DOG SHOWING TERMINOLOGY

Dogs needs to be of a minimum age of six months to be eligible to compete in Kennel Club registered shows. 

If you would like a 'mentor' to show you the ropes - please email me and I can put you in touch with a local exhibitor

Most areas have a specialist show training club - 'Ringcraft', which you and your dog would greatly benefit from before you enter the show ring. For a list of training clubs on the KC website see here and others listed on this website here. It is always a good idea to pop along to a show before you enter, exhibitors are especially welcome at all Breed Club shows where you can speak to the exhibitors and the Committee and get a idea of what to expect, although you wont be able to take your own dog unless it is entered in a class or NFC (not for competition).


A lot of shows now offer online entries where you enter the Kennel Club name of your dog, together with the
sire, dam, date of birth, and breeder, together with your details.

A typical postal entry form will look like this......



The show diary on Collielife is regularly updated with upcoming shows and details of how to enter here.

What should you take to a dog show............

If you are going to a General Championship Show you will firstly need your exhibitors pass which will also include your bench number - you will get a notification of when this is available around one/two weeks before the show. Also check what ring your breed is being judged in which will save you valuable time when you get to the venue. You may also need a chair for yourself, some societies provide them, but not all.

Exhibitors passes and bench numbers are not sent out for General Open Shows or any of the Breed Club shows - but you will need

show lead
treats/bait
dog bowl and water
ring clip or armband for your number
dog grooming equipment (brush, comb etc)
towel/blanket for your dog
Crate - you may want to take a crate for your dog for when he is not being shown/exercised

 

THE LIGHTER NOT SO SERIOUS SIDE OF DOG SHOWS - GALLERY
Photos will be added to the gallery throughout the year

 

ETIQUETTE/MANNERS

TYPES OF SHOWS

General Championship Shows and Breed Club Championship Shows -
General Championship Shows are open to all Kennel Club registered dogs and are held by Societies throughout the UK. Rough and Smooth Collies are fortunate to have Challenge Certificates on offer at most General Championship Shows and this is where you can qualify your dog for Crufts. All Breed Clubs hold one Championship Show per year (unless it is their club's CC rotation year) and General Championship Shows are often held over 3 - 4 days and split into groups - the Rough and Smooth Collie being in the Pastoral Group.


General Open Shows and Breed Club Open Shows -
Open to all Kennel Club registered dogs and the starting block for most exhibitors. General Open shows schedule classes for many different breeds and are run by general canine societies. There are several Rough and Smooth Collie Breed Clubs throughout the UK and each one will hold at least one Open Show per year. In General Open Shows there may only be 3 or 5 classes, and dogs and bitches will often be judges together.

Limited Shows
These are limited to 75 classes and any dog that has won either a Challenge Certiciate or any win that counts towards the status of Champion is ineligible for entry.

Companion Shows
These are fun informal events open to all dogs, KC registered or not and is quite often where people enter for fun and get bitten by the show bug. They are usually held to raise money for charity and fundraising events.

When entering a dog show you will need to follow the guidelines below for which class to enter your dog into...........

MINOR PUPPY — For dogs of six and not exceeding nine calendar months of age on the first day of the Show.
PUPPY — For dogs of six and not exceeding twelve calendar months of age on the first day of the Show.
JUNIOR — For dogs of six and not exceeding eighteen calendar months of age on the first day of the Show.
SPECIAL YEARLING — For dogs of six months and not exceeding two years of age on the first day of the Show.
MAIDEN — For dogs which have not won a Challenge Certificate or a First Prize at an Open or Championship Show (Minor Puppy, Special Minor Puppy, Puppy and Special Puppy Classes excepted, whether restricted or not).
NOVICE — For dogs which have not won a Challenge Certificate or three or more First Prizes at an Open or Championship Show (Minor Puppy, Special Minor Puppy, Puppy and Special Puppy Classes excepted, whether restricted or not).
GRADUATE— For dogs which have not won a Challenge Certificate or four or more First Prizes at Championship Shows in Graduate, Post Graduate, Minor Limit, Mid Limit, Limit and Open classes, whether restricted or not.
POST GRADUATE — For dogs which have not won a Challenge Certificate or five or more First Prizes at Championship Shows in Post Graduate, Minor Limit, Mid Limit, Limit and Open classes, whether restricted or not.
MID LIMIT — For dogs which have not won three Challenge Certificates or five or more First Prizes in all at Championship Shows in Mid Limit, Limit and Open classes, confined to the breed, whether restricted or not, at shows where Challenge Certificates were offered for the breed.
LIMIT — For dogs which have not won three Challenge Certificates under three different judges or seven or more First Prizes in all at Championship Shows in Limit and Open classes, confined to the breed, whether restricted or not, at shows where Challenge Certificates were offered for the breed.
OPEN — For all dogs of the breeds for which the class is provided and eligible for entry at the show.
VETERAN — For dogs over seven years of age on the first day of the Show.


CHALLENGE CERTIFICATE
Often referred to as the CC or the ticket. This is a certificate which the judge signs stating that in his or her opinion the dog is worthy of becoming a Champion. Your dog will need three of these awards, given by different judges before he/she becomes a Champion. The judge has the right to withhold the CC if he does not think any dog entered in any class is worthy of being a Champion. A dog winning a CC will also be granted his/her stud book number and automatic Crufts qualification for life. One of the CC's must be won after the dog is twelve months of age to count towards a Champion title.

RESERVE CHALLENGE CERTIFICATE
After the 'CC' is awarded, all unbeaten winning dogs then challenge for this award, and although it doesnt count towards any Champion title, it does give the dog its stud book number.

JUNIOR WARRANT
The Junior Warrant is an award which a dog can achieve through winning certain awards at Open and Championship shows, when the dog is between 6 and 18 months of age. Also a Junior Warrant enables your dog to gain a Stud Book Number. Once achieved you may enter your dog at shows with the title JW. Click here for more information (PDF)

SHOW CERTIFICATE OF MERIT
The Show Certificate of Merit is an award which a dog can achieve through winning certain awards at General and Group Open shows and must obtain a total of 25 points. 

More information here

If you have any further queries regarding the Show Certificate of Merit or Junior Warrant please contact the Awards Department email: awards@thekennelclub.org.uk.


Abbreviations

BIS - Best in Show
RBIS - Reserve Best in Show
BOB - Best of Breed
RBOB - Reserve Best of Breed
BPIB - Best Puppy in Breed
BOS - Best Opposite Sex
BB - Best Bitch
BD - Best Dog
BP - Best Puppy
PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4 - Pastoral Group placing ie: PG1 = Pastoral Group 1
CC - Challenge Certiciate
RCC - Reserve Challenge Certificate
BCC - Bitch Challenge Certificate
RBCC - Reserve Bitch Challenge Certificate
DCC - Dog Challenge Certificate
RDCC - Reserve Dog Challenge Certificate
CH - Champion
JW - Junior Warrant
ShCm - Show Certificate of Merit
NAF - Name applied for
TAF - Transfer applied for
NFC - Not for competition