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Competing in Stakes (Breed Showing)

Dog showing, or exhibiting as it is known, is the most popular canine activity in this country - Crufts is the highlight of the year for most competitors. At shows, the judge compares each dog against the official Kennel Club Breed Standard which is a guide for the characteristics for that breed, including health and temperament. The dogs which come closest to the Breed Standard receive the top places. If you have already been competing this year, you can click on the compete button below to see the year's YKC show results!

What is YKC Stakes?

Could your dog become a Crufts champion? Dog showing is the most popular canine activity and is a great way to show everyone why your dog is the best in the world.  All pedigree dogs can take part in dog showing at championship and open dog shows and you could even take part in the world's greatest dog show, Crufts.

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Getting Started

Your dog needs to be registered with the Kennel Club on the Breed Register to be shown, and be 6 months of age or over. If you would like to practice at a ringcraft club before entering a show then click the button below for training and socialisation in your local area. Also make sure your dog is Fit For Function: Fit for Life

Click to start training

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Compete

Each pedigree dog is judged against the official Kennel Club Breed Standard. The Breed Standard is a guide for the characteristics for each breed and covers every part of the dog, including health and temperament. The dogs which are judged to be the closest to the Breed Standard win the top awards making their owners very proud.

Click to start competing

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