Little puppy thinking big

A ST CLAIR miniature pinscher is lapping up the attention after she was crowned best puppy for the breed at the Royal Easter Show.

Proud owner Julie Touzell thought 10-month-old Mindy was in with a big chance.

"They have to be as close to the breed as possible," she said.

"The judges look at everything."

Mindy melted hearts at the Show yesterday (April 21) as part of the best in show exhibition in the dog pavilion.

"She loves the chance to show off," Mrs Touzell said. "She's great with people she knows. She barks at strangers but if you've got food, you quickly become her best friend."

The miniature pinscher is an uncommon breed.

"They are a little dog but think they are a Doberman so they act like one," Mrs Touzell said.

Mindy isn't Mrs Touzell's first Royal Show prize-winning dog.

Her five-year-old English setter Echo won best in breed two years ago and was named Australian champion last year.

Mindy and Echo take part in dog shows throughout the year.

Mrs Touzell has been showing dogs for 25 years.

"I was looking for a hobby and have loved dogs since I was little," she said.

She predicted Mindy would win more prizes in the future.

Mindy wasn't the only local to be a Royal Easter Show winner.

Rooty Hill resident John Pye's Airedale terrier also won best puppy in breed.

■ Did you win an award at the Royal Easter Show?

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