More than 10,000 dogs from 158 breeds will be descending on
Birmingham on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December as the Ladies
Kennel Association (LKA) holds its popular Championship Dog Show at
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, held at the
NEC next March.
Competition classes are held across the seven pedigree dog
groups. Saturday 13 December will see the Toy, Utility,
Pastoral and Working breeds competing, followed by the Gundog,
Terrier and Hound breeds on Sunday 14. Sunday also sees the
climax of the competition - Best in Show.
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 Labrador, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Chihuahua, as
well as some of the lesser known native British breeds that are
considered to be vulnerable because of their low numbers, such as
the Otterhound, Curly Coated Retriever and Skye
Visitors to the show will be able to speak to experts about caring
for different 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 show.
Jane Valentine, LKA Secretary, said: "The show is the second
largest championship dog show in the UK after Crufts and we really
do have something for everyone.
"Whether you are simply a dog lover who just wants to get your fix
of man's best friend, or a dog owner looking to get involved in a
fun activity with your dog, the show is the perfect place to
explore. We have around eighty trade stands offering a wide
range of goods, both doggy and human, so there will be plenty of
opportunity for a bit of Christmas shopping and as the show is so
close to Christmas there is always a real festive buzz."
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.
Tickets to the show are £8 for adults and £4 for children under 15
and OAPs. The NEC charges for car parking. The show
cannot accept 'spectator dogs' so unless entered into the show,
pets should be left at home.
More information on the show and the Ladies Kennel Association can
be found at www.ladieskennelassociation.co.uk.
To find out more about dog showing, or any of the Kennel Club's
activities, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk.