- One of the largest dog shows in the UK
- More than 8,000 dogs will compete over three days
- Come and meet some of the UK’s most popular breeds of dog
- The opportunity to see rare native British and Irish breeds
- See dogs taking their Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme obedience test
- 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!
British and Irish native dog breeds, including some very rare ones, will be among the more than 8,000 dogs which will descend on Newbury Showground, Berkshire from 2nd – 4th June for the popular Southern Counties Championship Dog Show, one of the largest events of its kind 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 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 British and Irish breeds competing, such as the English Setter, Bloodhound, Smooth Collie, Mastiff, Cardigan Corgi, Sussex Spaniel and Norwich 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 Britain’s streets and parks. Alongside these breeds will be some of the more well-known breeds such as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Border Collie, Irish Setter, Whippet, Labrador Retriever, Boxer, Poodle, Dachshund and Pug.
In addition to breed judging, the show is holding Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme bronze award obedience testing, 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.
Angela Cavill, secretary of the show, said: “We are very proud that our event is among the largest dog shows held in the UK. Being located so near to London, it 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 many 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 2nd June will see the Toy and Hound breeds competing, followed by the Working, Pastoral and Terrier breeds on Saturday 3rd and the Utility and Gundog breeds on Sunday 4th. 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, as is car parking. Visitors can bring dogs to the show with them for an entry fee of £10 payable at the secretary’s office where a form must be signed to say the dog will be kept on a lead and under control at all times.