Crufts 2012 Qualifiers come to Bath

Best in Show
Over 170 breeds will compete from 27th to 30th May for the ultimate 'Best in Show' prize and for a chance to take part in the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts.

The 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 Friday 27th May, visitors can see the Terrier and Toy groups being judged, followed by the Gundog group on Saturday and the Working and Pastoral groups on Sunday before the Hound and Utility groups take place on the Monday. The seven group winners will then compete for the prestigious Best in Show award at the climax of the show on Monday. To find out which group your favourite breed is in, please visit

Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme
Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme testing will be held throughout each day, and spectators are invited to bring along their dogs on the day to take part, with no need to pre-book. Anyone wishing to have their dog tested must remember to bring a poop scoop bag, their dog’s basic grooming equipment and ensure that their dog is wearing a collar and lead with the name and address of the owner on it. A fee of £2 per dog will be charged, with all money donated to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.

Get involved
Any Variety Good Citizen Dog Scheme Stakes will also be held each day. The Stakes are open to all GCDS Bronze Achievers (as of show closing date) and the prize money is 1st £50, 2nd £25, 3rd £10 and 4th £5.

Dog lovers of all ages are welcome and young dog lovers will particularly be in their element at the show with Young Kennel Club Stakes classes taking place.

Bath Canine Society Secretary, Ben Ford said: “Bath Canine Society held its first dog show in the Wells Road in Bath in 1877 and received an entry of 562 dogs. About 60 years later the Society held its first Championship Show.

“We are now one of the premier Championship shows, with the event located within our own grounds in the most beautiful of settings among the surrounding hills above Bath. Now in our 133rd year, we strive to uphold the traditions and standards our predecessors laid down so long ago, and thus, ensure the future of Bath Canine Society.”

There will be a dog crèche at the entrance of the show for all non-competing dogs. The area is run by the Boxer Rescue Society and all proceeds will go directly to them. Entry and car parking is free making it the perfect day out for the whole family. Strictly no dogs are to be left in cars.

24th May 2011
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The Kennel Club Press Office
020 7518 1008

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Notes to Editors:
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme is the largest dog training programme in the UK and encourages dog owners to recognise the responsibilities they have in owning a dog. The scheme incorporates all aspects of domestic dog ownership, including general health care, grooming, basic obedience and control exercises.

Over 2,000 training organisations participate in the scheme, which in turn has produced over 350,000 proud recipients of Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme awards.

For more information and a full list of shows hosting these events, please contact the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme 020 7518 1011 or visit the website