- One of the largest dog shows in the UK
- More than 7,000 dogs will compete over four days
- More than 200 breeds on display, including many family favourites such as the Labrador, Golden Retriever, Boxer and Whippet
- 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 'doggy'
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 requirements.
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 ever.
"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 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, as is car parking. Only dogs entered into the show are permitted at the event.
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