More than 10,000 dogs from over 190 breeds will be descending on
Stafford from 7th - 10th May as the popular Birmingham National
Championship Dog Show returns to the 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, held at the
NEC in Birmingham next March.
Competition classes are held across the seven pedigree dog
groups. Thursday 7th May will see the Working and Pastoral
breeds competing, followed by the Utility and Toy groups on Friday
8th, Hound and Terrier groups on Saturday 9th and the Gundog group
on Sunday 10th. 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.
This year, for the first time, there will be a competition to
celebrate older dogs, with awards for Best Veteran in Breed, Best
Veteran in Group and Best Veteran in Show, and there will be a ring
dedicated to providing demonstrations of training exercises from
the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme - the largest dog
training programme in the UK.
Jennie Griffiths, Secretary of Birmingham National Championship
Dog Show, said: "The show is one of the biggest gatherings of dogs
in Staffordshire and is a great place to explore, 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 pet.
"We have many trade stands offering a wide range of goods at the
show, both doggy and human, so there will be plenty of opportunity
for a bit of retail therapy if you get tired of meeting the
"Parking is free and there is no charge for visitors, so the show
is ideal for a fun and free day out, especially for individuals or
families who are researching which breed of dog might be right for
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.
The show is open from 8am each day and competitions start at
The show cannot accept 'spectator dogs' so unless entered into the
show, pets should be left at home.
More information on the show can be found at www.nationaldogshowbirmingham.org.uk.
To find out more about dog showing, or any other activity dog
owners can get involved in with their dogs, visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk.