Australia’s First Dog Show

Australia’s first dog show took place in Hobart, Tasmania in 1862. The exhibition brought in 91 dogs of at least 17 breeds, including an “Esquimax Poodle.” The next dog show (and the first one held on the mainland) was run by the “Acclimatisation Society” to encourage improvement in the breeds of dogs. It was held in Melbourne in 1864.

“Otto” by Marla Parnell

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