dfs Crufts Qualifiers come to Leeds

Dog lovers are invited to come along to enjoy the experience of seeing almost 9,200 dogs entered in the 60th Anniversary Leeds City & District Canine Association Championship Dog Show at Harewood House.

164 different breeds of pedigree dogs will compete from 23rd – 25th July for the ultimate ‘Best in Show’ prize and for a chance to take part in the world’s largest dog show, dfs Crufts.

The show is one of 38 General Championship Dog Shows licensed by the Kennel Club throughout the year which enable dogs to qualify for dfs Crufts.

This year, the Kennel Club will have a stand at the show, with staff on hand to answer any enquiries, and to help newcomers find out how they can get involved in dog showing. There will also be Young Kennel Club handling classes and YKC Special Stakes.

The Leeds City & District Canine Association Championship Dog Show is one of just six shows throughout the year with Pets As Therapy Stakes. These classes are for dogs belonging to owners who support Pets As Therapy in its work to provide animals which undertake therapeutic visits to people in hospitals, hospices and other care environments and the winner of each day’s heats also qualifies for a final at dfs Crufts.

Show Secretary, Mrs Liz Stannard said “We are pleased that our entry has remained very strong for our 60th Anniversary and we are obviously hoping for good weather. To celebrate our 60 successful years we are also offering special prizes to some lucky competitors.

“The grounds of Harewood House boast the largest habitat for red kites in England which adds an extra dimension to the show - we often find people looking up at the gorgeous birds of prey.”

The show promises to be an interesting and entertaining weekend for all, and admission is just £5 for adults and £4 for children and OAPs. Please note that only dogs entered in the show in advance are allowed on the showground, so please leave your pets at home.

8th July 2010
For further press information, images or interview requests please contact:
The Kennel Club Press Office
020 7518 1008