Thousands of dog lovers are set to descend on Stafford next
weekend, for one last chance to qualify their four legged friends
for the world's largest dog show, Crufts, as Manchester Dog Show
Society holds its annual championship dog show at the Staffordshire
County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford from 16th-
The Kennel Club, which licenses the show, made Manchester
Championship Dog Show the last show at which dogs can qualify to
compete at this year's Crufts, being held at Birmingham's NEC from
6th- 9thMarch 2014, and almost 9,000 dogs from over 150 breeds will
be strutting their stuff in Stafford over the weekend.
Dogs have been competing for the past year, at hundreds of
championship dog shows held across the country, to qualify for
Each day of the show will play host to different breeds of
pedigree dog, which are divided into seven groups. On
Thursday 16thJanuary, visitors will get to see the Hound and
Terrier groups being judged, followed by the Toy and Utility groups
on Friday 17th, the Working and Pastoral groups on Saturday 18th,
and the Gundog group on Sunday 19th. The seven group winners
will then compete for the prestigious Best in Show award in the
exciting climax of the show on Sunday. To find out which
group your favourite breed is in, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/breed.
Paul Harding, Secretary of Manchester Dog Show Society, said:
"We are very pleased by the Kennel Club's decision to make the show
the last qualifying show for Crufts 2014, which has contributed to
an increased entry figure this year."
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, added: "Because it is the
last chance for Crufts 2014, dog lovers will be travelling to
Stafford from all over the country with their dogs, hoping to
impress the judges and get their paws on a top prize.
"Local dog lovers of all ages can come along to the show to see
their favourite breeds in action, from the firm family favourites
such as the Labrador, Pug and Staffordshire Bull Terrier, to the
rarer native British breeds such as the Otterhound, Miniature Bull
Terrier and Curly Coated Retriever. Visitors will also be
able to talk to expert owners about caring for healthy, happy dogs
and find out more about the most popular canine activity in the
country - dog showing."
Entry to the show and car parking are free.
To find out more about dog showing, and for a list of
championship dog shows for 2014, visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/dogshowing.