Hawaii’s First Dog Show

Today in history — September 6, 1906 — 105 dogs competed in Hawaii’s first dog show.  “The town is certainly going to the dogs,” said The Hawaiian Gazette.

“Almost every breed of dog, preserved for use or ornament,” were seen trotting at the dog show at the skating rink on Queen’s Street and ranged from toy dogs, including the only Blenheim spaniel in Hawaii, to guard dogs, including the Great Dane. However, no native poi dogs were seen–virtually all of the dog owners there were Haole (Caucasian) with European and Asian dogs, such as collies, fox-terriers, and the Japanese Spaniel.

The most interesting category–“Best dog or bitch owned by a lady”–reflected the less-negative connotation of the term “bitch” (female dog) back then.

Read more about Hawaii’s first dog show in “Dog Show’s Bright Opening.”

“Dog Show’s Bright Opening”
Hawaiian gazette, September 7, 1906, Page 5
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83025121/1906-09-07/ed-1/seq-5/

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