New to Dog Showing?

Dog Showing image © Ben Lee

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 show Crufts.

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 top awards.

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 here.)
  • 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: 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

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 Club

Things to consider

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, click here.

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 class. 

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: and

Breed Watch
To find out more about what the Kennel Club does to protect the health and welfare of show dogs, click here.

Version suitable for printing

Related Topics

Dog ShowingDog Showing NewsDog Shows

Copyright © The Kennel Club Limited 2014. The unauthorised reproduction of text and images is strictly prohibited.