Forget the Niners and the Ravens. The real Bay Area showdown was a face-off between the dobermans and the danes.
The Golden Gate Kennel Club's 111th and 112th annual dog shows took place at Cow Palace over the weekend, filling Daly City's grand venue wall to wall with the nation's finest canines.
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A doberman pinscher named Grand Champion Protocol's Vendi Vidi Vici was the big winner of the weekend, taking home the best in show title both Saturday and Sunday. Back-to-back victories are not unheard of, however, the two-time win is rarity.
"[The dog] is a very nice specimen of the breed," chairman Mike Stone told The Huffington Post. "She is beautiful and well deserving."
The event also featured vendors selling items like a $3,000 dog-powered scooter. A "best bench decoration" contest offered a second dose of competition.
The Golden Gate Kennel club's dog show is one of five "bench shows" in the country. While other dog shows invite canines to remain backstage between showings, the bench shows allow pooches and their owners to rest in plain sight in the arena. According to Stone, the bench show is a dying art.
"It is a very important tradition to have," Stone said. "There is a lot of value in bench dog shows, it allows for an individual to contact the dogs more frequently."
Take a look at images from the weekend below:
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