There are several levels of dog shows that you can enter
but some will be more suited to new exhibitors than others, read on
to find out more about each type of show.
Levels of Dog Show
A Limited Show is an entry level show which is restricted
either geographically or by membership
Open to all levels of pedigree dog exhibitors. Open Shows
are an excellent place to hone your skills as the atmosphere is
slightly more relaxed than Championship Show
Open to all levels of pedigree dog exhibitors. Premier
Shows are a larger version of an Open Show but here exhibitors can
qualify for Crufts.
Championship Dog Shows
Championship Shows are open to all exhibitors but there is a
higher level of competition as it is here that dogs can both win a
Challenge Certificate (also known as CCs, or tickets) and also
qualify for Crufts. Once you acquire three CC's your dog will
be a Show Champion which is one of the highest accolades in the
Types of Dog Show
The Kennel Club currently recognises 211 dog breeds which
equates to a lot of dog shows. Some clubs or societies will hold a
show for just one breed and others will hold a show for multiple
breeds. Each level of Show could be a Single Breed, a Group
or a General Show.
Single Breed Show - Open to a single breed only
e.g. 'The Pointer Club Championship Show 'and will usually
only be a one day show
Group Show - Open to one group of dogs for
example 'Hounds' or 'Pastoral'. If you're not sure what group your
dog falls into, visit the Kennel Club's
Breed Information Centre.
General Shows - This type of Show is the
biggest, taking place over several days, and will hold classes for
all dog groups. An example of this type of show is Windsor Championship Dog
Companion Dog Shows
One other alternative to taking part in a Breed Show is to take
part in a Companion Dog Show.
Companion Dog Shows are fundraising events held throughout
the year and the shows are mostly organised in conjunction with
fetes, charity open days or similar events to raise money for
charitable causes. The shows are very relaxed and fun and give you
the opportunity to practice your teamwork and build confidence with
your dog in the show ring.