Britain’s Rarest Breeds Head to Peterborough for Cambridgeshire’s Largest Dog Show

  • One of the largest dog shows in the UK
  • More than 7,000 dogs will compete over three days
  • Over 200 breeds on show
  • Lots of fun activities such as flyball and agility
  • The opportunity to see rare British breeds including the Deerhound
  • 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 ‘doggy’
  • Dogs welcome!

Britain’s rarest breeds will be among the more than 7,000 dogs which will be descending on East of England Showground, Peterborough from 8th – 10th July for the popular East of England Championship Dog Show – the largest event of its kind in Cambridgeshire and among the biggest in the UK.

The show will see more than 200 breeds 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 Norwich Terrier originating from England, the Cardigan Corgi from Wales, the Deerhound from Scotland, and the Irish Wolfhound 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 Golden Retriever, Whippet, Labrador Retriever, Cocker Spaniel and Irish Setter.

The East of England Championship Dog Show is part of the Just Dogs Live event taking place at the showground over the three days. In addition to the pedigree dog show, the event is holding agility, flyball and Scruffts competitions, so visitors can watch a range of events and find out more about the different activities that dogs can get involved in. The main ring will feature a number of exciting displays, with everything from gundog and scentwork displays to working Newfoundlands and beyond!

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 requirements.

Julie Robb, secretary of the show, said: “Ours is the largest dog show in Cambridgeshire as well as one of the biggest in the UK and naturally we are very proud of that fact. The show is very popular with summer holidaymakers and brings thousands of dog lovers to the area each year. We are expecting this year’s show to be bigger and better than ever.

“Under the banner of ‘Just Dogs Live’, 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 many dog products 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.”

Pedigree dog classes are held across the seven dog groups. Friday 8th July will see the Working and Pastoral breeds competing, followed by the Hound, Toy and Terrier breeds on Saturday 9th and the Gundog and Utility breeds on Sunday 10th. 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.

Entry to the show is free and car parking costs £10. The public can bring their own dogs with them to the show, for a fee of £2, but will have to sign a declaration that their dog is free from any illness and ensure their dog is under control at all times. Spectator dogs may not compete at the show and must be at least six months of age.

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