Here at Buddies, we know the weird and wonderful world of dog shows fairly well. We wanted to give a brief introduction to dog shows and also catch up with the winner of our last ‘Buddies Yearling Stakes Grand Final’.
Dog showing is hugely popular in this country and is a great way to showcase your dog.
In order to compete at most dog shows, your dog must be a pedigree breed. A show will see dogs compete against each other in line with breed standards to win prizes, awards and titles.
There are different levels of dog shows to suit all exhibitors.
Challenge shows allow you to compete in a range of classes to eventually go on to win CC’s (Challenge Certificates) and perhaps even secure a place at Crufts.
Each show will have a range of classes that you can enter. A Championship show can have hundreds of classes, which can make it quite confusing for a show newbie.
First, look to see if your breed has a listing, if it has, this should be your first entry.
Then, look at the classes available for the age of a dog.
There could be:
Minor puppy 6 – 9 months
Puppy 6 – 12 months
Junior 6 – 18 months
Yearling 12 – 24 months
Veteran over 7 years
You can enter any of the classes that your dog falls under, however don’t get too carried away. If your dog is 12 months old, entering a yearling class could mean they are competing against 24-month-old dogs with more show experience. Pick your classes wisely.
We found a handy glossary of dog show terms here. If you have questions, there are lots of open Facebook groups out there for specific shows and breeds with knowledgeable folk happy to help.
If all these seems a little intimidating, many villages throughout the UK host ‘just for fun’ dog shows where all breeds are welcome. This may be a good way to ease yourself in to the show world.
Some of you may have been following the ‘Buddies Yearling Stakes’, where we host classes at shows throughout the UK in order to find qualifiers for our grand finale. We recently checked in with last year’s winner, Bullmastiff Noah, to find out how he has been getting on at shows this year.
‘Noah is the current Top Bullmastiff in the UK and has won best of Breed at four championship shows. He has also won 2 Group 3s. He is doing super!’ Says owner Dan.
The next show Buddies will be attending is the ‘Gundog Championship show’ on Sunday 5th August at Three Counties Showground in Malvern, Worcestershire. Be sure to check our blog the following week to see who qualified.