Dog Showing

Dog Showing
The most popular form of canine competition in this country is the dog show - the contest for Kennel Club registered pure-bred dogs, such as those seen at Crufts.
Exhibitors' Show Regulation FAQs
Show Regulations FAQs for Exhibitors
Registered clubs and societies
The Kennel Club registers clubs and societies which can represent particular breeds, disciplines or activities, either on a regional or national basis.
Breed Standards Information: Dog Breeds & Groups
A 'Breed Standard' is a picture in words that describes each breed of pedigree dog.
About Breed Standards
An article about breed Standards entitled 'Maintaining the Breed' by Frank Kane
Recognition of new breeds
The process for getting a new Breed recognised by the Kennel Club
Breeders' Competition
Have you bred three or more dogs of the same breed? Do you want to be amongst the very Best of British breeders at Crufts next year?
Competing with docked or cropped dogs in the UK
The term ‘docked’ includes dogs which have their tails shortened for medical reasons after the relevant dates
Competing in Europe
A UK exhibitors' guide to competing overseas
European Kennel Clubs
European Kennel Clubs
Competing at Dog Shows in the UK (inc. ATC)
The Rules regarding obtaining an Authority to Compete (ATC) number do not apply to exhibitors or competitors from Southern Ireland or the Channel Islands.
Changes to the Pet Travel Scheme
Changes to the Pet Travel Scheme (from 1 January 2012)
Ringcraft classes
Ringcraft clubs are usually very sociable, where groups of like-minded people meet on a regular basis and get great enjoyment from training their dogs.
Classifications of Dog Shows
There are a number of categories and grades of dog shows, and the jargon that is used to describe them can be somewhat bewildering for anyone new to dog showing.
At a dog show
One of the delights of dog showing is watching the judging, and most exhibitors take a keen interest in what the judge is doing.
Entering a dog show
How to enter a dog show. Once you have decided which show you would like to take part in you will need to contact the secretary of the show and obtain a copy of the schedule.
New to Dog Showing?
This section contains information for those new to Dog Showing, including how to get started and how to compete in Dog Showing.
Already involved in Dog Showing?
This section contains information for those already involved in Dog Showing, including how to run clubs and shows and information for Secretaries.
Traditionally docked breeds
A list of traditionally docked breeds of dog
Docking Q & A for Breeders
Questions and answers about Docking relating to breeders
Docking Q and A for show organisers
Questions and answers about Docking relating to judges and show organisers
Obedience Liaison Council Representatives
Obedience Liaison Council Representatives
The Kennel Club is responsible for the approval of Championship Show Judges, of which there are in excess of 10,000 approved in the UK.
Looking for advice on dog showing issues? Want to know which Stud Book Band your breed is in? Got a query about Junior Warrants? This section provides all the advice dog show exhibitors need.
History of the Kennel Club
The Kennel Club was founded on 4th April 1873 by S.E. Shirley and twelve other gentlemen. They wanted to have a consistent set of rules for governing the popular new activities of dog showing and field trials
Thousands of dogs to Descend on Guildford for Championship Dog Show
Around 7,000 dogs from almost 150 breeds will be descending on Guildford next weekend (Friday 6th – Sunday 8th September), as the Richmond Championship Dog Show Society holds its annual Championship Dog Show at Loseley Park.
Kennel Club Changes Policies For First Time CC Judges And Appeals For Non-Approved CC Judges
The Kennel Club General Committee has altered its policies on the consideration of appeals against non-approval to award Challenge Certificates and the process of evaluations for first time CC judges
Hungarian Vizsla Becomes First Dual Champion In Breed
Dual Champion Bitcon Gold Coast at Northey JW, owned by Christine and Andrew McDonald, from Mundon, near Maldon in Essex, has become the first Hungarian Vizsla to receive Dual Champion status, for both his field trial and showing abilities.
Crufts 2014 Schedule Availability
Printed copies of the schedule for Crufts 2014 are available upon request from the Kennel Club, by post, subject to availability. To receive a copy of the schedule, please send an A5 stamped addressed envelope to the value of £1.20 for first class or £1.10 for second class post to the Crufts Office, The Kennel Club, 1 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, W1J 8AB.
Judging Policy Changed By Kennel Club To Benefit Show Societies
The Kennel Club has altered its policy regarding the maximum number of breeds that should be judged by one person in one day.
