Dog show awards

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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.

Junior Warrant

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:

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:

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.

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 published here.

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.

The Stud 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 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.

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 licensed events.

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 Challenge Certificates.

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 ( .

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