Meet 10,000 Dogs In Stafford At May Show

More than 10,000 dogs from over 190 breeds will be descending on Stafford from 7th - 10th May as the popular Birmingham National Championship Dog Show returns to the 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, held at the NEC in Birmingham next March.

Competition classes are held across the seven pedigree dog groups.  Thursday 7th May will see the Working and Pastoral breeds competing, followed by the Utility and Toy groups on Friday 8th, Hound and Terrier groups on Saturday 9th and the Gundog group on Sunday 10th.  Sunday also sees the climax of the competition - Best in Show.

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 Labrador, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Chihuahua, as well as some of the lesser known native British breeds that are considered to be vulnerable because of their low numbers, such as the Otterhound, Curly Coated Retriever and Skye Terrier. 

Visitors to the show will be able to speak to experts about caring for different 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.

This year, for the first time, there will be a competition to celebrate older dogs, with awards for Best Veteran in Breed, Best Veteran in Group and Best Veteran in Show, and there will be a ring dedicated to providing demonstrations of training exercises from the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme - the largest dog training programme in the UK.

Jennie Griffiths, Secretary of Birmingham National Championship Dog Show, said: "The show is one of the biggest gatherings of dogs in Staffordshire and is a great place to explore, whether you are simply a dog lover who just wants to get your fix of man's best friend, or a dog owner looking to get involved in a fun activity with your pet.

"We have many trade stands offering a wide range of goods at the show, both doggy and human, so there will be plenty of opportunity for a bit of retail therapy if you get tired of meeting the dogs.

"Parking is free and there is no charge for visitors, so the show is ideal for a fun and free day out, especially for individuals or families who are researching which breed of dog might be right for them."

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.

The show is open from 8am each day and competitions start at 9am.

The show cannot accept 'spectator dogs' so unless entered into the show, pets should be left at home.

More information on the show can be found at To find out more about dog showing, or any other activity dog owners can get involved in with their dogs, visit

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