Nearly 2,000 dogs from 26 breeds will be descending on Stafford
on Saturday 6 December as the British Utility Breeds Association
(BUBA) holds its 43rd Championship Dog Show at Staffordshire County
Dogs of all shapes and sizes from across the country will be
competing for the ultimate 'Best in Show' prize, and for the chance
to qualify for the world's greatest dog show, Crufts, to be held
next March in Birmingham.
The BUBA show is exclusively for dogs from the Utility group,
which consists of breeds that have been bred to perform a specific
function not included in the sporting and working categories of
dog, and some of the breeds listed in the group are the oldest
documented breeds of dog in the world.
The show is perfect for families researching the right breed of
dog for them, and visitors will be able to meet well-known breeds
such as the Dalmatian, French Bulldog and Poodle, as well as some
of the lesser known breeds such as the Canaan Dog and the German
Spitz. Visitors will also be able to speak to experts about
caring for these breeds, watch the dogs competing in various
classes, hoping to impress the judges who are looking for fit,
healthy and happy dogs that are good examples of their breed, and
find out more about what is involved in a championship dog
Meg Purnell-Carpenter, Show Secretary, said: "The show will be a
great opportunity to find out more about Utility breeds and what
makes them so wonderful, and we would encourage dog lovers in the
Stafford area to stop by and experience the buzz of a championship
"Over the past eighteen months, two breeds, Eurasiers and
Kooikerhondjes, have joined the Utility group, with Kooikerhondjes
competing at the show for the very first time this year, so we are
very excited to see them compete.
"We will have someone on hand at the show giving information and
advice to newcomers to dog showing, so visitors can find out more
about the activity and see if it is something that they might enjoy
doing with their dog. The show is one of the last
championship shows before Christmas and we always make it very
festive so there is a lovely atmosphere at the show ground to get
people in the Christmas spirit."
The show is one of 37 Group and General Championship Dog Shows
licensed by the Kennel Club throughout the year, which enable dogs
to qualify for next year's Crufts.
Car parking and entrance to the show for visitors is free.
Unless entered in competition, dogs should not be brought into the
To find out more about dog showing, or any of the Kennel Club's
activities, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk.