Dogs have a special place in our hearts and are a vital part of
any community. What better way to raise funds for your charity or
cause than by holding a dog show, where the dogs and owners in your
neighbourhood can join you in raising money as well as enjoying a
great day out. Always popular events, Companion Dog Shows attract
hundreds of hounds and generate millions of pounds every year for
countless important and worthy causes.
Why not unleash the fundraising potential of the dogs in your
community by holding a Companion Dog Show?
What are Companion Dog Shows like?
Sometimes forming part of a village fete, or as events in their
own right, Companion Dog Shows are great fun events at which all
dogs, great and small, pedigree and non-pedigree, take part.
The mainstay of many Companion Dog Shows are the fun or 'Novelty
Classes' like 'Dog most like its owner' and 'Dog with the waggiest
tail'. Use your imagination and schedule some classes that everyone
attending can have some real fun with. As there is nothing like a
bit of healthy competition to get people coming along to a show,
Companion Dog Shows can also schedule classes which allow pedigree
dogs to compete head to head in classes such as 'Any Variety
Terrier' or 'Any Variety Puppy'. Many people like to bring their
new puppies along to Companion Dog Shows to get them used to other
people and dogs and to see if they have the makings in them of the
next Crufts Champion.
Please note that puppies under six months old are not
permitted to take part in Companion Dog Shows
Sounds great, what do I need to do?
You will need to fill in a Licence Application Form and send it
to the Kennel Club with supporting paperwork from the charity of
your choice and a fee of £10. Also if you intend to hold Companion
Dog Club Classes, you will be entitled to receive promotional
assistance for your dog show which will be featured on the Kennel
Club website. Please fill in the relevant section on the Licence
Before sending in your completed form, you must inform your
charity, or cause, in writing that you are intending to hold a
Companion Dog Show on their behalf. The charity's acknowledgment
and agreement to your letter (this must be the original letter and
not a copy) should be sent to the Kennel Club, along with your
completed application form. It is not possible for us to issue the
licence without this information.
Why do I need a licence?
Holding a Licensed Show means that all dogs, including pedigree
dogs, can compete and join in the fun. Licences are only granted to
properly organised events so that all those attending the show know
that the money is going to charity and that the show is being run
under the high standards set by the Kennel Club.
One of the ways the Kennel Club makes sure that a licensed show is
of a high standard is that licences are only issued to shows that
are held in accordance with the Kennel Club's regulations and have
a published schedule. The regulations are not complex and are fully
explained in this pack.
How long does it take to receive the licence?
You should not have to wait longer than two weeks to receive
your licence (although in the very busy 'show season' of April to
August it might take slightly longer. We state 42 days prior to the
show date in our regulations, but endeavour to process sooner). The
earlier in the year you apply for a licence, the earlier you will
Are there any other safety tips I should bear in mind?
Companion Dog Shows are most typically held over the summer and
dogs suffer terribly if they are left in hot cars - even for short
periods of time. Please refer to the information on page 2 of the
Specimen Schedule. This notice must be included on your Schedule
and Entry Form, to make all competitors aware of this.
What sort of classes can I hold at my show?
It is possible to hold both pedigree and novelty classes at your
show. For detailed information of the Regulations for a Companion
Dog Show, go to the Show Regulations page. This information forms
the basis for your schedule, as shown in the Specimen
For a successful show which includes all the dogs in the
community, you must schedule some pedigree classes. We can only
licence shows that include these classes.
Also you might want to think about scheduling a Companion Dog Club
class as this will mean that the Kennel Club will help to publicise
your event for free.
Companion Dog Club Novelty Classes
These can consist of similar novelty classes as listed in the
specimen schedule, for example: Dog with the waggiest tale, Most
handsome dog or you can choose other classes such as OAP (dogs over
8) etc. The only limit on the range and number of classes you hold
is your imagination. So you can be as creative as you like - but
remember the easier the class is to enter, the more entries you
will receive. Remember no pedigree classes should be scheduled.
Whatever classes you have chosen, it must be listed accurately on
the schedule, as this helps to prepare the entrants and their dog
on the day.
For ideas which may assist you in creating popular novelty classes
you might wish to hold, please see the sample specimen
Hold a Companion Dog Club Class and we'll promote your event
Once you have confirmed that your event will hold a Companion
Dog Club class we will help you market this by:
- Listing on The Companion Dog
Club section of the Kennel Club website
- Access to the Companion Dog Club Facebook group. The group
contains news on up and coming Companion Dog Shows with CDC
classes, features on Member of the Month, Special Offers, news and
For Promotional Assistance: Please fill in the relevant section
on the Licence Application Form along with your license request and
return the completed form to Canine Activities to gain your free
How do I find a suitable judge for my show?
Why not get in touch with your local dog club and see if they
can recommend a good local judge? Making contact with your local
clubs may mean that you can get the support of their members for
Contact the Kennel Club to get a full list of clubs in your area -
see below for details.
Can I hold a Companion Dog Show as part of another dog
Yes, Companion Dog Shows are often held as part of other Kennel
Club licensed events, but a separate licence must still be applied
The Kennel Club has no jurisdiction over Hunt Terrier and Lurcher
Shows, however, if these shows are scheduled they must be held as a
separate event and not as part of the Companion Dog Show.
Who can tell me more?
If you would like to discuss your event in more detail with one
of our specialists, or would just like some advice, contact the
Canine Activities Services Team on 0844 463 3980 or email Lauren