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Dog Shows

show dogsFrom informal, fun events at the local village fete, to the prestige of Crufts, dog shows are a popular pass-time.

The smallest dog shows in the UK are the Companion Shows, where there are usually a few classes for pedigree dogs, and several "novelty" classes, such as waggiest tail and most handsome dog, these shows are open to any dog including crossbreeds and are usually held to support a charity or other good cause. 

Open Shows, are open only to dogs registered with the Kennel Club. There are many Open Shows that are held all around the country. At Open Shows the dog & handler can gain experience and confidence. The dog can gain points towards a Junior Warrant award or a Show Certificate of Merit. Limited Shows, are similar to Open Shows but limited to 75 classes and dogs which either hold a CC or any win that counts towards Champion status are ineligible to enter.

At Championship Shows dogs can gain points towards a Junior Warrant and compete for the highly coveted Challenge Certificate (CC). A dog needs three CCs from three different judges to be awarded the title of Champion, one of which must be awarded when the dog is over 12 month old. The most prestigious Championship Show is Crufts. Each dog entered at Crufts has had to qualify by certain wins at Championship or Open Show level.

The UK Kennel Club also operates a separate show open only to mixed-breeds, Scruffts, which judges its contestants on character, health, and temperament with both people and other dogs.