Thousands Of Dog Lovers Descend On Stafford For Last Chance To Qualify For Crufts
Thousands of dog lovers are set to descend on Stafford next weekend, for one last chance to qualify their four legged friends for the world’s largest dog show, Crufts, as Manchester Dog Show Society holds its annual championship dog show at the Staffordshire County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford from 16th – 19th January.
Scotland’s Native Breeds To Compete In Edinburgh Dog Show
Over 700 dogs from 12 native Scottish breeds will be descending on Edinburgh at the weekend, as the Scottish Breeds Canine Club holds its annual General Championship Dog Show at the Royal Highland Exhibition Hall in Ingliston on Saturday 29th March 2014.
Kent German Wirehaird Pointer First In UK Breed History To Become Dual Champion
A four year old German Wirehaired Pointer from Sevenoaks in Kent has become the first in the breed to be recognised by the Kennel Club as a Dual Champion, both for her talents as a working gundog and a show dog.
Meet The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Team At Midland Counties
Dog breeders will have the chance to meet representatives of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS) at Midland Counties show from October 23-26 at New Bingley Hall, County Showground, Stafford, and ask them any questions they may have.
Kennel Club Introduces New Challenge Certificate Policy For Championship Shows
The Kennel Club has announced the first policy change to result from the work of its Dog Show Promotion Working Party, which is looking into ways to improve and increase the popularity of dog shows.
Ten Finalists Chosen For Crufts Junior Warrant Final
The Junior Warrant Winner of the Year competition semi-finals took place this weekend at Discover Dogs, with 53 top young dogs competing for just ten places in the final, which will be held at Crufts 2015.
Kennel Club Announces Two Year Suspension Of AV Stakes Classes & Unbeaten Dog Regulations
The Kennel Club has announced a two year suspension to the regulations which stipulate that dogs must be entered and exhibited in a breed class before exhibiting in an Any Variety Class/Stakes Class, and the regulation that only unbeaten dogs are eligible to compete in a group or best in show competition.
Vulnerable Breeds Competition To Be Launched In 2015
The Kennel Club is launching a new competition for dog show exhibitors who show vulnerable British & Irish breeds, to raise awareness of these breeds and to recognise those who are dedicated to their survival and prosperity.
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.
Meet 10,000 Dogs In Birmingham in December
More than 10,000 dogs from 158 breeds will be descending on Birmingham on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December as the Ladies Kennel Association (LKA) holds its popular Championship Dog Show at the NEC.
Last Chance To Enter Final Ever Breeders’ Competition At Crufts
With less than two weeks left to secure a place in the Main Arena at Crufts 2015, this weekend’s LKA show was the final General Championship show of the year for breeders to qualify for the last ever Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition Final.
Last Chance To Complete Online Entries For Crufts 2015
The Kennel Club would like to remind exhibitors of dogs qualified for Crufts 2015 that the deadline for online entries is midnight on Monday, 19th January 2015.
Dogue De Bordeaux Given Championship Status
At its meeting on 6th January 2015, the Kennel Club General Committee agreed to allocate Championship status to the Dogue de Bordeaux from 2016
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.
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
New Six All Breed Champ Shows
The Kennel Club General Committee has approved a recommendation from the Dog Show Promotion Working Party to introduce an additional six new all-breed championship shows, on a three year trial basis, which will take effect from 2019.
Handling of Dogs at Shows
The Kennel Club wishes to remind exhibitors of policies regarding the handling of dogs whilst in the show ring, particularly in relation to the moving of dogs around the ring. Read more.
Judges Competency Framework
Judges Competency Framework
Premier Open Shows
Premier Open Shows
Thousands of canines head to Stafford for huge dog show with over 200 breeds
British and Irish native dog breeds, including some very rare ones, will be among the 10,000 plus dogs which will descend on Staffordshire County Showground in Stafford from 10th – 13th May for the popular Birmingham National Championship Dog Show.
Trouble from Blackpool wins one of Britain’s largest dog shows
A dog named Trouble, owned by Lisa Nelson of Blackpool, has won Best in Show at the prestigious Three Counties Championship Dog Show in Worcestershire.
Magic Mike from Wallingford is Britain’s top show dog so far for 2018
A dog named Magic Mike, who lives with Sara Robertson in Wallingford, Oxfordshire has won Best in Show at the prestigious Border Union championship dog show in Kelso in the Scottish Borders, securing his position as the top show dog of all breeds for 2018 at the halfway stage.
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