Scotland’s Largest Dog Show Will See Over 200 Breeds Compete in Edinburgh

  • One of Britain’s biggest events of its kind
  • Over 6,500 dogs will compete during the three days of the show
  • Come and meet some of the UK’s most popular breeds of dog
  • The opportunity to see rare Scottish breeds
  • Watch the exciting agility and obedience competitions
  • 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’
  • All dogs welcome!

Scottish native dog breeds, including some very rare ones, will be among the 6,500 plus dogs which will descend on the Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston, Edinburgh from 19th – 21st May for the popular Scottish Kennel Club Championship Dog Show, the largest event of its kind in Scotland and one of the biggest in the UK.

The show will see more than 200 breeds and their owners from all over the UK 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 in 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 Scottish native breeds competing, such as the Gordon Setter, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Smooth Collie, Deerhound and Skye Terrier.

These breeds are bred in such small numbers today that they are considered by the Kennel Club to be at risk of disappearing from Scotland’s streets and parks. Alongside these breeds will be some of the more well-known Scottish breeds such as the Scottish Terrier, Golden Retriever, Rough Collie, West Highland White Terrier, Bearded Collie, Cairn Terrier and Shetland Sheepdog.

In addition to breed judging, the show is holding its championship obedience competition on the Saturday and championship agility on the Sunday, so visitors can watch a range of events and find out more about the different activities that dogs can get involved in.

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.

Beth Harrison, Secretary of the Scottish Kennel Club, said: “Ours is the largest dog show in Scotland and naturally we are very proud of that fact. Being located in Edinburgh, the show is very popular with visitors 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.

“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.”

Competition classes are held across the seven pedigree dog groups. Friday 19th May will see the Toy and Utility breeds competing, followed by the Gundog and Hound breeds on Saturday 20th and the Working, Pastoral and Terrier breeds on Sunday 21st. 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.

Admission prices are £5 for adults, £3 children/concessions and £12 families (two adults and two children over three years of age). Car parking costs £5, payable to the Royal Highland Centre. Visitors can bring dogs to the show with them for an entry fee of £5 payable at the gate. 

Read more information about the show. Find out more about dog showing, or any other activity dog owners can get involved in with their dogs.