Showing a dog is a competitive hobby and there are awards and
prizes for you and your dog to aim for. 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.
The Junior Warrant is an award which a dog can achieve through
winning certain awards at Open and Championship shows, when the dog
is between 6 and 18 months of age. Also a Junior Warrant enables
your dog to gain a Stud Book Number. Once achieved you may enter
your dog at shows with the title JW.
This award was updated and came into effect from the 1st October
1997. Prior to this date an earlier version of the Junior Warrant
scheme with a different point system was in place. Unfortunately
dogs that had won the title JW under this previous scheme did not
obtain a Stud Book number and sadly we have no records of such
awards as they pre-dated our computer systems.
Junior Warrant Winner of the Year Competition
This Competition has its annual Grand Final at Crufts for
details and eligibility, follow the link here or contact the Awards
Department via 01296 318540 ext 269 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show Certificate of Merit
The Show Certificate of Merit is an award which a dog can
achieve through winning certain awards at General and Group Open
shows and must obtain a total of 25 points.
The Show Certificate of Merit came into affect on the 1st
January 2003. Therefore, only points won after this date can
count towards this award. Please send completed forms back to
the Awards Department at The Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street,
Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB.
If you have any further queries regarding the Show Certificate
of Merit or Junior Warrant please contact the Awards Department on
01296 318540 ext 269 or email: email@example.com.
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
There have been a limited number of errors in the
recently published Kennel Club Stud Book and on initial
investigation it would appear these are due to human error and IT
problems and work is ongoing to ensure these errors are not
repeated. The issues raised in the Dog Press have now been
corrected on the database and an errata listing the correct information is
This detail will also be published in conjunction with
the next edition of the Stud Book as is usual where corrections are
identified. The Kennel Club apologies to exhibitors, judges
and those who give of their time in checking proofs, for this poor
service and give a commitment to ensure these issues are not
repeated in the future.
Book Bands 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
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.
A Stud Book number qualifies your dog for Crufts.
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.
Irish Kennel Club Green Star status
Following on from a letter and several phone conversations,
clarification is given on the status of the Irish Kennel Club Green
Star when calculating eligibility for classes at Kennel Club
Under the new Irish Kennel Club qualifications for Champions -
each point is equivalent to a Challenge Certificate when
calculating eligibility for classes at Kennel Club licensed
events. Also a 5 point Green Star awarded under the
previous Irish Kennel Club system is equivalent to a
Challenge Certificate. For example if a dog has been awarded
a 5 point Green Star under the old system and been awarded one
point under the new system this dog has the equivalent of two
It should also be noted that when calculating eligibility
for classes at Kennel Club licensed shows, a CAC or a CACIB is also
the equivalent to a Challenge Certificate.
For further details on the Irish Kennel Club Champion
qualifications please refer to the Irish Kennel Club (www.ikc.ie/index.php)