- Championship Show
- Challenge Certificates are on offer for most breeds. These are normally large shows lasting a few days. Your dog does not have to have done any previous winning to attend these shows.
- Open Show
- Generally smaller than Championship Shows and open to all. Champions can be entered.
- Limited Shows
- These are limited to 75 classes and any dog that has won either a CC or any win that counts towards the status of Champion is ineligible for entry.
- Show Schedule
- Printed booklet which includes a classification for each breed and also shows details of venue etc. The schedule will also contain an entry form. It is published approximately 3 months in advance of the show date. These are automatically sent to potential exhibitors by post or if you exhibited your dogs the previous year; or, they can be picked up at other shows; or, by contacting the appropriate Show Secretary.
- Making an Entry
- Filling in an entry form with details of the dog to be entered, date of birth, owners/breeders, and classes entered. The fee must accompany the entry form and it is sent to the Secretary. Dogs have to be a minimum of 6 months of age on the first day of the show; there are certain classes which depend upon the age of the dog (e.g. Minor Puppy - 6 to 9 months, Puppy - 6 to 12 months & Junior 6 to 18 months of age).
Dogs normally compete within their own age group but once they are older than 18 months then the class they are entered in depends upon their previous wins. Entries are normally made by post and the closing date has to be adhered to and is normally referred to by the date of postmark, not the date the entry reaches the Secretary.
Entries can also be made On-Line. Please note than only dogs entered for competition can be admitted within the precincts of the show and this includes the car park, unless the schedules states otherwise. Dogs should not, in any circumstances, be left in cars. If they are it can have fatal results for the dog and may result in some form of disciplinary action.
- Bench Number
- At Championship shows all dogs are benched. This means that a steel/wooden type structure is provided by the show. Your dog should be put in this (apart from when he/she is being exercised). Most small breeds will be put in a cage or travelling box before being placed in the bench. All dogs of the same breed are normally benched in the same area. Large dogs do not have boxes or cages; they are secured in the bench by means of a benching chain.
- Show Catalogue
- This is available only on the day of the show and provides a complete listing of Exhibitors, dogs and classes. A map of the showground; start times etc. and all relevant information for the show is included in the catalogue. It is quite normal for catalogues to be ordered (and paid for) in advance at the time the entry is made. Your exhibitor's pass will include a slip which enables you to collect your catalogue on arrival at the show. You should always check that your details are shown correctly in the catalogue and if they are not you should speak to someone in the show committee.
- Start Time
- You should always allow plenty of time for your journey, there are very often queues of traffic going into the show. See your schedule for more information for show opening times, and judging times.
- Order of Judging
- This is printed in the catalogue. This will show when and where your bulldog is to be judged.
- Ring Stewards
- They are present in every show ring and will instruct you where to stand. They will also make sure that you are displaying the correct ring number.
- Crufts Qualifications
- You have to qualify your dog at General Championship shows before you can show at Crufts Dog Show.
- Showing Your Dog
- The normal procedure is for all bulldogs to enter the ring, not in any particular order, but they all stand in a line. Bulldogs are normally shown on a slip lead, this is a nylon lead used specifically for showing and can be bought at the shows. The judge will sometimes ask the first exhibitor to lead all the exhibitors around the ring, once or sometimes twice. By doing this, the judge makes his or her first assessment of the dogs in the class.
Always make sure that you walk with the dog nearest the judge, i.e. do not position yourself between the dog and the judge (or the judge will not be able to see your dog properly).
The judge will then examine each dog on the ramp or floor. You will hold the bulldog in position to make it easier for the judge. The judge will then ask you to move your dog, usually by walking it in a triangle shape so that he/she can get a view of the dog's back, front and side movement (gait).
You will then return to the line of exhibitors. When the last bulldog has been walked you should have your dog ready to look its best before the final decision is made.
In classes where there are a lot of entries the judge may select several dogs from the class for a closer look. This is known as being pulled out or making the cut. The judge will then place normally 5 dogs, 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. When the judge is satisfied with the placings, he or she will tell the steward who will hand out the prize cards.
If you are not placed you may leave the ring, but you should wait until you are satisfied that the judging is finished.
If you win 1st, 2nd (sometimes 3rd) place the judge will ask you to stand and continue to show your dog for a little while whilst the critique is done. He or she will make brief notes and will enlarge upon this after the show. These critiques are sent to Dog World and Our Dogs for publication and somtimes posted on the shows facebook page.
- Best In Show
- Reserve Best In Show
- Best In Group
- Best Of Breed
- Reserve Best Of Breed
- Best Buppy In Breed
- Best Opposite Sex
- Best Bitch
- Best Dog
- Best Puppy
- Group 1, 2, 3 & 4 - placings in the group judging
- C.C (Challenge Certificate)
- C.C. or sometimes known as the ticket. This is a certificate which the judge signs stating that in his or her opinion the dog is worthy of becoming a Show Champion. These certificates are awarded by The Kennel Club (the dog world's governing body who licence all shows) and a special certificate is posted to the exhibitor by The Kennel Club at a later date. Your dog will need three of these awards, given by different judges before he/she becomes a Champion. This status is also awarded by The Kennel Club. The judge has the right to withhold the CC (and RCC) if he does not think any dog entered in any class is worthy of being a Champion.
- R.C.C. (The Reserve Challenge Certificate)
- All unbeaten winning dogs then challenge for this award. This certificate states that the dog given this award is worthy of being awarded the CC should the certificate winner be disqualified. This doesn't happen very often! It is at the judge's discretion to call into the ring the dog place second to the CC winner.
- Junior Warrant
- Sh CH
- Show Champion
- Sh CM
- Show Certificate of Merit
- Placing the dogs feet and often holding the head and tail
- Using food (bait) to get your dog to stand itself for the judge
- Name given to describe the most efficient movement (speed) of a particular breed
- A type of movement when a dog moves its body at an angle and not in a straightline in the direction of travel
- When both the front and back legs on one side of the dog move in unison