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Crufts 2012 qualifiers come to Powys

Dog lovers are invited to come along to enjoy the experience of seeing nearly 6,000 dogs entered in the 75th South Wales Kennel Association Championship Dog Show this weekend at the Royal Welsh Showground, Powys.

Over 160 different breeds of pedigree dog will compete from 7th - 9th October for the ultimate ‘Best in Show’ prize and for a chance to take part in the world’s largest dog show, Crufts.

The show is one of 37 General Championship Dog Shows licensed by the Kennel Club throughout the year which enable dogs to qualify for Crufts.

Each day will host different breeds of pedigree dog, which are divided into seven groups. On Friday 7th October, visitors can see the Toy and Gundog breeds, followed by the Working and Utility breeds on Saturday 8th October before the Pastoral, Hound, and Terrier breeds round off the show on Sunday 9th October. The seven group winners will then compete for the prestigious Best in Show award at the nail-biting climax of the show on Sunday. To find out which group your favourite breed is in, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/breedhealth.
South Wales Kennel Association show secretary Bridget Croucher said “This is a great day out for all as we have so much going on. As well as the championship dog show itself, there will also be lots of trade stands where visitors can find a variety of new products for their canine companions as well as themselves, and there will be plenty of food stalls around to keep the family going all day long.”

All visitors are welcome free of charge and parking is free. Strictly no dogs are to be left in cars. 

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Notes to Editors
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.

10/4/2011