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Overseas Qualifying Shows

The Kennel Club has liaised with overseas Kennel Clubs and nominated specific awards at particular Shows in each of the overseas countries entitled to take part in the UK PETS Travel Scheme, as qualification for Crufts 2015.

The qualifying dogs will be the winners of the following classes:

Therefore, four dogs of each breed will qualify for Crufts 2015 at each nominated Show. This will apply to Kennel Club recognised breeds only

The Kennel Club for each country has been contacted to nominate up to two major shows as their representative Show. Qualification for Crufts is not limited to residents of the particular country therefore a dog not qualifying at its own National Show could endeavour to qualify at a Show in another country.

PLEASE NOTE:  Crufts exhibitors must ensure that their dogs fully comply with the requirements of the UK Pet Travel Scheme.  In the case of dogs being brought from some countries, this will involve a process which can take a number of months to complete prior to travel to the UK and Crufts.


Overseas Qualifying Shows in 2015 for Crufts 2016

Country Show Location Date
Sweden My Dog 2 Gothenburg 4th & 6th January 2015
Portugal 80th Norte International Dog Show (Mediterranean Winner 2015) Porto 17th January 2015
Slovenia CACIB Ljubljana II 2015 Ljubljana 18th January 2015
Croatia International Dog Show Rijeka 7th February 2015
Czech Republic International Dog Show Brno 7th February 2015
Moldova International CACIB Show Chisinau City 7th & 8th February 2015
Spain International Dog Show Zaragoza 8th February 2015
Netherlands Benelux Winner Show Groningen 28th Feb  - 1st Mar 2015
Italy International Dog Show Reggio Emillia 15th March 2015
France Championship Show Montlucon 15th March 2015
Latvia CACIB International Show Riga 21st March 2015
Russia Eurasia 2015 Moscow 21st - 22nd March 2015
Belgium CACIB Show Antwerpen 18th & 19th April 2015
Denmark Dansk Kennel Klub international CACIB show  Roskilde 26th April 2015
France Championship Show Dijon 5th & 6th May 2015
Azerbaijan The Land of Fire 2015 Baku 7th - 10th May 2015
Germany VDH - Europassieger Ausstellung Dortmund 8th - 10th May 2015
Switzerland (CACIB) IHA-Kreuzlingen International Show Kreuzlingen 16th & 17th May 2015
San Marino 2015 International Dog Show San Marino 23rd & 24th May 2015
Spain International Spring Dog Show Madrid 23rd & 24th May 2015
Estonia Estonian Winner 2015 Tallinn 30th & 31st May 2015
Austria International Dog Show Klagenfurt 6th June 2015
Belarus MINSK 2015 Minsk 6th June 2015
Norway International Show Drammen 6th & 7th June 2015
Belarus SUMMER OF BELARUS 2015 Minsk 7th June 2015
Slovakia International CACIB Show Nitra 7th June 2015
Romania Bucur Trophy Bucharest 20th June 2015
Denmark Dansk Kennel Klub international CACIB show  Vejen 21st June 2015
Bulgaria CACIB Show Varna Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort 23rd June 2015
Bulgaria CACIB Show Varna Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort 27th June 2015
Italy ENCI Torino 5th July 2015
Portugal 124th Lisboa International Dog Show (Lisboa Winner 2015)  Lisboa 10th July 2015
Poland International Dog Show Warszawa 11th - 12th July 2015
Bulgaria CACIB Show Varna Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort 18th July 2015
Bulgaria CACIB Show Varna Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort 25th July 2015
Turkey A Mid Summers Night Dream Show Istanbul 25th & 26th July 2015
Estonia Baltic Winner 2015 Tallinn 22nd & 23rd August 2015
Turkey International Dog Show Istanbul 29th & 30th August 2015
Czech Republic International Dog Show Mlada Boleslav 29th & 30th August 2015
Romania Dracula Dog Show Targu Mures 12th Sept 2015
Austria Bundessieger Ausstellung Tulln 26th September 2015
Gibraltar Gibraltar International Dog Show Gibraltar 19th - 20th September 2015
Moldova International CACIB Show Chisinau City 26th & 27th September 2015
Slovenia CACIB Lipica II 2015 Lipica 4th October 2015
Azerbaijan Caspian Sea Winner 2015 Baku 16th - 18th October 2015
Germany Bundessieger-Ausstellung Dortmund 16th - 18th October 2015
Slovakia International CACIB Show Bratislava 25th October 2015
Russia Russia 2015 Moscow 31st October - 1st November 2015
Malta The Maltese National Canine Federation Annual Championship Show Cottonera Sports Complex 7th & 8th November 2015
Poland International Dog Show - Poland Winner 2015 Poznan 8th November 2015
Latvia International CACIB Show Riga 15th November 2015
Switzerland (CACIB) IHA-Geneva International Show Geneva 21st & 22nd November 2015
Croatia International Dog Show Zagreb 28th November 2015
San Marino 2015 San Marino International Dog Show San Marino 5th & 6th December 2015
Finland Finnish Winner Show Helsinki 6th December
Sweden Stockholm Hundmassa (Nordic Winner) Stockholm 12th & 13th December 2015
Netherlands Amsterdam Winner Show Amsterdam 12th & 13th December 2015
Belgium CACIB Show Brussels 19th & 20th December 2015

