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The following is a list of awards that are on offer for your dog, dependent upon the type of activities and events that your dog takes part in, whether it is a show, a trial or a competition.

Area of Activity

Title of Champion

Dogs can achieve the level of champion in each of the activities; Agility, Bloodhound Trials, Breed, Field Trials, Obedience and Working Trial. The requirements to become a Champion are listed in the Reg. K.2 Kennel Club Year Book. Being a Champion is the highest award a dog can gain and they are awarded to the very best of healthy dogs, and a dog must always be Fit for Function: Fit for Life.

Stud Book

In 1880 the Kennel Club's Committee introduced a system of universal registration of the dog's name, which is continued to this day.  The Regulations for entries in the Stud Book (Reg. K.1) detail the criteria required for each discipline. Note: a Stud Book number is achieved when either a dog wins a Stud Book qualifying award at a Championship Breed show or achieves a Junior Warrant.

For more information on the history of the Stud Book please visit the History of the Kennel Club page

Breed Shows

The Stud Book Bands 2011 indicate which band the breeds fall into, and how they are awarded a Stud Book number from Championship shows with Challenge Certificates on offer for the breed concerned, for example:

  1. Bloodhounds are in Band A, and will be issued a Stud Book number if they are placed 1st place in an Open Class.
  2. Whippets are in Band E (this is because they have higher entries at shows). They would be issued a Stud Book number if they were placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in a Limit or an Open Class.

Stud Book bands are subject to change, and should be checked for any changes each January.

It should be noted that if your dog gains a Stud Book number this will automatically be sent to you within 6-8 weeks from the date of the show.

Also in Breed shows, a Stud Book number qualifies your dog for Crufts.

Field Trials

A Stud Book number is gained when your dog either wins a first, second, third or fourth placed award, a Diploma of Merit or a Certificate of Merit at a Field Trials Stake held under Kennel Club Field Trial Regulations.

Crufts Qualification 2013

It is surely every exhibitor's/competitor's dream to qualify their dog for Crufts - the most famous dog show in the world. To be able to exhibit/compete at Crufts your dog must qualify for entry through one of the various routes as listed on the Crufts 2013 Qualification page. It is important to note that your dog will not be issued with a Stud Book number if it qualifies via the Crufts Qualifications listings.

WTOA Events at Crufts

This is a quick reference guide for Working Trials, Obedience, Agility, Heelwork to Music and Flyball. Please note there are several activity events at Crufts for the Young Kennel Club members, see the YKC website for further information.

If you have any further queries please contact The Services Team via 01296 318540 Ext 219 or 269. 

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