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    A Closer Look Into The World Of India's Dog Pageants

    It isn't as frivolous as you think.

    Photographer Karan Vaid has travelled all over India to capture the wonderfully weird and surprisingly competitive world of dog pageants.

    Karan Vaid

    A giant poodle at the Chennai (FCI) Dog Show in September, 2014.

    Titled Best in Show, Vaid's series is a collection of images from dog shows across the country, and will be showcased at the Delhi Photo Festival later this month.

    Karan Vaid

    Two Great Danes at the Chennai (FCI) Dog Show, September 2014.

    The pageants attract some of the rarest and most interesting breeds of dogs from all over India.

    Karan Vaid

    An Afghan Hound and a Giant Poodle rest at the Dehradun Dog Show, December 2014.

    Dog shows in India have a richer history than one might imagine. The first dog show was held in India in 1896, and the practice flourished under British patronage.

    Karan Vaid

    An adorable French Bulldog at the Bareilly Dog Show in November, 2013.

    Over the course of time, the Kennel Club of India gave birth to the modern dog show in the country.

    Karan Vaid

    An English Setter and a German Shepherd at the Kanyakumari Dog Show, August 2014.

    Vaid says he started the photo project to relive the memories of the dog shows he would go to as a child.

    Karan Vaid

    Labradors at the Delhi Dog Show in January, 2015.

    Today, dog pageants in India are a highly competitive affair.

    Karan Vaid

    The various trpohies at the Jaipur Dog Show, in January 2014.

    The breeders put their reputations and aspirations on the line.

    Karan Vaid

    A dog show judge at the Jaipur Dog Show in January, 2014.

    Breeding a prized dog can even lead to highly profitable financial returns, when customers purchase the animals.

    Karan Vaid

    A Labrador at the Mumbai Dog Show, February 2015.

    You can check out more of Vaid's work at the Delhi Photo Festival, which commences at IGNCA, Delhi on October 30th, and concludes on November 9th.

    Karan Vaid

    German Shepherds and Rottweilers at the Dehradun Dog Show, December 2014.

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