Question: What is the size of the ring required?
Answer: The ring size at Crufts is 26metres square, but as space can be limited at shows so where possible the ring size should equal to a ‘C’ competition ring at Obedience Shows.
Question: Who can judge the competition? An Obedience judge, preferably one who has experience of judging a variety of breeds. How many teams can enter a heat?
Answer: A maximum of 20 teams can enter a heat. Only the top 10 teams with a maximum of three from each breed group (e.g Pastoral or Terrier) will qualify for the final.
Question: How can our club apply to hold a heat?
Answer: Any registered club can apply to hold a heat by completing the application form found on the website and returning to the Kennel Club. Heats must be held in conjunction with a KC licensed show. /events/obreedience/ We are a breed show, can we hold an Obreedience heat? Yes, all clubs and shows are invited to hold a heat.
Question: We are an Obedience show, can we hold an Obreedience heat?
Answer: Yes, all clubs and shows are invited to hold a heat. I already have my licence for my 2015 show, can I still apply to hold a heat? Yes, Obreedience heats can be applied for even if you already have your licence.
Question: Do I need to add Obreedience to my licence?
Answer: No, Obreedience will be run as a Special Class held under your existing licence.
Question: Is there a set entry fee for an Obreedience heat?
Answer: No, however we would recommend that societies base their entry fee on other activity entry costs which are usually in the region of £4 - £5 per dog. Therefore an Obreedience team entry fee will be approximately £20 - £25.
Question: Do I need to add the Obreedience heat to my schedule?
Answer: Yes, Obreedience will need to be listed on your schedule. If your schedule has already been published you should inform club members and competitors that the Obreedience heat will be held, by advertising on your website for example. In addition The Kennel Club will advertise the heats on its website.
Question: Do I need an Entry Form for Obreedience?
Answer: Yes you will need an entry form which includes space for all the team dogs and reserves. An example entry form can be found on the Kennel Club Website. /events/obreedience/
Question: Where can I find the Obreedience regulations?
Answer: The regulations can be found on the Obreedience page of the Kennel Club Website /events/obreedience/
Question: Are there any judging guidelines?
Answer: Yes the Guidelines for Judges and Stewards can be found on the Obreedience page of the Kennel Club Website. /events/obreedience/
Question: Where can I find the heelwork patterns?
Answer: There is an example heelwork pattern on the Obreedience Website. /events/obreedience/
Question: Can the set exercises change?
Answer: No the set exercises must be those detailed in the regulations.
Question: Do the set exercises need to be performed in a square as per the example?
Answer: No, as long as the exercises are performed then these can be organised in consultation between the show secretary and judge.
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.