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Thousands Of Dog Lovers Descend On Stafford For Last Chance To Qualify For Crufts

10 January 2014    09:30
Thousands of dogs, like this happy Staffordshire Bull Terrier, will be competing at Manchester Championship Dog Show

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- 19thJanuary.


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 Crufts 2014. 


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   


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


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