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Dogs NSW is encouraging pet lovers to include their dogs in Australia Day celebrations, with special attention to Australian purebreds, and inviting the public to attend the Dogs NSW Library & Archives Committee Championship Show on Friday, January 26 at Orchard Hills.

Dogs NSW is the peak body in New South Wales responsible for promoting breeding, showing, trialling, obedience, and other canine-related activities and the ownership of temperamentally and physically sound purebred dogs across NSW.

“Australia Day isn’t just a day to acknowledge people’s contributions to Australia, but also to celebrate its multicultural canine citizens,” said Nancy Keck, Chairman of the Dogs NSW Library & Archives Committee. “The Dogs NSW Library & Archives Committee Championship Show - as well as being a dog show - is also an opportunity for members to celebrate Australia Day together."

“This special event will be of interest to those who wish to see the many breeds of dogs we have in Australia and find out where they come from. We have pedigrees brought in from most European countries, Russia, Alaska, Brazil, Asia and many countries in the Americas -  all now proud Australians!”

Over 500 pedigree dogs are expected to enter the championship show, which will have many prizes up for paws, including Best in Show and Best of Breed for each Australian breed.

Dogs NSW will also run a Fancy Dress Competition for children and adults, and have a special ‘Library & Archives’ display of treasured books (some more than 100 years old!), statues and memorabilia.

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Dogs NSW registered breeder Amy Curran, author, photographer and illustrator, will launch her children’s book “Bobby the Plain-Faced Cattle Dog”, which carries a life-saving anti-bullying message aimed at young readers.

The book’s character is Mrs Curran’s Australian Cattle Dog, Bobby, whose image has been used by more than 45,000 social media users as a message of anti-bullying and confidence.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet Bobby during the book signing at the show.BobbythePlainFacedCattleDog cover

“Dogs NSW invites the public to be a part of the fun activities, including the Fancy Dress competition, and learn about the advantages of owning a purebred dog,” said Lynette Brown, President of Dogs NSW.

“Dogs NSW Library & Archives Committee Championship Show is a fabulous day out for all dog enthusiasts - especially those unsure about what type of dog would best suit their lifestyle or growing family - or simply a fun, free day out for the entire family!”

Event summary

• Dogs NSW Library & Archives Committee Championship Show
• Date: Friday, January 26 • Time: 8am – 4pm
• Location: The Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs, 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills NSW

FREE Admission and parking on the grounds plus food and refreshments available.
For more information please contact Dogs NSW on (02) 9834 3022 or visit

Words: Caroline Zambrano, Pet Journalist