Meet 7,500 Dogs At Bath Show

More than 7,500 dogs from across 180 pedigree breeds will be descending on Bath from 22nd - 25th May as one of the country's largest dog shows, the popular Bath Championship Dog Show, returns to Three Shires Field, Bannerdown.

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.  Friday 22nd May will see the Toy and Terrier breeds competing, followed by the Gundog group on Saturday 23rd, Working and Pastoral groups on Sunday 24th and the Utility and Hound groups on Monday 25th.  Monday also sees the climax of the competition - Best in Show - which crowns the dog chosen overall as the best example of conformation, temperament and health. 

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 pedigree dog breeds, watch the dogs competing in various classes hoping to impress the judges, and find out more about what is involved in a championship dog show.  Dog owners can bring along their own pets as 'spectator dogs' and get advice from experts on care and exercise requirements and any other aspect of responsible dog ownership.

Ben Ford, Secretary of Bath Championship Dog Show, said: "The show is one of the biggest gatherings of dogs in the country and is a great place for any dog lover to explore.  Bath and the surrounding areas are home to many dog lovers so we hope they come along for the day and cheer on their favourite breeds.

"We have lots of trade stands at the show offering a wide range of goods, both doggy and human, so there will be plenty of opportunity for some retail therapy when not meeting the thousands of dogs that are competing at the show.

"There is no entry charge for visitors, so the event is perfect for a fun and free day out, especially for people 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.

Car parking costs £5.  Spectator dogs can be brought along to the show but owners must fill out the relevant paperwork to sign their dog into the event.

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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