This annual competition began in 1998, and is specifically for Junior Warrant winners to compete against each other for the coveted title of 'The Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of the Year' award.
Each year, there is a series of qualifying heats at Open Shows held by General Canine Societies around the country, during June, July and August.
At each heat, three dogs and one reserve are selected by the judge and 64 dogs from the heats are then invited to the Semi Finals at Discover Dogs at ExCeL London. At Discover Dogs the dogs are exhibited in the main ring in two groups simultaneously and from this, the judges select the ten finalists to go on and compete at the Grand Final which is held at Crufts, the following March.
The Junior Warrant competition for 2020 has now been cancelled, this decision has been taken in light of the Government’s most recent announcement concerning the ongoing ‘lockdown’ situation during the pandemic and the Kennel Club’s advice recommending all shows, including heats, be cancelled until October.
The Junior Warrant competition will return in 2021 and will be open to all dogs that have gained their Junior Warrant between 1st June 2019 and 31st May 2021. More details of qualifying shows will follow in due course.
The results from the the vulnerable breeds competition are:
Winner - English Toy Terrier, Ch Witchstone Place Your Bets at Capledrae JW
Runner up - Newfoundland, Ch/OSW King Of Helluland Love Actually at Darebear JW ShCM
All dogs who gain their Junior Warrant between 1st June 2019 and 31st May 2020 are eligible for the competition. Due to the high number of entries that this competition attracts there will be a series of qualifying heats across the country held by General Canine Societies. From these heats up to 3 dogs will progress through to the Semi Final to be held at Discover Dogs in London in October 2019.
Out of the 64 dogs that make it to the Semi Final 10 will be chosen to go on to compete at the Grand Final held in the Main Arena at Crufts 2021.