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Crufts 2012 qualifiers come to Belfast

Dog lovers are invited to come along to enjoy the experience of seeing over 2,100 dogs and their owners as they take part in the Belfast Dog Show Society Championship Dog Show this weekend at the Kings Hall Complex, Lisburn Road, Belfast.

More than 130 breeds of pedigree dog will compete for the ultimate 'Best in Show' prize and for a chance to compete at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts.

The Belfast Dog Show Society 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.

Each day will host different breeds of pedigree dog, which are divided into seven groups. On Saturday 24th September, visitors can see the Hound, Gundog and Terrier groups being judged, followed by the Utility, Pastoral, Working, and Toy groups on Sunday 28th August. The seven group winners will then compete for the prestigious Best in Show award at the climax of the show on Sunday. To find out which group your favourite breed is in, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/breedhealth.

Dog lovers of all ages and interests will be catered for at the show, and will get a chance to talk to canine enthusiasts about different breeds – so the event will make a fantastic day out for anyone thinking about getting a dog and wanting to know more about a specific breed. There are a range of fun activities for children at the show and visitors can get to see dogs taking part in Obedience and the energetic dog sport, Agility.

Belfast Dog Show Society Secretary, Alexa Brown, said “Each year the show attracts visitors from all across the UK and Ireland, as well as Europe. It is a popular day out and we offer a range of activities for the whole family, as well as a good deal of trade stands, selling everything from dog bedding and toys to sweets and clothing – for both dogs and their owners!”

Admission is £10 per car and for visitors on foot is £3 for adults and £2 for children and senior citizens.

Dogs should not be left in cars at the show.

For more information about the show please visit www.belfastdogshowsociety.org.

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20th September 2011

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The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.

It runs the country’s largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is the UK’s largest reunification service for microchipped animals. The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is the only scheme in the UK that monitors and sets standards for breeders, in order to protect the welfare of puppies and breeding bitches. It also runs the UK’s largest dog training programme, the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme and licenses shows and clubs across a wide range of activities, which help dog owners to bond and enjoy life with their dogs. The Kennel Club runs the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, and the Discover Dogs event at Earls Court, London, which is a fun family day out that educates people about how to buy responsibly and care for their dog.

The Kennel Club invests the money that it makes from registrations and its Petlog identification database into its dog training and education programmes, welfare campaigns and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports dog welfare charities and research into dog diseases. The Kennel Club jointly runs health screening schemes with the British Veterinary Association and funds the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, which is at the forefront of pioneering research into dog health.

9/21/2011