dfs Crufts Qualifiers come to Wales

Dog lovers are invited to come along and enjoy the experience of seeing over 10.000 entries in the Welsh Kennel Club Championship Dog Show being held at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, Powys.

Over 175 different breeds of pedigree dogs will compete from 20 - 22 August 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.

Each day will host different breeds of pedigree dog, which are divided into seven groups. On Friday 20 August, visitors can see the Hound and Toy groups being judged, with the Terrier, Working and Pastoral groups on Saturday 21 August before the Gundog and Utility breeds round off the show on Sunday 22 August. 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 www.thekennelclub.org.uk/breedhealth.

Dog lovers of all ages will be in their element at the show, where the Young Kennel Club (YKC) will be hosting an Activity Weekend providing both new and experienced members with the opportunity to learn how to train their dogs and brush up their skills. Activities on offer include YKC Handling, the YKC Stakes and Junior Handling Association classes.

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.

Kennel Club seminars will also be taking place at the show, discussing Ring Stewarding, Conformation and Movement, Requirements of a Dog Show Judge and Hands on Assessment.

In addition, the Welsh Kennel Club is hosting the Sussex Spaniel International Event. This programme of events will take place over the WKC Show weekend culminating in the judging of Sussex Spaniels on Sunday 22 August.

Show Secretary, Ann Hill said “The showground attracts hundreds of caravans every year with exhibitors not only taking part in the show but also enjoying the delights of the Welsh countryside. A visit to the show is a fantastic day out for the whole family with breeds of dog to interest everyone.”

Entry to the show and car parking are free, but visitors are requested to leave their own dogs at home as non-competing dogs are not permitted into the event. Dogs must not be left in cars at the show.

3rd August 2010

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