Question: How many dogs need to be in a team?
Answer: There needs to be a minimum of 4 dogs in a team and it is possible to have up to 2 reserves.
Question: Can the teams be made of different breeds?
Answer: No all the dogs in the team need to be the same recognised Kennel Club breed and be registered with the Kennel Club on either the Breed Register or Activity Register.
Question: My dog is a recognised breed but is registered on the Activity Register, can I take part?
Answer: Yes if you have a KC registration certificate which confirms the dog as a recognised pedigree breed then the dog may take part in Obreedience.
Question: My dog is a cross breed can I take part?
Answer: No only dog that are recognised Kennel Club breeds can participate in Obreedience.
Question: Are there any limits or restrictions on dogs wanting to compete in Obreedience?
Answer: Yes, only one dog per team must be working Class A or above in Obedience.
Question: Is there an maximum or minimum age limit on competing dogs?
Answer: There is no maximum age limit but dogs competing in Obreedience must be at least 6 months old on the date of the show.
Question: How do I apply to be in an Obreedience team?
Answer: There is no official process to be invited to join an Obreedience team but should you wish to take part we would recommend contacting breed club members or asking at your local training club in order to find other breed enthusiasts who would be interested in starting a team. Social media can also be used to find team members.
Question: How is training arranged and who organises it? Is there a team captain?
Answer: Yes there is a team captain appointed by the team. It is the responsibility of all the team members to organise the training.
Question: Do the handlers in a team need to wear a uniform of any kind?
Answer: No a uniform is not mandatory to compete but many of the teams who have previously competed at Crufts have worn something to identify and unify them as a team such as coordinating clothing or a sash.
Question: Are there any costs involved in competing in Obreedience?
Answer: Yes, there will an entry fee to enter any of the heats and this is set by the host show society and will appear on the entry form.
Question: Can a dog and handler do more than one set exercise?
Answer: No. Each dog of the 4 dogs must undertake only one of the four exercises.
Question: Can a different dog take part in the heelwork and the set exercises?
Answer: No the dogs and handlers who undertake the heelwork must be the same dogs that complete the set exercises. If a dog is injured or becomes unwell then a reserve handler and dog can be used to complete the rest of the test.
Question: Is Obreedience judged on the individual performances of the dogs or on the team as a whole?
Answer: The dogs will be judged as a team for their heelwork performance and then individually for the set exercises.
Question: The points will then be added from both rounds to produce an overall score. Can two teams of the same breed get through to Crufts?
Answer: No in order to show the capabilities of as many breeds as possible only one team from each breed can take part in the final at Crufts. If more than one team of the same breed qualify, the team with the highest score or placing at the heats will be invited to Crufts.
Question: When will the finalists be told they have gotten through to Crufts?
Answer: The finalists will be informed once the final heat has taken place and all the points have been collated by the Kennel Club.
Question: Can I bring food into the ring?
Answer: No food or toys can be brought into the ring.
Question: What kind of article will I need for the scent exercise?
Answer: Any kind of article can be used except a dumbbell.
Question: What will happen if after all the heats there are teams on equal points?
Answer: If once all the heats have been held there are teams on equal points then the team which has achieved the highest place will take preference in the final allocation of places.
For example: Two teams both have achieved 16 points across the year. One team had gained a 2nd and a 4th place, the other team had gained two 3rd places. The team which has achieved the highest place, in this case 2nd will take the higher place in the final points table.
Question: What will happen if after all the heats there are two teams of the same breed on equal points?
Answer:The team with the highest number of points within each breed will represent that breed in the Final. In the event that two or more teams of the same breed have the same number of points, the team which has achieved the highest placing at the heats will take precedence.
For example: Two teams of Corgis have both have achieved 16 points across the year. Team A had gained a 2nd and a 4th place, Team B had gained two 3rd places. Team A has achieved the highest place, in this case 2nd, so Team A will take the higher place in the final points table.
Question: What will happen if after all the heats there are more than three teams from the same breed group in the top ten?
Answer: Where more than three Breed Representative Teams within the shortlist belong to the same Breed Group, only the three highest scoring teams within that Group will be invited to compete at Crufts 2016. The remaining places in the top ten will be offered to the Breed Representative Team(s) with the next highest total points. For example: Should five breeds from the Gundog Group have made it through to the final ten then the only the three highest scoring breeds will be selected for Crufts to ensure group diversity.