Max the mutt takes top honours at 2014 Township Dog Show

uMngeni SPCA / Hill’s Township Dog Show – 18 May 2014

                    Mxolisi Zondi and his puppy Max who took top honours at the 11th uMngeni SPCA / Hill’s Township Dog Show in Howick
                                                                                                (credit Carla Hardman)

Max, a multi-coloured mixed breed puppy owned by Mxolisi Zondi, took top honours at South Africa’s oldest township dog show, the 11th uMngeni SPCA / Hill’s Township Dog Show held at Howick West Stadium, KwaZulu-Natal this Sunday (18 May). Runner up was Casey, an attractive ‘township special’ owned by Bheki Shabalala.

The judges were looking for well-natured, happy healthy dogs; “Well done to Mxolisi and Max! Their relationship is such a loving and happy one that we couldn’t help but choose them as the Best in Show,” said Jenny Henschel of Hill’s Pet Nutrition.  

Traditionally the show has held in different rural communities surrounding Howick, including Mpophomeni and Lidgetton. This was the first time the show has been held in a more urban area and ninety dogs, from the communities around Howick West Stadium entered. Each dog first attended an open air veterinary clinic where they were de-wormed, dipped and vaccinated for rabies and other diseases.

“It was a very rewarding day and considering it was held in a new area it went very well,” said Dudu Abrahams, uMngeni SPCA’s Operations Manager. “We were very impressed with the condition of the dogs and delighted to find that the majority were already sterilised. The 10 dogs that weren’t are on our list to sterilise this week.”

The winners each received a brand new kennel, certificate, rosette and high quality Hill’s pet food. Every entrant was given a new collar, lead, bowl, blanket and Hill’s food.


Class winners - 2014 uMngeni SPCA / Hill’s Township Dog Show:

  • Puppy in Best Condition: Mxolisi Zondi with Max; 2nd Sibusiso Vilakazi with Doggy; 3rd Mlondi Mhlongo with Spotty
  • Best Male Handler of a Puppy: Pumlane Ngcobo – Takkie; 2nd Sihle Mnikathi with Spotty; 3rd Michael Ngcobo with Nombeza
  • Adult Dog in Best Condition: Dalip Narainsparsath – Toughie; 2nd Duduzi Zondi with Tom; 3rd Spheshile Dladla with Puppy
  • Best Male Handler of an Adult Dog: Bheki Shabalala with Casey; 2nd Philasane Ngunuka with Scooby; 3rd Mandla Khuzwayo with Puppy
  • Best Female Handler of an Adult Dog: Gladys Mkhabise with Puppy; 2nd Asanda Mthembu with Kitty; 3rd Jaya Singh with Hidy


For more info visit or contact uMngeni SPCA on 033 330 4557 / 076 301 4827 or email

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