Dog Showing is the most popular canine activity in the country
and is a great way to show others why your dog is the best in the
world. All pedigree dogs can take part in Dog Showing and you
never know you could end up taking part in the world's greatest dog
What is Dog Showing?
Dog Showing or exhibiting takes place in different rings at a
dog show, where each pedigree dog is judged against the official
Kennel Club Breed Standard. The Breed Standard is a blueprint
for the perfect characteristics for each breed and covers every
aspect of the dog, including health and temperament.
Click here to see an example of a Breed Standard. The dogs
which conform most closely to the Breed Standard will receive the
Getting Started in Dog Showing
It really is very easy to get started in dog showing,
all you need to do is:
- Ensure your dog is registered with the Kennel Club on the Breed
Register and is 6 months of age or over. (If you're not sure if
your dog is registered or would like more information about how to
get your dog registered on the Kennel Club's Breed Register, visit
the Registrations section
- Enter a show in a class that is suitable for your dog. You can
find a list of the Kennel Club licensed Shows in our Events
Diary which is updated monthly. You can also find details of
upcoming shows on the following websites: www.highampress.co.uk and
- Health is of paramount importance, so before taking part in dog
showing, make sure your dog is Fit
For Function: Fit for Life
How can I prepare for a Dog Show?
Although you might just like to enter a show and
see how you get on, there is some preparation you could do to
ensure you and your dog get the best out of the day.
A great way to find out whether dog showing is for you is to
visit a show or multiple shows and see what it's all about. You can
find a list of Kennel Club licensed Shows in our Events
Diary which is updated monthly. Alternatively, if you would
like to visit a Show closer to your home or to see a specific
breed, contact the Services Team via firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you've been to a show, you might have an idea of what
characteristics the judge is looking for in each dog. However to
find out more specific details and learn more about what is
expected at a Dog Show, you could:
- Attend a
Ringcraft Class (a class for show training) and learn
more about how to present your dog at a Show
- Look at the Kennel Club
Breed Standards which details the characteristics for
every breed of dog that can be registered with the Kennel
What types of show are best for me?
To find out about the different types of show and decide which
would be most suitable for you and your dog,
What classes can I enter?
The best way to see what classes would be suitable for
your dog is to find a show and look at the show schedule. The show
schedule includes information about the show and details all the
classes that will take place at the show. You can find a suitable
class for your dog by reading through the explanation of each
Once you've found a class, you will need to complete an entry
form. Show Schedules and Entry Forms can be found on the following
websites: www.highampress.co.uk and
Things to consider
Health is of paramount importance, so before taking part in dog
showing, make sure your dog is Fit For Function: Fit for Life.
Click here for more information about health and welfare
for show dogs.