog's dinner: One of the competitions was in fancy dress

A canine fancy dress competition in the western Indian city of Nagpur has voted top dog Chinky the star of the show.

[ image: The animals were also judged on quality of breed]
The animals were also judged on quality of breed
Dressed-up dogs of various breeds paraded their glad rags for a crowd of delighted animal lovers.

Dressed in colourful ribbons and caps, some of the dogs performed acrobatics, winning the hearts of the children in the audience.

While some were relatively obedient, others refused to be led by their masters, evoking hoots of laughter.

[ image: The crowd especially enjoyed some of the dogs' circus antics]
The crowd especially enjoyed some of the dogs' circus antics
But one performing pooch stood out from the rest.

The day belonged to Chinky of Pomeranian extraction, who ran away with first prize in both the fancy dress and best mixed breed competitions.

"His name is Chinky and he is five years old," said owner and dog-fancier Kamna Dhingra

The show's organisers said the event was aimed at improving awareness among dog owners about healthy breeding of their pets.

Dog ownership is almost exclusively the preserve of better-off families in India.

Given the extent of poverty and deprivation in rural and urban areas, most dogs are left to fend for themselves.

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