Crufts 2012 qualifiers come to Blackpool

Dog lovers are invited to come along to enjoy the experience of seeing over 8,000 dogs and their owners as they take part in the Blackpool and District Canine Society Championship Dog Show this weekend at Crown Fields, Westby Road, Westby, Blackpool.

Over 170 breeds will compete for the ultimate 'Best in Show' prize and for a chance to compete at 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.

Show schedule
Each day will host different breeds of pedigree dog, which are divided into seven groups. On Friday 24th June, visitors can see the Terrier, Utility and Toy groups being judged, followed by the Hound and Gundog groups on Saturday 25th June and the Working and Pastoral Groups on Sunday 26th June. The seven group winners will then compete for the prestigious Best in Show award at the climax of the show on Sunday evening. To find out which group your favourite breed is in, please visit

Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme
Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme Bronze Awardtesting sessions will be open to show exhibitors and held throughout each day at a dedicated area within the showground. A fee of £2 per dog will be charged, and this will be donated to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. There is no need to pre-book but handlers must bring with them a poop scoop bag, their dog’s grooming equipment and ensure their dog is wearing a collar and lead with the name and address of the owner written on it.

Steve Hall, Secretary of the Blackpool and District Canine Society said: “The show is superb and attracts people from all over. All the exhibitors love Blackpool, and the fact that we have so many dogs entered when there is a recession on speaks volumes for the event. Entry is free so it makes a great day out for all of the family.”

Get involved
Entry to the Blackpool and District Canine Society Championship Dog Show is free and car parking is just £10 per car for the full event. Dogs must not be left in cars and a tent has been set up for non-competing dogs, which will be run by Myerscough College.

22nd June 2011
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The Kennel Club Press Office
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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