- One of the largest dog shows in the UK
- More than 7,000 dogs will compete over four
- More than 200 breeds on display, including many family
favourites such as the Labrador, Golden Retriever, Boxer and
- The opportunity to see rare native breeds
- Dogs competing for a spot at the world famous Crufts
dog show, to be held next March in Birmingham
- Many trade stands selling all things
More than 7,000 dogs from over 200 breeds will be descending on
the Malvern Showground in Worcestershire from 9th - 12th June for
the popular Three Counties Championship Dog Show - one of the
largest events of its kind in the UK.
The show 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 Manchester Terrier originating from England, the Sealyham
Terrier from Wales, the Deerhound from Scotland, and the Irish Red
and White Setter 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, Golden
Retriever, Irish Setter, Labrador Retriever and Boxer.
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
Jackie Lane, secretary of the show, said: "Ours is one of the
largest dog shows held in the UK and naturally we are very proud of
that fact. With the beautiful Malvern Hills as a backdrop, the
show brings thousands of dog lovers to the area each year and we
are expecting this year's show to be bigger and better than
"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 9thJune will see the Gundog breeds
competing, followed by the Working and Terrier breeds on Friday
10th,the Pastoral and Utility breeds on Saturday 11thand the Hound
and Toy breeds on Sunday 12th. Sunday also sees the climax of the
competition - Best in Show - followed by Best Puppy in
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.
Entry to the show is free, as is car parking. Only dogs
entered into the show are permitted at the event.
To find out more, click here.
More information on dog showing, and any other activity dog
owners can get involved in with their dogs, can be found at The Kennel Club website.