Have you bred three or more dogs of the same breed? Do you want
to be amongst the very Best of British breeders at Crufts next year? If so, the
Kennel Club Breeders' Competition, supported by Our Dogs, is the perfect chance to show
off your breeding stock.
Launched on January 15th 2009 the prestigious Breeders'
Competition gives breeders the opportunity to showcase their skill
and knowledge as a breeder. The Competition is open to all
scheduled breeds and AVNSC at every Championship Show, with or
without CCs. Entries are taken on the day and it is free to enter.
The best of the best will star in a grand final to be staged at
How to enter the Breeders' Competition
To be eligible to take part all you need is three or four dogs
bred by you, present and exhibited at that show.
All you need to take part is a Breeders' Competition Record
Book. These are available either from the Kennel Club's
Online Shop or by contacting the Publications
Department at the Kennel Club 0844 463 3980 ext. 278, or by
obtaining one from the Kennel Club Roadshow stand which attends
many shows throughout the year. Each Record book is priced at £1.50
each. Full instructions on how to enter the competition, and what
information needs to be completed, are detailed in the Record Book.
It is the breeder's responsibility to keep up the Record Book up to
date and accurate.
All dogs to be bred by the same breeder, or breeder partnership.
No combination of different breeders is permitted. Please use a
separate Record Book for each breeder or partnership, and for each
breed of dog.
Each team consists of three or four dogs. New combinations of
dogs are allowed from show to show, at the discretion of the
breeder. A breeder or his/her delegated representative may enter
more than one team at each show.
A dog beaten in competition for Best Breeder in Breed Award or
Best Breeder in AVNSC classes is not considered to be a beaten dog
for further competition at the show. If one of the dogs in the team
has been awarded Best of Breed, and there is a time constraint at
the show, the exhibitor can choose whether or not to wait for the
Best Breeder in Group competition, or to go in the "main" Group
For further information please either download the Guide or
Our Dogs Leader Board
Competitors taking part in the Kennel Club Breeders' Competition
are required to register their points totals on the competition
leader board at the Our Dogs stand at General Championship Shows.
Further details here www.ourdogs.co.uk/kcbreeders.
The leader board is now a regular monthly feature in Our Dogs,
publishing those Breeders taking part and the number of points they
have gained towards qualifying for the Crufts Final.
What else do I need to know?
Competition scheduled at all Championship shows for every breed,
with or without CCs (Breed Club, Sub Group, Group and General
Championship Shows included)
Numerically smaller breeds need not miss out on the chance to
enter the competition at General & Group Championship Shows. A
Best Breeder in Any Variety Not Separately Classified (AVNSC)
Classes was introduced for 2010.
Entries can be made on the day of competition.
Breeders become eligible to enter by having bred three or four
dogs being present and exhibited at that show.
At General & Group Championship Shows the Competition is
judged immediately after awarding Best of Breed/AVNSC and Best
Puppy in Breed/AVNSC. Single breed Championship shows may, if they
prefer, schedule the competition at lunchtime, or any other
convenient break in judging.
Best Breeder in Breed and Best Breeder in AVNSC classes goes
through to a Best Breeder in Group Award.
A cumulative points system will be applied to all
Best Breeder in Breed/AVNSC Classes - 3 Points
2nd place Breeder in Breed/AVNSC Classes - 2 points
3rd place Breeder in Breed/AVNSC Classes - 1 point
Best Breeder in Group - 4 points
2nd place Breeder in Group - 3 points
3rd place Breeder in Group - 2 Points
4th place Breeder in Group - 1 point
Breeders amass points throughout the calendar year based on how
well their teams have performed.
The top 50 Breeders who have a minimum of 25 points over a
calendar year will qualify for the Crufts Final in the following
year. At the end of the competition year in question, Breeders
should forward a copy of their record books to the Kennel Club
Canine Activities Department which will advise whether they have
qualified for the Crufts Final. This Competition is a fantastic
opportunity for owners, breeders and handlers to all come together
in support of their team.