Purebred dogs in immaculately groomed coats will put on their Easter show Sunday in Timonium, and Doberman pinschers will have their day Friday in Westminster.
Almost 3,000 purebred dogs (2,787 conformation entires and 203 obedience entries) will compete from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in the 56th annual show sponsored by the Baltimore County Kennel Club. The show will be held in the Cow Palace at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium.
The loyal and reserved Scottish terriers have the largest entry with 112. With faces that look as though a professional beautician lined their eyes, the busy Siberian huskies have an entry of 81. And another 81 entries will be the grand and gentle great Danes.
The much-maligned Doberman pinchers, who are really pussy cats at heart, have 79 entries, and there will be 72 bulldogs, whose inner beauty and intelligence come through in competition.
Spectators will find food, vendors and representatives of the 133 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club at the show.
Thirty-three judges will come from all over the country. Those from Maryland are Robert H. Cash, Towson; Beatrice P. Connelly, Taneytown; Robert G. Holman, Olney; Roxanne Petersen Mahan, Severna Park; Raymond E. Murphy, Gaithersburg; Kenneth M. Nayler, Upper Marlboro and Frank R. Wolaniuk, Warwick.
Best in show judge will be Mrs. Robert C. Thomas from Marlboro, Mass.
The Baltimore County Kennel Club is one of the oldest in the area and was incorporated in 1935. Its president is Pat Dear, who breeds standard Schnauzers. Other officers are Herb Rosen, vice president; John Kelly, treasurer; Therese Fila, recording secretary; and Debbie Smart, corresponding secretary.
The club's oldest and most active members are Hazel and Carroll Steele, who have been members for 20 years and have raised Boston Terriers since 1946.
Their 4-year-old, Ch. Steele's Ancoramn Top Gun, known simply as Top Gun, is not entered because club members do not exhibit in their own shows.
''Top Gun has several best of breeds and group wins but has not taken a best in show yet," says Mrs. Steele. "He lives in the house and on the bed unless he is at shows with me or our handler Norm Randall, who will have several entries in this show.''
Mrs. Steele will be chief steward Sunday, and her husband will work the gate, as he has done for 20 years. Admission is $3 per car, or $2 for those walking; 50 cents ages 12 to 18 and free under 12.
Dr. Allen Frank from Hunt Valley Animal Hospital is the veterinarian on call.
Show chairman this year is April Merrill Richstein. For show information, call Ms. Richstein at (410) 922-9465 or Don Peacock at (410) 728-5462.
It's said that every dog has his day, and a Doberman pincher will surely have his on Friday, when one is chosen best in show at the Metropolitan Doberman Pincher Club's 8th Independent Specialty Show and obedience trial. The show, for Dobermans only, is from 9 a.m. to late afternoon in the Carroll County Agricultural Center, Smith Avenue in Westminster. It is sanctioned by the American Kennel Club.
Judges are Donald Robinder of Neuville, Pa.; Ed Gillespie, Chesapeake City, Md.; and Liesel Lefkowitz, Las Vegas, Nev.
Club president is Allen Holmes. Vice president is Fraser Morton. Jenny Andrews is show chairman. Other club members on the show committee include Hilaria Weber, Cindy Mason, Arlene Icart, Beverly Casey, Cindy Jennette, Mariann Hein and Becky Martin.
Dr. Eddie Molesworth of Main Street Veterinary Hospital is veterinarian on call.
For show details, call Ms. Andrews, (410) 665-8781 or Ms. Hein, (410) 465-7178. Admission is free. Food and refreshments will be available.