Types of Dog Show
The Kennel Club currently recognises 211 dog breeds which equates to a lot of dog shows. Some clubs or societies will hold a show for just one breed and others will hold a show for multiple breeds. Each level of Show could be a Single Breed, a Group or a General Show.
Single Breed Show - Open to a single breed only e.g. 'The Pointer Club Championship Show 'and will usually only be a one day show
Group Show - Open to one group of dogs for example 'Hounds' or 'Pastoral'. If you're not sure what group your dog falls into, visit the Kennel Clubs Breed Information Centre.
General Shows - This type of Show is the biggest, taking place over several days, and will hold classes for all dog groups. An example of this type of show is Windsor Championship Dog Show.
Companion Dog Shows
One other alternative to taking part in a Breed Show is to take part in a Companion Dog Show. Companion Dog Shows are fundraising events held throughout the year and the shows are mostly organised in conjunction with fetes, charity open days or similar events to raise money for charitable causes. The shows are very relaxed and fun and give you the opportunity to practice your teamwork and build confidence with your dog in the show ring.