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N.B. Dogs with cropped ears are NOT eligible to compete at any Kennel Club licensed event.


Class Eligibility

Kennel Club regulations for the preparation of dogs for exhibition in the UK (Regulations as published by the Kennel Club in the Year Book 2006/2007)

It is the exhibitors’ responsibility to make themselves aware of the Rules and Regulations that appear in the show schedule. In particular, they should be aware that:

No substance which alters the natural colour, texture or body of the coat may be present in the dog's coat for any purpose at any time during the show.

Any other substance (other than water) which may be used in the preparation of a dog for exhibition must not be allowed to remain in the coat or on any other part of the dog at the time of exhibition.

No act or operation which alters the natural conformation of a dog or any part thereof may be performed except:

a) Operations certified to the satisfaction of the General Committee of the Kennel Club

b) The removal of dew claws of any breed

c) The shortening of tails of customarily docked breeds but only up to an acceptable age limit which shall be prescribed from time to time

d) Operations to prevent breeding provided that such operations are notified to the Kennel Club before neutered dogs are shown.

Nor must anything be done calculated in the opinion of the General Committee to deceive:

The General Committee of the Kennel Club without previous notice, may order an examination of any dog or dogs at any show. Any examination thus ordered will be made by a person having executive authority who shall have a written directive from the Kennel Club in their possession. Samples may be taken for further examination and analysis.

An individual has the right to lodge an objection to a dog only if he/she is the owner or handler of a dog competing in the same breed or class. An objection may, however, be lodged by an official of the show or by
anyone so deputed by the Kennel Club.

Rules and regulations for the exhibition of dogs in the UK

A - 1) Dogs must be present on their benches at all times except:

2) Dogs may be removed from their benches by order of the Veterinary Surgeon, Veterinary Practitioner or Show Management

B - Preparation of exhibits should generally take place on benches or in the area provided by the Show Society.

C - Except when securely benched or caged, all dogs must be on a lead for the duration of the show (including in the exercising area), except when competing in the ring in an Obedience Class or Agility Test, or taking part in a demonstration.

D - Cages, grooming tables and trolleys are not allowed at the ringside.

E - Obstruction of the gangways/walkways is prohibited.

F- No dog shall be allowed in a judging ring other than actual exhibits in the class being judged.

G - Printed awards may not be displayed in the ring except when judging is taking place for Groups and Best in Show. Nothing may be carried, worn or displayed by a handler or a dog in the ring which is capable of indicating the identity of the exhibit, owner or company which might be sponsoring that handler or dog. Nor must anything be said or any action be taken which identifies the exhibit other than by exhibit number.

H - The attracting of the attention of exhibits by any method from outside the ring is prohibited.

I - Every exhibitor must ensure that whilst the dog is being exhibited, its handler shall display the correct ring number.

Class Definition

Class definitions are included in the show schedule and exhibitors should make themselves aware for which class their dog is eligible.

Champions from a country with which the Kennel Club has a reciprocal agreement are eligible to enter the following:

Open Class

AV Champion Class (Stakes)

Age restricted Class (Special Puppy, Special Junior and Yearling)

Junior Champions are not recognised by the Kennel Club and therefore, when entering please do not put ‘Ch’ before the dog’s name.

Overseas wins:

A five point Green Star or above is equivalent to winning a Challenge Certificate in the UK and should be counted as such.

A CACIB is equivalent to winning a Challenge Certificate in the UK and should be counted as such.

A CAC is equivalent to winning a Challenge Certificate in the UK and should be counted as such.

Any points won that count towards the title of Champion, under the rules of any governing body recognised by the Kennel Club must be included when deciding class eligibility.

For example, under the American Kennel Club system, three point and five point major wins are equivalent to a Challenge Certificate.

Dogs in Vehicles

Appropriate action will be taken immediately in the event of dogs being left in vehicles and found to be in a distressed condition.