Crufts 2012 Qualifiers come to Stafford

Following the success of last year’s 150th anniversary show, the popular Manchester Dog Show Society Championship dog show returns to the Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford next weekend.

Nearly 10,000 dogs will be at the show, which provides a fantastic opportunity for visitors to see 145 different breeds of pedigree dog competing from 19th – 22nd January 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 Group and General Championship Dog Shows licensed by the Kennel Club throughout the year which enable dogs to qualify for next year’s Crufts[1]. This year’s show takes place from 8th - 11th March 2012 at the NEC, Birmingham.

Each day will host different breeds of pedigree dog, which are divided into seven groups. On Thursday 19th January, visitors can see the Terrier and Hound groups being judged, followed by the Toy and Utility groups on Friday 20th and the Working and Pastoral groups on Saturday 21st, before the Gundog group takes place on Sunday 22nd. 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

The weekend is the perfect opportunity for the whole family to get to know the many different kinds of pedigree dogs and to speak to experts in the breeds, so the event is ideal for anyone interested in becoming a dog owner and wanting to find out more about a particular breed.  

Manchester Dog Show Society Secretary, Paul Harding said: “The show is a great showcase of thousands of healthy and happy dogs and is set to be a fantastic weekend.

“We are delighted to confirm that admission and car parking will, as in previous years, be free.”

17th January 2012

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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 in welfare campaigns and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports dog welfare charities and research into dog diseases and also into dog training and education programmes. The Kennel Club jointly runs health screening schemes with the British Veterinary Association and through the Charitable Trust, funds the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, which is at the forefront of pioneering research into dog health.