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KC announces Crufts qualifications

THE KC Crufts Committee this week announced its qualifications for entry of dogs to Crufts 2007. There are no major changes:

1. A DOG UNDER 8 CALENDAR MONTHS OF AGE ON THE 8 MARCH 2007 IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ENTRY AT THIS SHOW UNLESS IT HAS QUALIFIED FOR ENTRY IN THE KENNEL CLUB STUD BOOK. N.B. A Puppy so qualified which is between 6 and 8 months of age is not eligible for entry in Special Puppy or Special Junior.

2. THE FOLLOWING ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS A DOG MUST HAVE FOR ENTRY AT CRUFTS 2007.

a. ENTRY IN BREED CLASSES AT CRUFTS 2007, WHERE CHALLENGE CERTIFICATES ARE OFFERED.
A dog is eligible for entry in breed classes where Challenge Certificates are offered if it has qualified in any of the following ways under the Rules and Regulations of the Kennel Club. (1) If it is a Champion, Show Champion, Field Trial Champion, Working Trial Champion, Obedience Champion or Agility Champion under the Rules of the Kennel Club: (2) If it is entered in the Kennel Club Stud Book, or qualifies for entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book by 8 January 2007: (3) If it is entered in the Kennel Club Stud Book, or qualifies for entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book by 8 January 2007 through Field Trials or Working Trials. (4) If it has won any of the following prizes in a breed class (as defined in Kennel Club Regulations for the Definitions of Classes at Championship Shows) at a Championship Show, including Crufts, where Challenge Certificates were offered for the breed between 6 January 2006 and 8 January 2007. i. First, Second or Third Minor Puppy, Puppy, Junior. Yearling (For Breeds in Stud Book Band E only – see list below), Post Grad, Limit, Open or Veteran. STUD BOOK BAND E Hound Group – Afghan Hound, Whippet: Gundog Group – Irish Setter, Retriever (Flat Coated), Retriever (Golden), Retriever (Labrador), Spaniel (Cocker): Terrier Group – Staffordshire Bull Terrier; Pastoral Group – Bearded Collie, Border Collie, Shetland Sheepdog: Working Group – Boxer, Dobermann, Great Dane, Rottweiler and Toy Group – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

(5) If it has won a first prize in any breed class at Crufts 2006. (NB This is in addition to those dogs which have qualified in classes listed under 2 a (4) above)

(6) If it has been awarded a 5-point or higher Green Star at a Show held under the Rules and Regulations of the Irish Kennel Club.

(7) If a Beagle, has won a First Prize at a Hound Show between 6 January 2006 and 8 January 2007 held under the Rules and Regulations of the Masters of Harriers and Beagles Association.

(8) Premier Open Show For dogs that have been declared Best of Breed provided there were more than three breed classes (more than five classes for Stud Book Band E breeds) scheduled for the breed between 6 January 2006 and 8 January 2007.

(9) If it has won Best in Show, Reserve Best in Show or Best Puppy in Show at a General or Group Open Show between 6 January 2006 and 8 January 2007.

b. ENTRY IN BREED CLASSES AT CRUFTS 2007 FOR BASSET FAUVE DE BRETAGNE, GLEN OF IMAAL, PORTUGUESE WATER DOG AND AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG AND WHERE CHALLENGE CERTIFICATES ARE NOT OFFERED.

A dog is eligible for entry in breed classes where Challenge Certificates are not offered if it has qualified in any of the following ways under the Rules and Regulations of the Kennel Club.

(1) If it has been declared Best of Sex or Reserve Best of Sex of a Breed or gained any of the following Prizes in Breed or Variety Classes at a Championship Show, including Crufts between 6 January 2006 and 8 January 2007. i. First, Second or Third Minor Puppy, Puppy, Junior, Post Grad, Limit, Open or Veteran. (See note 2.)

(2) If it has won a first prize in any breed class at Crufts 2006. (NB This is in addition to those dogs which have qualified in classes listed under 2 b (1) above)

(3) If it has been awarded a 5-point or higher Green Star at a Show held under the Rules and Regulations of the Irish Kennel Club.

(4) Premier Open Show For dogs that have been declared Best of Breed provided there were more than three breed classes (more than five classes for Stud Book Band E breeds) scheduled for the breed.

