Reserve Challenge Certificates to count towards the title of a Champion/Show Champion

The Kennel Club is pleased to announce that, following the May Board meeting, it has been decided that dogs which win two Challenge Certificates (CCs) in addition to five Reserve Challenge Certificates (RCCs) will gain the title of Champion/Show Champion, effective from 1 July 2023.

This decision has been taken following extensive consultation by The Kennel Club Shows Liaison Council formed of representatives from within the show scene and further supported by the Show Executive Committee and The Kennel Club Board.

This will mean that from 1 July 2023, in order to gain the title of Champion, dogs will either need to be;

  • Awarded three CCs under three different judges, one of which when the dog is over 12 months of age, or
  • Awarded 2 CCs, with one being awarded when the dog is over 12 months of age, in addition to five RCCs awarded from 1 July 2023, with the awards coming from seven different judges

Helen Kerfoot, Chief Operations Officer (Canine Activities) said “I am delighted to be able to announce this change which takes effect from 1 July, which recognises RCCs contributing to the title of Champion/Show Champion. I would like to thank the committee for the hard work that has been carried out for this decision to be taken and hope this will be a positive change to the show scene.

“We acknowledge that there is still a backlog of awards which are being worked through as a priority. If, come July, an exhibitor is certain that a dog has the required awards to be granted the title of a Champion or Show Champion they will be permitted to enter as such using the title.”

For further queries please contact Society & Show Services .