Hundreds Descend Upon Ocala Dog Show
Despite the chilly temperatures this Sunday, more than 300 dogs and their owners competed in the Greater Gainesville Dog Fanciers' Association show.
During the weekend event, 136 different breeds were represented from a standard poodle to silky terriers.
Dog owners came from all over the state hoping to take home a win.
"It's almost a disease," said Barbara Beissel, a professional dog handler. "We just love these competitions. It's great fun and the people are great."
Winning takes more than just puppy dog eyes. Judges score the dogs based on a very specific standard. They take into account the dog's appearance, temperment, and movement.
There were 85 rounds over the course of the show, all leading up to the final round which decides which dog will be named "best in show."
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