The Kennel Club is launching a new competition for dog show
exhibitors who show vulnerable British & Irish breeds, to raise
awareness of these breeds and to recognise those who are dedicated
to their survival and prosperity.
The Kennel Club Vulnerable British & Irish Breeds
Competition, which will be open to all vulnerable breeds competing
at Open and Championship Shows, will enable dogs that are on the
Kennel Club's vulnerable breeds list to collect points for awards
at dog shows. Points can be claimed for Best of Breed or Best Any
Variety Not Separately Classified (AVNSC) and also for Group
placings at Championship shows.
The aim of the competition, which is sponsored by Eukanuba and
run in conjunction with media partner Our Dogs, is for dogs to
collect the highest number of points for their breed in a calendar
year. At the end of the year the top scoring dog from each breed
will be invited to compete at the competition's Crufts final and
the inaugural final will take place at Crufts 2016.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "The Kennel Club's
list of vulnerable breeds includes some of the nation's oldest dog
breeds that have played an important role in this country's
history. The list includes breeds such as the Smooth Collie and the
Irish Terrier which were used to carry messages between trenches in
the First World War, to the Manchester Terrier, which received a
Royal Warrant for rat catching for Queen Victoria.
"We are thankful to those dedicated and passionate owners who
use their knowledge, care and expertise to ensure that these breeds
continue to be a part of our society and we have launched this
competition to give them the recognition and prestige that they
The Kennel Club encourages show societies and breed clubs
representing vulnerable breeds to work together to ensure that as
many people as possible enter the competition, which is running on
a one year trial basis in order to gauge its popularity.
Caroline continued: "The Kennel Club has ensured that there is
no extra administration or management required by already busy show
societies in order to run this competition and make it a success;
it simply requires dog owners to enter the appropriate breed or
AVNSC class scheduled at any Open or Championship show.
"However, we do encourage show societies to work with breed
clubs of vulnerable breeds to explore offering Breed Club Supported
Entry Classes. This will enable breed clubs to mobilise their
membership to enter the classes and give their expertise in
recommending the number of classes and judges to use, whilst the
show society benefits from increased entries. The Breed Club
Supported Entry model ensures that if, for any reason, the classes
fail to attract the hoped for entry, the society does not need to
include them in their class average calculations."
Throughout the year, competitors can track their success on the
official leader board which is published in the monthly competition
feature in Our Dogs. Anyone taking part is reminded to regularly
log their points with Our Dogs by submitting the completed point
tracker form, available on the Kennel Club website, either by email
to email@example.com or at
the Our Dogs stand at general and group championship shows.
To take part in the competition, owners simply need to download
a Kennel Club British & Irish Breeds competition claim form,
which will be used to record their points throughout the year. At
the end of the year, the completed form needs to be submitted to
the breed shows team at firstname.lastname@example.org
and the Crufts finalists will be notified by the Kennel Club. The
claim form, an FAQ document on the new competition and further
information. is available at
The Vulnerable British & Irish Breeds Competition replaces
the Kennel Club Breeders' Competition, which will hold its last
final at Crufts 2015.