Southern Counties Canine Association Championship Show in Newbury

PUBLISHED: 15:26 24 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:26 24 May 2016

Southern Counties Dog Show 2015 (Photo by David Cavill)

Southern Counties Dog Show 2015 (Photo by David Cavill)


More than 8,000 dogs from over 200 breeds will be descending on the Newbury Showground in Berkshire from 3-5 June 2016 for the popular Southern Counties Canine Association Championship Show

The show will see dogs and their owners from all over the British Isles and beyond compete in a bid to qualify for the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts.

The pedigree dogs taking part will be judged on a number of factors in the ring, including temperament and that they are fit, healthy and happy dogs that are good examples of their breed, as they compete for the ultimate ‘Best in Show’ prize.

The show is one of the largest gatherings of dogs in the UK and will see rare native British and Irish breeds competing, such as the Cardigan Corgi originating from Wales (20 of this breed on show), the Deerhound from Scotland (35), the Lakeland Terrier from England (14) and the Glen of Imaal Terrier from Ireland (5).

These breeds are bred in such small numbers today that they are considered by the Kennel Club to be at risk of disappearing from the UK’s streets and parks. Alongside these breeds will be some of the more well-known ones such as the Whippet (246 of this breed on show), Golden Retriever (221), Labrador Retriever (195) and Boxer (181).

The show is perfect for families researching the right breed of dog for them, and visitors will be able to meet the dogs themselves as well as talk to experts in each breed about finding a good breeder, what to expect from the breed, and training and care requirements.

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