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Breeds Take The Lead In The New Crufts ‘Obreedience’ Competition

08 November 2013    10:00
 

Mixing the best aspects of obedience with the camaraderie found amongst breed enthusiasts, the Kennel Club is launching a new and exciting display competition at Crufts 2014 called Obreedience.

The aim of Obreedience is to encourage more breeds to have a go at some of the exercises generally associated with obedience in a less formal but nonetheless competitive environment. Obreedience will be a team event and highlight the abilities of different breeds in a relaxed and fun display.

Each team will comprise four handlers and four dogs who will take part in two rounds of competition. The first section will see all four dogs complete a round of heelwork together as a group, with the dogs being assessed on their ability to complete different moves whilst remaining synchronised with their team mates. This first round will be marked out of ten points.  

Round two will feature four set exercises, and each team member will need to successfully complete one of four different exercises to secure as many points as possible for their team. The exercises will include a Retrieve (handler's own article), Send to Bed, Stop the Dog and Scent Over Articles. Round two will be marked out of 40 points (10 per set exercise).  Once the teams have completed the two rounds, the scores will be added up and the winners and runners up will be announced.

The first Obreedience competition will be held in the Obedience Ring at Crufts on Saturday 8 March 2014 from approximately 4pm in the afternoon, after the Championship Obedience competition has finished.

Obreedience will be held in addition to the many other fun obedience events that take place during Crufts, and help to add to the competitive atmosphere associated with the discipline. Nine different breed teams will be showcasing their abilities: Hovawarts, Spanish Water Dogs, Tibetan Terriers, Rottweilers, Papillons, Afghan Hounds, Corgis, Boxers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Manager said: "We are thrilled to be launching this new Obreedience display competition at Crufts 2014. It will be exciting to see the various breeds showing their skills in obedience whilst spectators cheer on their favourite teams."

Although the breed teams have been selected for Crufts 2014, if you think your breed might like to take part in Obreedience at Crufts in 2015, please contact cat@thekennelclub.org.uk.

As the event's competitive element grows, 2015 is likely to feature qualifying heats at shows around the UK to qualify for Crufts in 2016. More information about these qualifying heats will be available in due course.

For further details about obedience, please visit the Kennel Club website www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/obedience/.

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