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Meet 10,000 Dogs In Birmingham in December

27 November 2014    10:00
Thousands of dogs are heading to Birmingham in December for the show (credit Jess Clark/the Kennel Club)

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 the NEC.

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 Terrier. 

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.

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