Dog shows provide an opportunity for enthusiasts to meet, compare dogs and learn more about the breed whilst enjoying some competitive rivalry.
SHOWS HELD UNDER KENNEL CLUB RULES & REGULATIONS
Shows run under Kennel Club rules and regulations are organised by Breed Clubs, Group Societies or General Canine Societies. Breed Club Shows, such as held by the Southern Border Terrier Club, offer classes for a single breed. Group and General Canine Societies hold shows with classes for a variety of breeds. Group Societies such as Terrier Clubs hold shows restricted to their group. General Canine Societies hold Shows with classes for a number of breeds along with variety classes which non-scheduled breeds may enter.
Judging at Kennel Club regulated shows is based on the Kennel Club Breed Standard.
At each show there are a number of classes available to enter restricted by your dog's age or wins at previous shows. Details of these, including definitions of each class, are all found in the schedule.
Entries must be made in advance, either on line or by post. Entry forms and schedules, which detail all the show information including entry closing dates, the classes available and eligibility are available on line, at shows or by contacting the society.
Breed judges at these shows are often taken from one of the Judges Lists compiled by the seven Breed Clubs. At shows held by or supported by the Southern Border Terrier Club the judge will have been chosen from our Judging Lists.
TYPES OF SHOW
Dog Shows come in varying forms such as :
Match meetings, held by local canine societies often in conjunction with their ring craft classes, or by breed clubs as part of a social event, offer a great introduction to showing for both dogs and their owners. Entries will be taken at the event and the dogs are judged two at time on a knockout basis until the winner of Best In Match is declared. Challenge Certificate (CC) winning dogs are not eligible to compete at these match meetings.
Often held in conjunction with charity events, Companion Shows are enjoyable for all the family and provide a good introduction to dog shows for dogs and their owners. Entries are made on the day, with classes for pedigree dogs and variety classes for both pedigree and non-pedigree dogs. Details of these events are available in the dog press, local press or on social media.
LIMITED DOG SHOWS
Limited Shows are held under Kennel Club rules and regulations by some of the Breed Clubs or General Canine Societies. Entries to these Shows are restricted to Members only. In all other respects they are very similar to the rules that apply for Open Shows (see below). Entries have to be made approximately one month in advance of the Show date. Champions and CC winning dogs are not allowed to compete at these Shows.
Limited Shows are held under Kennel Club rules and regulations. Entries to Limited Shows are restricted to Members only and to dogs who have not won a Challenge Certificate (CC). In all other respects they are very similar to the rules that apply for Open Shows (see below). Entries can be made on line or by post in and must be made by the closing date in advance of the show.
Open Shows are held under Kennel Club rules and regulations by Breed Clubs or General Canine Societies. are open to all exhibitors. There are no entry restrictions at Open Shows and both Challenge Certificate (CC) winners are eligible to compete.
Open Shows are held under Kennel Club rules and regulations and are open to all exhibitors. There are no entry restrictions at Open Shows and both Challenge Certificate (CC) winners are eligible to compete.
Open Shows are held under Kennel Club rules and regulations by registered Breed Clubs. They are also held by General Canine Societies when there are often a few classes scheduled for Border Terriers. Entries have to be made in advance on the appropriate entry form published in the Schedule for the Show. One thing to look out for is the timescale for the closing date for the entries; these are normally 4 to 5 weeks in advance of the date of the actual Show. There are no restrictions at Open Shows and both Champions and CC winners are eligible to compete thereby providing aspiring judges with the opportunity to both handle and assess quality exhibits. Breed Judges at these shows are in the main taken from the Judges Lists of the Breed Clubs.
Championship Shows are held under Kennel Club rules and regulations. Championship Shows are those at which Challenge Certificates (CC) may be won. To qualify as a Champion in the UK a dog must win three Challenge Certificates (CC) from three different judges. Championship Shows are open to all exhibitors but there is likely to be a higher level of competition with shows attracting large entries including many of the top dogs in the country.
HUNT & TERRIER SHOWS
Hunt and Terrier Shows are organised normally as outdoor events by local hunt societies and usually make for a great day out. Dogs do not have to be Kennel Club registered and are not judged to the KC breed standard but mainly for their perceived ability to carry out the work for which they were originally bred. Entries are very reasonable and are made on the day at the show with the classes usually judged by respected Working Terrier enthusiasts or Masters of Foxhounds.
Everything is done at a far more relaxed pace than at KC Shows and the judge often uses different handling techniques to assess the flexibility and balance of the Terrier. There are normally lots of Rosettes and Special Prizes on offer at these events.
HUNT & TERRIER SHOWS
HUNT TERRIER SHOWS
Hunt Terrier Shows are organised by local hunt societies and make for a great day out. Dogs do not have to be Kennel Club registered and are not judged to the Kennel Club Breed Standard. Entries are made on the day with the classes usually being judged by respected working terrier enthusiasts.
There are many different competitive dog activities you can enjoy with your dog which like showing afford an opportunity to have a fun day out and meet like-minded dog enthusiasts. These include agility, fly ball, obedience, rally, The Kennel Club Good Citizens Award Scheme to name a few.