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European Show 2009

Sean Delmar, President of the Irish Kennel Club
and Best in Show judge for the European Show.

FOR THE first time, Dublin is to stage the European Winners Dog Show on 30th May until 1st June at the RDS Irish International Exhibition and Convention Centre. This historic occasion will see a celebration of happy, healthy dogs from over 40 countries competing for Best in Show with many qualifying for Crufts on the way.

Amsterdam, Budapest and Stockholm are just a few cities who have played hosts to the European Winners Show in the past, but for the first time ever the Winners Show in Dublin will include a show within a show with KC Challenge Certificates for Irish Native Breeds. The show will be held under Kennel Club Rules and it will be a Crufts qualifying event as is any other KC Championship Show.

The show is called ‘The Kennel Club Special Crufts Qualifying Show for Irish Native Breeds’ with unique classes for Irish Native Breeds of dogs such as Irish Wolfhounds, Irish Setters, Irish Red & White Setters, Irish Water Spaniels, Kerry Blue Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Glen of Imaal Terriers and Irish Terriers. It is held at the same venue as the FCI European Winners Show and has been timed to enable those who wish to enter Irish breeds at the European Show to stay an extra day and take in both shows in a single trip.

Marion Campbell, Irish Kennel Club Show Secretary, said: ‘We’re delighted to host this fantastic event in Dublin which celebrates happy, healthy dogs. This will be a fantastic event showcasing thousands of dogs from across the world and we look forward to championing the many wonderful Irish breeds.’

Caroline Kisko, the Kennel Club’s Communications Director, said: ‘Dog Shows celebrate the relationship between dogs and their owners, recognising the varied roles that dogs play in society and highlights the many different disciplines, jobs and activities in which dogs are involved. Just some of the events that visitors will be able to see over the course of the three days include agility, flyball and heelwork to music.’

Dog lovers are invited to come along to find out all about the exciting world of dogs as well as find out about the many different breeds of dog. For more information please contact Marion Campbell on 01-4734016 or visit the IKC website on

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