With a good blow dry and plenty of sass, the rarest breeds have been given their time in the spotlight.
Four-year-old Leonberger Charlie, whose show name is Champion Glamourford Winter Wonder (after the white car in which he was born), won best in show at the Dogs Victoria Utility Club Rare Breeds competition at the State Dog Center in Skye.
Competitor Brooke Halliwell said she'd had Charlie since he was 10 weeks old and this was the first time he'd won the main prize.
"I'm still a little bit gobsmacked," she said.
Ms Halliwell said there were about 50 entries in the show, and more than 200 in the utility show, with about 500 people coming through the doors.
"Over the last 18 months I'd probably say we've shown at least two or three times a month," she said.
Some of the rarest breeds in the world, including the Tibetan mastiff, Spanish mastiff, Portuguese water dog, central Asian shepherd and Dogue de Bordeaux are among the competitors.
Although the Diamond Creek 35-year-old said sometimes there can be some stiff competition, it's really just a fun way to hang out with other dog lovers.
"We all tend to be a bit competitive, it's nice to be able to win various things, but we are all dog people, we are all friends," Ms Halliwell said.
"It's not completely in your face, you're happy when someone else does well as well."
Dogs Victoria chief executive Tim Adams said the annual Utility Club of Victoria rare breeds dog show featured "some of the most unique and rare pedigree dogs compete for the top honour of 'best in show'."