(5) If it has won Best in Show, Reserve Best in Show or Best Puppy in Show at a General or Group Open Show held between 6 January 2006 and 8 January 2007.

c. ENTRY IN FIELD TRIAL CLASSES AT CRUFTS 2007. A dog is eligible for entry in Field Trial classes for its breed if it has at any time won an award, a Diploma of Merit or a Certificate of Merit in actual competition at a Field Trial held under Kennel Club or Irish Kennel Club Regulations.

d. ENTRY IN SPECIAL WORKING GUNDOG CLASSES AT CRUFTS 2007. A dog is eligible for entry in Special Working Gundog classes for its breed if it has at any time been awarded a Kennel Club Show Gundog Working certificate or won an award, Diploma of Merit or Certificate of Merit in competition at a Field Trial held under the rules of any governing body recognised by the Kennel Club

e. ENTRY IN SPECIAL WORKING TRIAL CLASSES AT CRUFTS 2007. With the exception of Bloodhounds, a dog is eligible for entry in Working Trial Classes for its breed if it has gained a qualification not lower than UD Excellent under Kennel Club Working Trial Regulations. A Bloodhound is eligible for entry in Working Trial classes if it has won a prize at a Working Trial for Bloodhounds held under Kennel Club Working Trial Regulations.

f. OBEDIENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS AT CRUFTS 2007. A dog is eligible for entry if it has won a Kennel Club Obedience Certificate at a Show held between 6 January 2006 and 8 January 2007.

g. AGILITY CHAMPIONSHIPS AT CRUFTS 2007. A dog is eligible for entry if it has won a Kennel Club Agility Certificate (Large, Medium and Small Dogs) at a show held between 6 January 2006 and 8 January 2007.

h. QUALIFIED DOGS TOO YOUNG TO COMPETE IN 2006. A dog which gained a qualifying award prior to the 6 January 2006 but was under 8 months of age on the 9 March 2006 and, therefore, ineligible for competition at Crufts 2006, is eligible for Crufts 2007 without further qualification.

i.OVERSEAS QUALIFICATIONS. The following qualifications refer to Kennel Club fully recognised breeds only. (1) Any Champion from a country with which the Kennel Club has a reciprocal agreement qualifies automatically if it is domiciled in the UK and is on the Kennel Club Breed Register.

(2) Any FCI International Champion.

(3) Winners of Junior Dog and Junior Bitch classes, plus the Best Dog and the Best Bitch at specified Shows in each of the European countries entitled to take part in the UK PETS TRAVEL SCHEME. One show only nominated by the Kennel Club in the country concerned.

(4) Winners of Junior Dog, Junior Bitch classes, plus CACIB Dog and CACIB Bitch at FCI World Winners Show 2006. Winners of Junior Dog, Junior Bitch, Veteran Dog, Veteran Bitch plus CACIB Dog and CACIB Bitch at European Winners Shows in 2006. This applies to dogs resident in countries entitled to take part in the UK PETS TRAVEL SCHEME.

(5) USA – Winners of Best of Breed, Best of Opposite, Awards of Merit and Best Bred by Exhibitor in the classes at the AKC Invitational, January 2006 and December 2006. Additionally, Best of Breed, Best of Opposite, Awards of Merit Winners (if offered) and Best Bred by Exhibitor (if offered), at one National Breed Speciality show per breed chosen by the Parent Breed Club and agreed by the AKC.

(6) CANADA – The top five dogs from each group according to the Dogs in Canada Top Show Dog point system, published in Dogs in Canada July issue.
Additionally, Best of Breed, Best of Opposite and Award of Merit Winners at the National Specialities agreed by the Canadian Kennel Club.

(7) AUSTRALIA – One Show has/will be nominated for 2007 in each of the eight states: - Winners of Junior Dog and Junior Bitch classes, plus the Best Dog and the Best Bitch to qualify at each show.
Australian Capital Territory (ACTCA)June Amenities Championship Show
Western Australia (CAWA)Western Classic
Queensland (CCCQ) Brisbane Royal Show
Northern Territory (NACA) Royal Darwin Show
New South Wales (RNSWCC) Spring Fair Dog Show (Sunday only)
South Australia (SACA) Pedigree Autumn International Championship Show
Tasmania (TCA) Royal Hobart Show
Victoria (VCA) Melbourne Royal Show

(8) JAPAN - Winners of Best King and Best Queen also Best Junior King and Best Junior Queen at FCI Asian International Championship Show 2006, Tokyo.

(9) NEW ZEALAND – Winners of Junior Dog and Junior Bitch classes, plus the Best Dog and Best Bitch to qualify from the NZKC ProPlan National Show.

NOTES ON QUALIFICATIONS

1. A Breed Class is a class confined to one breed.

2. Awards as above qualify a dog for entry at Crufts 2007 only if the class in which the award was gained was not made "Special" in any way, i.e. by age, colour, height, weight, coat, to members of a society to breeders etc. An exception is made only in the case of Prize Winners in Special Puppy, Special Junior and Veteran at Crufts 2006. Wins in sweepstake classes do not qualify nor do wins in any classes other than those stated above.

3. Only dogs of 8 calendar months of age or over on 8 March 2007 will be eligible for entry at Crufts 2007 unless a Kennel Club Stud Book qualification has been obtained.

4. In any class scheduled at Crufts 2007 for which an age limit appears in the definition the age is calculated to the 8 March 2007

5. No entries will be accepted "Not for Competition".