Dog shows

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.
Flyball
Flyball is a growing dog sport involving a team knockout competition. It’s fast, fun, exciting and has a dedicated following at Crufts, the world’s largest dog show
Dog show awards
The Junior Warrant is an award which a dog can achieve through winning certain awards at Open and Championship shows, when the dog is between 6 and 18 months of age
Junior Warrant Competition
This annual competition began in 1998, and is specifically for Junior Warrant winners to compete against each other for the coveted title of 'The Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of the Year' award.
Kennel Club Roadshow
The Kennel Club Roadshow travels around the whole of the UK, as well as some overseas venues to promote all of the work done by the Kennel Club
Heelwork to Music
Set to music, competitors devise routines of up to four minutes, and perform with their dog.
Heelwork to Music at Crufts
One of the highlights of a Heelwork to Music (HTM) competitor's career is the opportunity to compete in front of an audience of thousands at Crufts.
Getting Started in Heelwork to Music
Heelwork to Music at CruftsTo compete in Heelwork to Music, you will need to meet a couple of formal requirements; most importantly, though, you will need to have thoroughly trained your dog and prepared your Heelwork to Music or Freestyle routines.
Heelwork to Music competitions
Once you are ready to start competing, you can find details of Heelwork to Music Competitions by emailing the Kennel Club to request a list of Competition dates from clubsandtraining@thekennelclub.org.uk
Competing in Heelwork to Music and Freestyle
Once you have started training your dog and understand how Heelwork to Music works, you will want to think about entering a competition.
Heelwork to Music Competition Administration
Kennel Club registration of canine societies is not mandatory, although it offers many benefits in terms of eligibility to hold licensed events, access to Kennel Club information and services
Heelwork to Music Working Party
The Heelwork to Music Working Party acts as a channel of communication between the Kennel Club and those who compete in Heelwork to Music and Freestyle. Like the Liaison Councils for Agility, Obedience and Working Trials, the Working Party was set up to represent grass-roots opinion
Excellent Awards in Heelwork to Music and how to claim them
The Kennel Club has announced that it will now be issuing certificates for those dogs gaining their Heelwork to Music Excellent Awards, on application.
Championship Dog Shows
The Kennel Club licenses a range of Championship Dog Shows which cover all breeds and groups.
How to publicise your Championship Dog Show
Tips on how to publicise a Championship Show to generate media interest
Field Trial Championships
Field trials championships for Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels, Hunt, Point and Retrieve as well as Pointer and Setter Champion Stake
Field Trials Liaison Council
The Field Trials Liaison Council is an annual forum for the proposal and discussion of items generated directly from Field Trials Societies, Clubs and individuals.
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)
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.
Heelwork to Music Team GB
The Kennel Club has announced that it is hoping to send a British team to compete at the 2014 FCI World Championships in Heelwork to Music and Freestyle.
Next stages: Entering a Field Trial
When you have been a member of a Field Trial Society for some time and been attending training sessions and Gundog Working Tests, you will be advised when your dog is ready for competition
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.
Docking Q & A for Competitors
Questions and answers about Docking relating to competitors
Docking Q & A for Breeders
Questions and answers about Docking relating to breeders
Forthcoming Working Gundog Certificate days
Please note that Working Gundog Certificate days are not Breed Specific - any Gundog registered with the Kennel Club can take part.
Rally
Rally involves you and your dog working as a team to navigate a course with numbered signs indicating different exercises to perform.
New to Rally?
This section contains information for those new to Rally, including how to get started and how to compete in Rally.
Competing in Rally
Once you have started training your dog and understand how Rally works, you will want to think about entering a competition.
FAQs for identification of crates/cages
FAQs for identification of crates/cages
Cocker Spaniel Championship
The Kennel Club Cocker Spaniel Championship is held annually.
16th Hunt, Point and Retrieve Championship 2017
The 16th Hunt, Point and Retrieve Championship will take place at the Elveden Estate, Thetford, Norfolk on the 14th and 15th November 2017 by the kind invitation of Lord Iveagh.
Help Maintain The Future Of Dog Shows With Kennel Club Seminar
In its dedication to maintaining and developing the world of dog shows, the Kennel Club is holding a Show Management Seminar in conjunction with Manchester Championship Dog Show on Saturday 18th January 2014, in the Boden Room at Staffordshire County Showground.
Kennel Club Reminder On Judges’ Critiques
The Kennel Club would like to remind judges at Championship and Open breed club shows that a written critique for the first two placings in each class must be submitted to at least one of the weekly United Kingdom canine journals.
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.
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.
Cesky Terrier Given Championship Status
At its meeting on 6th January 2015, the Kennel Club General Committee agreed to allocate Championship status to the Cesky Terrier from 2017
Tens Of Thousands Of Dogs Get Set To Go To Crufts 2015
Almost 21,500 dogs will be heading to the NEC in Birmingham from 5th-8th March, to compete in some of the world’s most prestigious canine competitions at Crufts 2015.
Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme Announces New GCDS Supermatch
Winners of Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme (GCDS) Breed Classes in 2014 and 2015 will have a new opportunity to go ‘head to head’ against each other this year with the introduction of a prestigious new competition – the GCDS Supermatch – to be held at the Kennel Club Building at Stoneleigh on 29th November 2015.
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.
Kennel Club Updates Guidelines for Owners and Handlers Taking Part In Canine Activities
The Kennel Club has approved amendments to the ‘Guidelines for Owners and Handlers with Dogs Taking Part in Canine Activities’ (excluding breed shows and gundog events). Read more.
Entries on the Day and Proof of Posting
The Kennel Club wishes to remind exhibitors of its Proof of Posting (POP) policy. Read more.
Interview with Obedience Judges
The Kennel Club interviews Obedience judges Kim Innes, Nigel Slater and Krysia Wilenczyc. Read more.
Britain’s Rarest Breeds Head to Preston for the West Coast’s Largest Dog Show
Britain’s rarest dog breeds will be among the more than 7,000 dogs which will be descending on Redwood Park in Inskip, near Preston from 24th - 26th June for the popular Blackpool Championship Dog Show. Learn more.
The Incident Book at Events
The Kennel Club would like to remind clubs and societies of the importance of the accurate reporting of incidents occurring at shows using the incident book. Read more.
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