Crufts 2012 qualifiers come to Yorkshire

Dog lovers are invited to come along to enjoy the experience of seeing over 7,000 dogs entered in the Driffield Agricultural Society Championship Show at the Wetherby Racecourse in Wetherby, Yorkshire, at the weekend.

Over 130 different breeds of pedigree dog will compete from 29th September – 2nd 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, and is set to be fantastic day out for the whole family.

Each day will host different breeds of pedigree dog, which are divided into seven groups. On Thursday 29th September, visitors can see the Working and Pastoral groups being judged, followed by the Gundog breeds on Friday 30th September, Hound and Terrier groups on Saturday 1st October, and finally the Utility and Toy groups on Sunday 2nd October. 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 show will be a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in dogs to come along and see their favourite breeds in action, and the weekend attracts people from all across the country.

There will be plenty to see and do over the weekend, including a great range of trade stands to satisfy those looking for a little retail therapy, with dog bedding, treats, clothing, and giftware for both humans and their four-legged friends all being offered.   

Chris Bexon, Trade Stand Coordinator and Assistant to the Club Secretary, said, “This is a great opportunity for all the family to have a fun day out in a friendly atmosphere, where all dogs are happy, healthy and enjoying themselves.”

Visitors are able to bring along their own pet dogs, as long as it is over six months old, vaccinated and is booked in at the Secretary’s office on the day. Admission to the show is via a car park charge of £5 per car.  


28th September 2011
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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.