The Washington County Fair Complex is going to the dogs.
This month, the fairgrounds housed the Cascade Hound Association's 2019 dog show, transforming the fairground into an arena for more than 200 dogs from across the country.
Max, a 1-year-old Afghan hound from Oregon City, was named Best in Show on June 16. Judges said the dog was the best example of what an Afghan hound should be, physically.
According to the American Kennel Club, Afghan hounds are an aristocratic breed. "His whole appearance one of dignity and aloofness with no trace of plainness or coarseness," according to the AKC. "He has a straight front, proudly carried head, eyes gazing into the distance as if in memory of ages past."
Max was judged the best among the 270 dogs which participated in the show.
"Before this show, Max was ranked as the No. 1 Afghan hound in Oregon and the 45th best Afghan hound nationwide," said Schuyler Robertson. "After this show, he is certain to move up in the national rankings."
Robertson said Max has been making a name for himself in the dog show world, winning awards for most of his life.
"Most Afghan Hounds don't reach their peak until they are 3 to 4 years old," Robertson said. "So Max has a bright future ahead."
Robertson said plans are already underway to enter Max in the legendary Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, being held at Feb. 10-11 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
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