The Kennel Club has announced the first policy change to result
from the work of its Dog Show Promotion Working Party, which is
looking into ways to improve and increase the popularity of dog
Following a recommendation from the working party, the Kennel Club
has introduced a new policy to allow breed clubs to hold their
Championship shows in conjunction with another club, or with a
larger General or Group Championship show. Effective from 1 January
2015, this new policy will allow two sets of Challenge Certificates
in the same breed to be awarded at two different Championship shows
on the same day, at the same venue.
As a result of this change in policy, breed clubs and General
Championship show societies, as well as exhibitors and the show
itself, can benefit from sharing a venue. It is hoped that working
in partnership in this way will lead to increased show entries and
will therefore be of mutual benefit to the world of dog shows.
Societies which choose to adopt this initiative should advise the
Kennel Club of their intention once a formal written agreement has
been formed between the two societies.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "The Dog Show
Promotion Working Party has been considering a number of ways in
which dog shows can be improved upon as part of its dedicated
strategy to re-popularise dog shows. We believe this is an
important development for the future of dog showing and hope that
this, along with other Working Party initiatives, will have a
positive impact for dog showing."
The Kennel Club has published a set of FAQs to assist show
societies, exhibitors and judges with the implications of this new
policy, which can be viewed
here. In addition to this, updated specimen schedules will be
available on the Kennel Club website to reflect the changes. Clubs
may also be interested to know that those clubs which adopt this
policy are permitted to share a schedule if they so wish.
Keith Young, Dog Show Promotion Working Party Chairman, said: "We
believe that this proposal will have a positive impact on the show
calendar by increasing the number of available show dates, and that
it will be advantageous to both show societies and exhibitors as it
will lead to a reduction in costs for all concerned."
Anyone requiring further information about this announcement
should please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.