Dog Show Classes
There are lots of different classes to choose from. In open shows these are usually confined to 3 or 4. But championship shows will have many more. Some are confined to age and some to wins. I will try to define them all for you.
Age Restricted Classes
All these are restricted by age and not wins. Only the age of your dog will dictate the classes you enter. When working out the age a month is taken by calendar age i.e. born 01/01/11 will be six months on 01/07/11.
When working out the age of your puppy the date to work to is the first day of the show. Many champ shows are over 3 or 4 days, so if your pup is 6 months old on the fourth day of the show it still cannot be entered even if your breed is scheduled for the fourth day as it is classed as too young on the first day of the show.
This class is for puppies between the ages of 6 - 9 months old.
For dogs and bitches between the ages of 6 - 12 months.
For dogs and bitches between the ages of 6 - 18 months.
For dogs and bitches between the ages of 12 - 24 months. Sometimes there are "Special Yearling" classes and these may have specific entry requirement so do check.
Open Age Classes
Once your dog is over 2 years old it is no longer able to go into age related classes and moves on into those regulated by wins.
Novice or Undergraduate
This is the first class available for adult dogs. As long as you have not won a CC (Challenge Certificate) or 3 or more 1st prizes at open or championship shows (not counting wins in puppy classes but counting wins in junior/yearling) you can enter novice.
As soon as you have won those 3 1st places in novice or been awarded a CC then you need to step up to graduate.
A maximum of 5 x 1st prizes at championship shows (with CCs on offer) in post graduate, minor limit, limit and open
A maximum of 6 wins in mid limit, limit and open or a CC
A maximum of 7 wins in limit and open or 2 CCs
No restrictions, for all and any dogs or bitches including Champions
The Kennel Club website has all the information on the definitions of classes if you want to have a look. Likewise all the show schedules will give definitions of the classes they are holding as well so take a careful look before entering that your dog or bitch has not won his or her way out of a class.
You may find some other classes such as Good Citizen Class which is for dogs/bitches who have a bronze or above good citizen award (This is usually won at an obedience club and is just some basic training). Progeny class for dogs/bitches and their progeny, the definition of what is needed is in the schedule but usually needs the entered dog to be accompanied by 3 or 4 of its offspring.
All the entry restrictions are listed in the "Definition of classes" in the show schedule.
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