If you think coming to a dog show is purely about competing for "Best in Show" think again. It's so much more. (And if you mind goes to the movie, "Best in Show," it's more than that, too.)
Every breed you could imagine gathered with owners and handlers at the St. Paul RiverCentre for the Land O'Lakes Kennel Club Dog Show on Sunday, including a 2-year-old Great Dane named Gere, as in Richard Gere.
In total, 161 breeds and 1,600 dogs competed this weekend. About 75 of them will eventually go on to the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, or as Wayne Harmon refers to it, the Super Bowl.
"We are left in charge of preserving what the bread was meant to do. We all have specific breeds to preserve that," he said.
While the event centers around the competition, for the casual observer, it's the perfect place to pick the brains of these dedicated dog lovers and shop for a puppy.
"You get to talk to all these breeders who know what that breed does and acts like. That's why we are here today," one attendee said.
However, even dog owners admit all that grooming isn't for everyone.
"We bathe him and dry him with a big blow dryer. Then we brush him out completely and also do some stripping and fluffing and whitening. It takes about 6 hours to get him ready," one owner said of a particularly fluffy English Sheepdog.