Crufts 2012 qualifiers come to Malvern

Dog lovers are invited to come along to enjoy the experience of seeing over 2,600 dogs and their owners as they take part in the National Gundog Association Championship Dog Show this weekend at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern.

31 breeds will compete at the show on Saturday 6th August for the ultimate 'Best in Show' prize and for a chance to compete at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts.

Crufts qualifier
The National Gundog Association 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.

The show is set to be a great success as Chris Bexon, Show Secretary, explains: “The show is set in one of the finest venues in the country and offers a wide range of facilities. The showground nestles at the foot of the Malvern Hills, which provides a dramatic backdrop to the show. Visitors to the show will enjoy seeing firm family favourites such as Labradors as well as rarer breeds like the Spanish Water Dog.”

Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme
Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme (GCDS) classes are scheduled in each breed, and these are open to all GCDS Bronze Achievers (as of show closing date). The Scheme has donated a rosette for the dog and bitch class winners in each breed. An Any Variety Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme Stakes classwill be held, and is also open to all GCDS Bronze achievers (as of show closing date) and offers prize money of 1st £50, 2nd £25, 3rd £10 and 4th £5.

GCDS Bronze Award testing 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.

Entry to the show is free and visitors can even bring along their own dog, provided that they visit the Secretary’s office and book the dog in on arrival, for a small fee. Dogs must not be left in cars at the show and the show organisers emphasise that any dogs found at risk in cars may lead to forcible entry to the vehicle without liability for damaged caused.

2nd August 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