Dog Showing

The most popular form of canine competition in this country is the dog show - the contest for Kennel Club registered pure-bred dogs, such as those seen at Crufts.

The Kennel Club sets a Breed Standard for every breed of dog it recognises, which represents the ideal conformation and characteristics for that breed. At shows, the Judge must compare each dog with the Breed Standard to find the dog nearest to that ideal picture of the breed.

Notice to Clubs/Societies 
Advice for Shows during Coronavirus (Covid-19) can be found here. 

New to Dog Showing?
This section contains information for those new to dog showing, including how to get started and entering a dog show.
Find out more about competing, awards, upcoming shows, rules and regulations and lots more on the Exhibitors page.
The Kennel Club is responsible for the approval of Championship Show Judges, of which there are in excess of 7,000 approved in the UK. For more information about judging issues there's lots of advice and guidance in Show Judges section of the website.
Club Administration
Visit the Club Administration page for information about running a registered club, including submitting Annual Returns, Insurances for Clubs and Societies and a calendar or important dates.
Show Administration
Visit the Show Administration page for Information about running a dog show, including Specimen Schedules and Entry Forms, Code of Practice for Objections and Appeals and Holding Special Award Classes.
Health and Welfare for Show Dogs
Click here for more information about Health resources for those participating in, or judging at dog shows with a selection of tools that enable them to continue to put canine health and welfare first.
Breed Liaison Council
The Breeds Liaison Council is made up of representatives for every breed and has 30 Group Delegates who attend each meeting. Representatives are elected for a three year term to act as a channel of communication between Breed clubs, competitors, and the Kennel Club.
Show Liaison Council
The Shows Liaison Council is made up of 29 regional representatives, elected for a three year term to act as a channel of communication between breed societies, competitors and the Kennel Club. The Council was set up to provide a channel of communication on matters of general concern to the dog community and to promote a better understanding among competitors of how the Kennel Club functions.


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