GREAT Danes, bull terriers, cairns, chow chows, Pekingese, cocker spaniels, bull dogs, whippets, elkhounds, and poodles all put their best paws forward to take part in the Southampton and District Canine Association’s show in the pavilion on the Royal Pier in 1946.

Dog owners from all over Hampshire took their pampered pooches for a stroll along the boardwalk for a little sea air between the different heats of the competition.

Included in the background of the Daily Echo photograph is the former Cunard liner, Queen Elizabeth, berthed at the Western Docks at the end of her refit following Second World War service as a troopship.

Star of the dog show, which attracted more than 200 dogs of all shapes and sizes, seems to have been a fox terrier called Aman Marlene, which was described by the Daily Echo report of the show as “sprightly’’. The terrier, owned by Jack Blair, was the definite star of the contest, carrying off the Best in Show award, three trophies and three first place certificates.

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