The Greater London Old English Sheepdog Club

A Beginners Guide To Dog Showing

Dog showing is one of the most popular canine activities in this Country.  At shows, the judge compares each dog against the official Kennel Club Breed Standard which is a blueprint for the perfect characteristics for the breed, covering every aspect of the dog.  The dogs which conform most closely to the Breed Standard will be the ones that receive the top places. 

What you need to know

**  Your dog must be registered with the Kennel Club on the Breed Register or if your dog is
     from abroad, it must have an Authority To Compete number before competing at any show.
**  Only pedigree dogs can enter shows.
**  Exhibitors taking part in any Kennel Club licensed event must familiarise themselves with the
     Kennel Club Rules and Regulations beforehand.  The Show Regulations can be found in
     the Show Regulations booklet which is available from The Kennel Club.
**  Try and attend some local dog shows before you start showing so you can get a feel for it
     and know what to expect.
**   It is helpful to attend Ringcraft classes for specific training before entering a show.
**   Dogs can start competing at 6 months of age.

Types Of Show

Single Breed Shows
These Shows have classes for just one breed of dog and are organised by a specific Breed Club.  Such Shows are likely to attract breed specialists who may have been involved in the breeding and showing of that particular breed for a number of years.  These Shows will provide you with a great opportunity to really learn about your breed from experts.

Companion Dog Shows
These Shows are usually fundraising events, mostly organised in conjunction with fetes, charity open days or similar events to raise money.  The Shows are very relaxed so are ideal for people who are new to the show scene and offer you the opportunity to practise with your dog in the show ring.  Your dog does not have to be Kennel Club registered to enter a Companion Dog Show.

Open Shows
Some people prefer to start out on their show career by entering general Open Shows that schedule classes for many different breeds of dog.  Such Shows are run by general Canine Societies.

Championship Shows
These are the most prestigious shows where you may be able to qualify your dog for Crufts and where Kennel Club Challenge Certificates (commonly known as CC's or tickets) are on offer.  Challenge Certificates are the very highest award a dog can gain.