Thousands of Canines Head to Builth Wells for Huge Dog Show

  • One of the largest dog shows in the UK
  • More than 5,000 dogs will compete over three days
  • The opportunity to meet rare and popular native Welsh breeds
  • Over 200 breeds in total
  • See children of all ages competing in their own handling competitions
  • Many trade stands selling all things ‘doggy’
  • Dogs welcome!

Welsh native dog breeds, both rare and popular, will be among the 5,000 plus dogs which will descend on the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, Powys from 6th - 8th October for the popular South Wales Kennel Association Championship Dog Show – one of the largest events of its kind in Wales 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 native Welsh breeds competing, such as the Cardigan Corgi, Welsh Springer Spaniel and Sealyham 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 Wales’ streets and parks. Alongside these breeds will be some of the more well-known Welsh breeds such as the Pembroke Corgi and Welsh Terrier.

In addition to breed judging, the show is holding Young Kennel Club and Junior Handling Association competitions where children of all ages are judged on their handling abilities, 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.

Bridget Croucher, secretary of the show, said: “Ours is one of the largest dog shows in Wales as well the UK and naturally we are very proud of that fact. Being held in picturesque Builth Wells, 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.

“In addition to the main show, we will be holding a separate companion dog show on each day in aid of the Dogs for Good charity and the wonderful work they do for children. Both pedigree dogs and crossbreeds are welcome to compete and can simply enter on the day. We’re hoping to raise a large sum for this most worthwhile cause.”

Pedigree dog classes are held across the seven dog groups.  Friday 6th October will see the Toy and Hound breeds competing, followed by the Gundog and Utility breeds on Saturday 7th and the Working, Pastoral and Terrier breeds on Sunday 8th. 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.

Admission to the show is free, as is car parking. The public can bring ‘spectator dogs’ with them to the show, for a fee of £5, 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.

To find out more, visit Read more information on dog showing, and any other activity dog owners can get involved in with their dogs.