Louis, the 75kg dog, takes how long to get ready?

Louis, the 75kg Saint Bernard, prepares for a weekend's dog show


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The Saint Bernard - and his human - is preparing for a dog show. It's a process.

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IT WAS two hours of sheer pamper time for 18-month-old Saint Bernard Louis.

The 75kg gentle giant popped in to PetStock Wodonga, Victoria, for a wash and blow dry ahead of the Murray Valley Kennel Club Championship Show this weekend.

Owner Les Mathieson said Louis, who goes by 'Chandlimore Louis le grande' in show, had already shown promise.

"He has been in about half a dozen shows already and has done quite well including a runners-up a few weeks ago in Albury," he said.

GENTLE GIANT: Louis the 75 kilogram Saint Bernard was in for a wash and blow dry at PetStock Wodonga yesterday before the dog show in Albury this weekend. Picture: MARK JESSER

GENTLE GIANT: Louis the 75 kilogram Saint Bernard was in for a wash and blow dry at PetStock Wodonga yesterday before the dog show in Albury this weekend. Picture: MARK JESSER

"We show him in the confirmation section where judges pick the best dog, in their opinion, based on the breed standards."

For a Saint Bernard everything from the size of their eyes and head, the proportion of their head to their body and their height to friendly temperament and their long and heavy tail is judged.

Mr Mathieson said Louis is "quite average" for his age.

"He will bulk up a bit but his height is pretty much right," he said. "He was imported from England especially."

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