One of the delights of dog showing is watching the judging, and
most exhibitors take a keen interest in what the judge is doing.
Following the judging will not only give you an idea as to what the
judge is looking for, but by watching other seasoned exhibitors it
should give you a much greater insight into how to handle your dog
more professionally, how to behave in the ring and to become
familiar with the actual mechanics of showing your dog.
At larger multi-breed shows you will also have the chance to see
all sorts of other breeds in the show ring. Strolling around the
showground provides a good opportunity to talk to other dog owners
and learn about other breeds of dog. At larger shows there are also
likely to be plenty of trade stands selling all manner of dog
paraphernalia, from dog food to coats, leads, grooming equipment
and kennels. There may also be book stalls, stands selling clothing
and all sorts of arts and crafts for sale.
Grooming and preparing your dog for
Short-coated breeds do not require too much preparation before
they go into the ring but if your breed has a long coat, or is
usually presented in a certain style it could take you some time to
prepare your dog to perfection. Most grooming and clipping should
be completed before you set out for the show but most people give
their dogs a quick brush and final trim just before going into the
show ring. You will need to make yourself aware of the Kennel Club
regulations regarding preparing dogs for exhibition - this
information should be included in the schedule.
Qualifying for Crufts
It is surely every exhibitor's dream to qualify their dogs for
Crufts - the most famous dog show in the world! To be able to show
at Crufts however, your dog must qualify through one of the various
qualification routes. For further information on how to qualify for
- Before The Show: Request schedule from Secretary.
- Send your entry form together with your entry fee to the
Secretary before the closing date!
- Groom and prepare your dog.
- Prepare a show bag containing your grooming kit, leads, water
bowls, poop scoop etc.
- Remember to take your show passes (if appropriate).
At the Show:
- Arrive at the showground in plenty of time.
- Purchase a catalogue.
- If at a Championship Show, find your bench and show ring.
- Finish off grooming.
- Keep your eye on the judging and do not miss your class!
- Look around the show - you will find that there is so much to
discover and learn.
The following Kennel Club publications may be a further source
of useful information:
Kennel Club Journal - The Kennel Club's monthly journal
providing the complete show diary list.
The Kennel Club Year Book - Contains a list of the Members and
Associates of the Kennel Club, a list of Breed Clubs and Societies
with the complete Rules and Regulations.
Regulation Booklets - A range of personal organiser sized
booklets on the different canine regulations, which include Agility
and Flyball, Field Trials, Heelwork to Music, Obedience, Show and
Breed Standards - A detailed description of each Breed Standard
is listed within their Groupings.
To order any of the 'Suggested Reading' literature call the
Publications Hotline on 020 7518 1016 or order from the Online