- Over 200 pedigree breeds on show
- More than 9,000 dogs will compete over four 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
- Over 60 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 9,000 dogs which will descend on Home Park, Windsor from 29th June – 2nd July for the popular Windsor Championship Dog Show – the largest event of its kind in the South of England and among 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 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 Irish Red & White Setter, Smooth Fox Terrier, Bloodhound, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Lancashire Heeler, Welsh Terrier, Mastiff, Cardigan Corgi, Field Spaniel and Manchester 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, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 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. Expert members of the Kennel Club will also be present to help with any enquiries which visitors may have.
Irene Terry, secretary of the show, said: “Ours is the largest dog show in the South of England as well as one of the biggest in the UK and naturally we are very proud of that fact. With Windsor Castle as a backdrop, the show is very popular with summer holidaymakers and brings thousands of dog lovers to the area each year, including many from overseas. 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. Thursday 29th June will see the Gundog breeds competing, followed by the Hound and Toy breeds on Friday 30th, the Utility and Terrier breeds on Saturday 1st July and the Working and Pastoral breeds on Sunday 2nd. 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 and car parking costs £10. The public can bring ‘spectator dogs’ with them to the show, for a fee of £7.50, 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 four months of age.
With over 60 trade stands and quality food vendors, there is lots going on both inside and outside the show rings. To find out more, visit www.windsordogshow.org.uk/. More information on dog showing, and any other activity dog owners can get involved in with their dogs, can be found at the Kennel Club website.