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Show opens at 1:30pm, 14th July 

Claygate Village Weekend

Country 5  Run, 8th July 

Flower & Village Show
Saturday, 14th July 2018

Gig on the Rec, 16th July

Companion Dog Show

The Companion Dog Show has classes for pedigree and 'other' dogs!!

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Enter your dog for £2 per Class - entries taken on the day - and your four-legged friend could win one of the many coveted rosettes.

Rosettes awarded in all Classes from 1st to 5th, and judging will take place in Two Rings. Entrants to the Companion Dog Show must purchase admission tickets to the Claygate Flower & Village Show. CC, RCC and Junior Warrant winners may not compete in the Pedigree classes.

Pedigree Classes
1. Any Variety Puppy (6-12 months)
2. Any Variety Junior (12-18 months)
3. Any Variety Sporting
(Hounds, Gundogs, Terriers)
4. Any Variety Non-Sporting
(Toys, Utility, Working, Pastoral)
5. Any Variety Open

Novelty Classes
6. Best Veteran Dog or Bitch (7 years or over)
7. Best Trick
8. Dog the Judge would most like to take home
9. Best Cross Bred
10. Best Six Legs 
11. Handsomest Dog
12. Prettiest Bitch
13. Best Rescue 
14. Best Condition
15. Brace or Irish Brace
16. Best Sausage Catcher

Organiser: Alison Wilde (07718 042821)

SCROLL down to see some tips on showing your dog!
Find the Dog Show on the Ground Layout

Showing your Dog at the Companion Dog Show.

This is a quick guide for those who would like to enter their dog at the Companion Dog Show.

When you arrive, go straight to the tent where the list of classes and entry forms will be ready for you. The show will be judged in two rings. Ring One is for the Pedigree classes which start at the puppy class for puppies of any breed between 6 and 12 months of age. The next class is for Juniors which is for dogs up to 18 months of age.

Following that is the class for Sporting dogs. If your dog is a Gundog, Hound or Terrier then this class is for you. However, confusingly some terriers such as the Yorkshire Terrier go in the Non-Sporting class which is the next one on the list. This is for all Non-Sporting dogs like German Shepherds, Poodles etc. If you don’t know which section or group your dog belongs to, please ask when you make your entries as our admin volunteers will be able to tell you. The last class in the Pedigree section is the Open class which is for all Pedigree dogs of any breed or age.

The Pedigree classes are for pure pedigree dogs only. Any dog that is a mixture of breeds i.e. Cockerpoo, Labradoodle etc. is not eligible to enter these classes. They can of course, enter the Novelty classes.

Please be aware that puppies must be at least 6 months old to enter ANY of the classes at the show.

There are several levels of Kennel Club licensed dog shows. At the top level are the Championship Shows, of which Crufts is the most well known. Then there are Open Shows, Group Shows and Limited Shows. The last one on the list is Companion Dog Shows. The one thing they all have in common is that they are all judged in exactly the same way and the judge is looking for exactly the same attributes in the dogs. The judge is expected to behave in a courteous and professional manner, which, if you are just expecting a fun class could appear to be a bit aloof.

When you show your dog, the judge will want to see the dog standing sideways on to him. What he is looking for is the dog that looks the most like its “Breed Standard”. The breed standard covers every aspect of a dog, almost like a blueprint. It states the size, coat type and colour, proportions of the body and head and how the dog should move. There will be times when the judge will get a dog in the ring that he can see immediately doesn’t conform to the standard. For example, in the French Bulldog there are certain colours that are not recognised by the Kennel Club. Therefore, if there were two French Bulldogs in the ring and one of them was the correct colour and the other was an unrecognised colour then the correct coloured one would be placed higher.

Also, in certain breeds there are big differences between the show type dogs and the working type dogs. This is very noticeable in some gundog breeds such as Cocker and Springer Spaniels and Labradors. The judge will be looking more for the show type of dog as that is what is described in the breed standard.

When the judge has looked at all the dogs he will then examine them individually. This means looking closely at its head and body, checking teeth and in the case of male dogs, to see if they are “entire”. It is permissible to show neutered dogs now but it is always checked. The judge will then ask the owner to trot the dog up and down the ring and then either in the shape of a triangle or a circle so that he can see the dog moving from the side. Usually the owner will then bring the dog back to stand in front of the judge to show it off again and then move to the end of the line of dogs.

If you are letting a child handle the dog please be aware that the dog could get excited by the presence of other dogs in the ring and become a little bit more difficult to handle. You must not allow your dog to interfere with any of the other dogs. Please make sure your child understands that all the dogs in the class have an equal chance of winning and they shouldn’t get upset if their dog isn’t placed.

There can only be one winner in the class and although it is disappointing when your pride and joy doesn’t win, always remember, you are taking the best dog home.


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