Photos: Crown Classic Dog Shows bring canines to Cleveland

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CLEVELAND- Santa's reindeer may be getting all the attention right now, but this weekend in Cleveland, it's all about the dogs.

Thousands of canines from around the world are competing in the annual Crown Classic Dog Shows at the I-X center.

"This is one of the largest dog shows in the country, and it's at the end of the year when more people are trying to get their points to finish,” said show manager Bill Russett.

The points are earned in competitions where dogs are graded in several skilled categories, including agility, obedience and overall best in show.

"You gotta be groomed, you gotta look good, you gotta look your best like a beauty show," Russett said.

Handler Kristen Murray is vying for prizes and trophies while showcasing several dogs, including her Siberians and Border collie.

"I’ve always seen people with bad dogs and wanted a well behaved dog so when I was in high school I got involved in doing obedience-type of events with my Siberian huskies… just been at it ever since,” Murray said.

Hundreds spectators, including family, friends and those just interested in learning more about a specific breed fill the stands.

Some are even in the market for that perfect pooch.

"We're looking for, you know, dogs that have a nice temperament and that are allergy friendly, our main two criteria,” said spectator Gene Willet.

“Came here just to check out the breeds and just to have a little fun.  It’s kind of the happiest place on earth. Room full of dogs, it's great," Kaci Korn said.

The show runs through this Sunday. Parking is $8 per vehicle. Admission: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for children 4 to 11 years of age. Children under 4 are free.

For more information on the dog shows, click here.

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