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Shows and Events

A Brief Description of Types of Dog Shows, Events and Activities

Dog shows are meant to be enjoyable events. They are an opportunity for enthusiasts to meet up and compare their stock; to learn more about the breed and to enjoy some competitive rivalry whilst at the same time partaking in an enjoyable hobby where many new friends will be made.

Dog Shows come in many varying forms from a Companion Dog Show held to raise funds for charity at a local village fete, or at the other end of the scale, the Championship Dog Shows where the more experienced enthusiasts turn out to compete.

Match Meetings
Whilst not an actual Show - Match Meetings are normally held by the local Canine Societies once a month, or sometimes by Breed Clubs at their Fun Days. Champions and Challenge Certificate (CC) winning dogs are not allowed to compete at these match meetings. The usual format is for the dogs to be drawn out two at a time and for a guest judge to assess them on a knockout basis until the winner of Best In Match is declared. These events provide an excellent training ground for the novice exhibitor.


Summer Fun Day Photo

Companion Dog Shows
Companion Dog Shows can be very enjoyable and great fun for all the family. Entries are made on the day, there are usually four classes for pedigree dogs and the rest are variety classes for both pedigree and non-pedigree dogs to take part. They are sometimes held in conjunction with local village fetes and similar events with part of the proceeds normally going to a named charity. Details of these events are normally available in the Dog Press, Local Press or at Ringcraft Classes in the locality in which they are being held.

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.

Open Shows
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
General Championship Shows attract many of the top dogs in the country with Breed Club Championship Shows normally attracting very large entries from across the UK and beyond, with dogs competing for the much coveted Challenge Certificates on offer. As with Open Shows, entries have to be in several weeks before the show, there are some similarities to Open Shows but with CCs on offer competition is very keen. Entry fees at General Championship Shows are more expensive, due in part to the cost of benching that has to be provided for the dogs. However, Breed Club Championship Show entry fees are a lot less as they are exempt from providing benching.

Hunt and 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.

Agility Tests

Agility Photo

This has to be one of the most popular and growing sports for Border Terriers and their owners. Agility has been described as an obstacle course for dogs, to be completed at speed against the clock, with the help from a handler. Most Borders are game, energetic, inquisitive, very clever and athletically made and many excel at this sport. Agility Tests are held throughout the year at various venues all over the country. The dog with the least faults in the fastest time wins. More recently launched is the Border Terrier Agility League and more details may be found on their website www.freewebs.com/borderterrieragilityleague.
If this looks like something you would like to do with your dog then you should contact a local Agility Club. The Kennel Club has a list of all KC registered Clubs or you can check out this site www.agilitynet.co.uk, they have a list of just about every club in the country under the A - Z Clubs Link.

Good Citizens' Scheme
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme is the largest dog-training scheme in the UK. The aim of the Scheme is to promote responsible dog ownership and in turn, enhance our relations with our canines, and to make the community aware of the benefits associated with owning dogs.
The Scheme brings together simple exercises such as basic dog training, grooming, exercise, diet, cleaning up after the dog and general healthcare. The Scheme, which is not competitive, incorporates four awards - Bronze, Silver, Gold and Puppy Foundation Assessment. Each level involves a gradual development in our understanding of dogs and more detailed information on these awards is available on the Kennel Club Website.
The Southern Border Terrier Club is registered with The Kennel Club to undertake the Good Citizen Dog Scheme Training.


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