THE KENNEL Club is inviting dogs and their owners along to the Isle of Dogs this Saturday, 18th July to celebrate 150 years of the great British tradition of dog showing - and to meet and greet British breeds on the brink of extinction.
The day will include a ‘have a go’ ring where visitors and their dogs (crossbreed or pedigree) will be invited to try their hands, and paws, at a Companion Dog Show, which will have classes such as Waggiest Tail, Glossiest Coat and Best British Pedigree. A prerequisite of being a good show dog is being a well behaved dog with a good temperament, so there will also be the first level of testing for the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme, to test dogs’ obedience credentials.
A vet and other experts will also be on hand to talk to dog lovers about how dog and owner can keep active and healthy together. The day is being organised to celebrate the 150th anniversary of dog showing and the way it has benefited the health and wellbeing of dogs.
There will also be a rare opportunity for visitors to meet a range of British breeds at the event, which are on the Kennel Club’s vulnerable native breeds list because they number less than 300 new puppy registrations each year. The breeds will be accompanied by handlers dressed in historic costumes, associated with the breeds. These will include Queen Victoria’s Rat Catcher Jack Black with his Manchester Terrier and Lancashire Heelers alongside nineteenth century farmers’ wives.
Caroline Kisko, Communications Director at the Kennel Club, said: ‘The event promises to be a really fun day out for dog lovers and owners. People will have the chance to get a feel for showing with their own dogs in the fun ‘have a go’ ring and to see if it’s something that they would like to take up as a hobby.
Entries for the dog show will cost £1 per dog and all money raised will be given to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which funds research into the understanding and prevention of dog diseases and distributes money to dog re-homing charities and assistance dog charities.
The Best of British Festival is running from 17th June to 19th July at West India Quay. Good Citizen Dog Scheme Testing will begin at 11am until 1pm and 2.30pm to 3.30pm. People can enter their dog for the dog show between 1pm and 2.30pm. The event will close at 4pm.