Meet Nearly 2,000 Dogs In Stafford At December Show

Nearly 2,000 dogs from 26 breeds will be descending on Stafford on Saturday 6 December as the British Utility Breeds Association (BUBA) holds its 43rd Championship Dog Show at Staffordshire County Showground.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes from across the country will be competing for the ultimate 'Best in Show' prize, and for the chance to qualify for the world's greatest dog show, Crufts, to be held next March in Birmingham.

The BUBA show is exclusively for dogs from the Utility group, which consists of breeds that have been bred to perform a specific function not included in the sporting and working categories of dog, and some of the breeds listed in the group are the oldest documented breeds of dog in the world.

The show is perfect for families researching the right breed of dog for them, and visitors will be able to meet well-known breeds such as the Dalmatian, French Bulldog and Poodle, as well as some of the lesser known breeds such as the Canaan Dog and the German Spitz.  Visitors will also be able to speak to experts about caring for these breeds, watch the dogs competing in various classes, hoping to impress the judges who are looking for fit, healthy and happy dogs that are good examples of their breed, and find out more about what is involved in a championship dog show.

Meg Purnell-Carpenter, Show Secretary, said: "The show will be a great opportunity to find out more about Utility breeds and what makes them so wonderful, and we would encourage dog lovers in the Stafford area to stop by and experience the buzz of a championship dog show.

"Over the past eighteen months, two breeds, Eurasiers and Kooikerhondjes, have joined the Utility group, with Kooikerhondjes competing at the show for the very first time this year, so we are very excited to see them compete.

"We will have someone on hand at the show giving information and advice to newcomers to dog showing, so visitors can find out more about the activity and see if it is something that they might enjoy doing with their dog.  The show is one of the last championship shows before Christmas and we always make it very festive so there is a lovely atmosphere at the show ground to get people in the Christmas spirit."

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.

Car parking and entrance to the show for visitors is free.  Unless entered in competition, dogs should not be brought into the show.

To find out more about dog showing, or any of the Kennel Club's activities, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk.

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