More than 10,000 dogs will descend on the NEC in Birmingham next month for the largest two-day dog show in the UK.
From December 10 to 11, the Ladies Kennel Association Championship Dog Show will see more than 200 breeds of dog of show, including rare British and Irish native breeds and some of the UK’s most popular gundog and terrier breeds.
Dogs and owners from all over the British Isles will compete in a bid to qualify for Crufts next March and put their pooches forward for the top prize – best in show.
The pedigree dogs taking part will be judged on a number of factors in the ring, including temperament and that they are fit, healthy and happy examples of their breed, and families researching the right breed of dog for them will be able to meet the dogs themselves as well as talk to experts.
In between shopping for dog-related goods, guests can watch rally competitions and enjoy the pedigree pooch events on offer.
Jane Valentine, Secretary of the show, said: “Ours is the largest two-day dog show in the UK and the Association was formed in 1894, so naturally we are very proud of our great heritage.
“The show brings thousands of dog lovers to the area each year and we are expecting this year’s show to be bigger and better than ever.
“The show is a huge celebration of man’s best friend and visitors will get to meet lots of wonderful dogs throughout the weekend, find out more about dog showing and the various activities they can get involved in with their own dog, and browse the many dog products on the trade stands.
“On the Sunday, visitors will have the chance to see dogs at ‘work’, as we are holding a heat of the Kennel Club’s Obreedience competition, which showcases breeds which are not necessarily associated with obedience competition. We are also excited to be holding a rally competition for the first time – this involves the handler and dog working as a team to navigate a course with numbered signs indicating different exercises to perform.
“Anyone thinking about getting a pedigree dog can come along and research their favourite breeds, as well as some of the lesser known breeds they may not even have heard of, and take the opportunity to meet the dogs themselves, which is definitely a favourite with families.”
Admission to the show costs £8 for adults and £4 for children under 15 and senior citizens. Car parking costs £6.
Visit http://www.ladieskennelassociation.com/ for more information or go to http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk