- World's oldest dog show, established in
- More than 10,000 dogs will compete over four
- The opportunity to see rare breeds including the
Cardigan Corgi (lesser known than its royal Pembroke cousin) and
Skye Terrier (with its romantic Scottish island
- More than 200 breeds on display including many family
favourites such as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Labrador and
Golden Retriever and Whippet
- Dogs competing for a spot at the world famous Crufts
dog show, to be held next March in Birmingham
More than 10,000 dogs from over 200 breeds will be descending on
the Staffordshire County Showground in Stafford from 5th- 8th May
for the popular Birmingham Dog Show Society Championship Show - the
world's oldest dog show and one of the UK's largest.
The show, established over 150 years ago, will see dogs and
their owners from all over the British Isles and beyond compete in
a bid to qualify for the world's biggest dog show, Crufts, which
will be held at the NEC in Birmingham next March.
The pedigree dogs taking part will be judged on a number of
factors in the ring, including temperament and that they are fit,
healthy and happy dogs that are good examples of their breed, as
they compete for the ultimate 'Best in Show' prize.
The show is one of the largest gatherings of dogs in the UK and
will see rare native British and Irish breeds competing, such as
the Cardigan Corgi originating from Wales (30 of this breed on
show), the Skye Terrier from Scotland (18), the Lakeland Terrier
from England (7) and the Glen of Imaal Terrier from Ireland
These breeds are bred in such small numbers today that they are
considered by the Kennel Club to be at risk of disappearing from
the UK's streets and parks. Alongside these breeds will be
some of the more well-known ones such as the Whippet (220 of this
breed on show), Golden Retriever (202), Labrador Retriever (189)
and Staffordshire Bull Terrier (152).
The show is perfect for families researching the right breed of
dog for them, and visitors will be able to meet the dogs themselves
as well as talk to experts in each breed about finding a good
breeder, what to expect from the breed, and training and care
Jennie Griffiths, secretary of the show, said: "The show is the
oldest in the world and we are naturally very proud of our rich
history. It brings thousands of dog lovers to the area each
year and we are expecting this year's show to be bigger and better
"The show is a huge celebration of man's best friend and
visitors will get to meet lots of wonderful dogs throughout the
weekend, find out more about dog showing and the various activities
they can get involved in with their own dog, and browse the doggy
wares on the trade stands.
"Anyone thinking about getting a pedigree dog can come along and
research their favourite breeds, as well as some of the lesser
known breeds they may not even have heard of, and take the
opportunity to meet the dogs themselves, which is definitely a
favourite with families."
Competition classes are held across the seven pedigree dog
groups. Thursday 5thMay will see the Gundog breeds competing,
followed by the Working and Pastoral breeds on Friday 6th, the
Utility and Toy breeds on Saturday 7thand the Hound and Terrier
breeds on Sunday 8th. Sunday also sees the climax of the
competition - Best in Show - followed by Best Puppy in Show and
Best Veteran in Show.
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 venue is Staffordshire County Showground, Weston
Road, Stafford and entry to the show is free, as is car
parking. Only dogs entered into the show are permitted at the
To find out more, visit www.thenationaldogshow.co.uk
More information on dog showing, and any other activity dog
owners can get involved in with their dogs, can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk.