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Vulnerable British & Irish Breeds Competition 2018

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Breeder Breed Total points
Mrs R Gee Norfolk Terrier 90
Mrs A Cawthera-Purdy Pomeranians 75
Ms R E Bailey Canadian Eskimo Dogs 30
Mr N D & Mrs A Carter Ibizan Hounds 30
Mrs V Freer Samoyeds 30
Miss J A G Groves Dobermann 30
Miss M E Proudler Cocker Spaniel 30
Mrs K A Storey Pug 30
Mr A M & Mrs C A Rhodes Cavalier King Charles 25
Mrs P Clarke Cairn Terrier 15
Ms C Khatchikian Border Terrier 15
Mr & Mrs S & J Newport Parson Russell Terrier 15
Mr P & Mrs D Reid Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit) 15
Messrs R & J Sproul & Coburn King Charles Spaniel 10
Ms A McAllister L/C Chihuahua 5

The Kennel Club has launched the competition for dog show exhibitors who show vulnerable British & Irish breeds, to raise awareness of these breeds and to recognise those who are dedicated to their survival and prosperity.
The main features are:
• The competition is open to all Vulnerable Breeds competing at Open & Championship shows
• Points can be claimed by winning Best of Breed/Best Any Variety Not Separately Classified (AVNSC) and at Championship shows also Group placings.
• The aim of the competition is for dogs to collect the highest number of points for their breed in a calendar year. At the end of the year the top scoring dog from each breed will be invited to compete at the competition’s Crufts Final.
• To receive the latest competition news and to track your success on the leader board read our exclusive monthly competition feature which is published in Our Dogs.

FAQs for Exhibitors

Q. What breeds are eligible to take part?
A. As of 01 January 2015 the following breeds may compete:
Bloodhound, Deerhound, Otterhound, Irish Red & White Setter, Clumber Spaniel, Field Spaniel, Irish Water Spaniel, Sussex Spaniel, Curly Coated Retriever, Gordon Setter, Miniature Bull Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Smooth Fox Terrier, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, Lakeland Terrier, Manchester Terrier, Norwich Terrier, Sealyham Terrier, Skye Terrier, Smooth Collie, Lancashire Heeler, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, English Toy Terrier (Black and Tan), King Charles Spaniel, Mastiff.

Q. What is the aim of the competition?
A. The aim of the competition is for dogs to collect the highest number of points for their breed in a calendar year. At the end of the year the top scoring dog from each breed will be invited to compete at the competition’s Crufts Final.

Q. How do exhibitors collect points?
A. The competition is open to all Vulnerable Breeds competing at Open & Championship shows. Points can be claimed by winning Best of Breed/Best Any Variety Not Separately Classified (AVNSC) and at Championship shows by also receiving a Group placing. A record of points should be kept by using the ‘Kennel Club Vulnerable British & Irish Breeds competition claim form’ which is downloadable from the Kennel Club website.

Q. What points are on offer at different shows?
A. Please consult the following table.
At Single Breed Open shows and All Breed /Group Canine Open shows
Best of Breed/ AVNSC Classes 1 point
At Championship Shows
Best of Breed/AVNSC Classes 1 point
Group Winner 4 points
2nd Place in Group 3 points
3rd Place in Group 2 points
4th Place in Group 1 point

Q. How can I track my overall position in the competition throughout the year?
A. By using the Point Tracker Form to regularly register your points with Our Dogs (either by email pam@ourdogs.co.uk or when attending the stand at General & Group show Championship Shows) you will be able to track your success on the competition leader board which is part of an exclusive monthly competition feature in Our Dogs.

Q. I want to take part what do I do now?
A. The first thing you need to do is obtain your Claim Form which should be used to record your dog’s points throughout the year. These are available from the Kennel Club website and are free of charge. Now all you need to do is choose which shows you are going to enter, remembering that you can claim points for Best of Breed or Best AVNSC, and at Championship Shows by also gaining a Group placing.

Q. How do I qualify for Crufts?
A. At the end of the year competitors are invited to submit a copy of their Claim Form to the breed shows team (breedshows@thekennelclub.org.uk) to find out whether they have qualified for the final. Claim forms should be returned no later than January 5th 2016. Once the competition entries have closed, the Kennel Club will invite the top scoring dog from each British & Irish Vulnerable breed to attend the final held at Crufts 2016.

Q. What happens if at the end of the year I am joint top with another dog of the same breed, who will qualify for the Crufts final?
A. In the unlikely event of a tie each dog’s Group Placements and BOB wins from Championship Shows held in the competition year will be counted, and the top winning dog will go forward to the final.

Q. Can my points be carried over to the next year?
A. No, each dog will start each year with zero points.

Q. What can I do to encourage shows to support the competition?
A. This competition is being trialled for one year and its continuance is very much dependent on the popularity, support and interest received. To achieve the maximum opportunity to claim points why not contact your breed club to recommend that it works in partnership with general canine societies to offer Breed Club Supported Entry Classes. For more information on Breed Club Supported Classes please refer to the FAQs for Show Organisers, Judges and Breed Clubs for Vulnerable Breeds.
Q. How will this competition affect the running of our show?
A. The competition will not affect the running of your show in anyway as it works on a similar premise to that of the Junior Warrant or Show Certificate of Merit; and does not require a separate judge or any additional administration/management from the show society.

Q. How can show societies get involved to support the competition?
A. Any Open or Championship show scheduling classes for a Vulnerable Breed and/or AVNSC Classes enables its exhibitors to benefit. However in addition to this we would encourage Societies to contact Breed Clubs for Vulnerable Breeds to explore offering Breed Club Supported Entry Classes. In doing so breed clubs will be able to suggest an appropriate number of classes, a suitable judge and will encourage their membership to enter your show. Such steps should mean increased entries for your show. However, if for any reason the classes fail to attract the entry hoped for, the society need not include them in their class average calculations.

Q. What are Breed Club Supported Entry Classes and how do we arrange them?
A. A breed club may give official recognition to the breed classification that is scheduled at a General Canine Society Show, with the proviso that a formal written agreement has been reached with the licensed Show Society. In such cases the Judge for the breed must be selected from a list of at least two names proposed by the Breed Club.

Q. As a Breed Club for a Vulnerable Breed what can we do to support the competition?
A. As a Club representing a Vulnerable Breed your support of this competition is vital and we would welcome any promotion or support of the competition that you can offer, whether it is through your newsletters, website or any other means. In particular we would encourage you to contact open and championship show societies to offer Breed Club Supported Entry Classes at their show. In doing so, your members and exhibitors will have the maximum opportunity to claim competition points.
This competition is being trialled for one year and its continuance is very much dependent on the popularity, support and interest received.

Q. Will the competition affect Open & Championship Show judges of vulnerable breeds?
A. The competition will not affect judging appointments in any way and judges will not have any additional responsibilities as a result. There is no separately scheduled competition at the show and much like the Junior Warrant or Show Certificate of Merit, competitors will claim points based on winning Best of Breed/Best AVNSC as well as Group placings at Championship shows. At the end of the year the top scoring dog from each Vulnerable Breed will be invited to compete at the competition’s Crufts Final.


Want to be amongst the very best of UK Breeders at Crufts?

The Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition, in association with Our Dogs, is a national competition which provides a fantastic opportunity for the real people behind the dog show scene, the breeders, to showcase their pedigree stock.
Each year the top 50 scoring teams who achieve a minimum of 25 points qualify for the final held at Crufts.

How the Competition works

The competition follows a familiar format with a ‘best breeder’ awarded at breed level and at General & Group Championship shows also a ‘best of group’.
Once the competition begins the judge will make a quick assessment of the dogs standing together and then, if possible, the dogs will be moved together once up and down or around the ring. The judge’s main consideration will be merit but he/she may also consider uniformity of type.
Breeders’ Competition points are gained as follows and a minimum of 25 points are required to qualify for the final held at Crufts:

Getting started

This competition is free to take part in and is held at every Championship Show. All you need is a team of 3 or 4 dogs of the same breed at the show, which you have bred. Competitors enter on the day of the show and book in with their Breeders’ Competition Record Book. To obtain a record book you can pick one up at the Our Dogs Stand, the Kennel Club online shop or the Publications Department at the Kennel Club.
Entering the competition
is simple:

• The Breeder or his/her delegated
representative enters for the award and is responsible for arranging which exhibits form their breeder team.
• The Breeder’s team must comprise three or four exhibits of the same breed, all of which must be at the show. It is not a requirement for the same dogs to be exhibited at every show.
• The Breeder or his/her delegated
representative must complete the Record Book accurately with the details of their team and
present it to the show organisers to authorise entry to the competition.
• Entries will be accepted on the day of the show.
• All dogs must have the same registered
breeder.
• Advise the Ring Steward that you have entered, and present your Record Book when asked to do.
• The Judge should sign and date the Record Book of the awarded teams, and update it with the number of points won.

Please note:
• The ‘beaten dog’ rule does NOT apply.
• Best Breeder in Breed/AVNSC classes may go forward to compete for Best Breeder in Group award.
• The timing of the Breeders’ Competition Group judging varies from show to show. Further details can often be found in the show schedule, catalogue or from the show management on the day.
• Competitors should register their points on the competition leader board at the Our Dogs stand at General & Group Championship Shows attended. The leader board is published in Our Dogs newspaper and is part of an exclusive wider monthly feature about the competition.

Leader Board - Top 5