THOUSANDS OF dogs are set to put their best paw forward at Harewood House in a qualifier for Crufts.
The Leeds Championship Dog Show next month will feature more than 7,000 canines.
The July 21 to 23 show will see 200 breeds and owners from all over the UK vie for a spot at Crufts next March.
Liz Stannard, secretary of the Leeds show, said: “Ours is the largest dog show in Yorkshire as well as one of the biggest in the UK. We are expecting this year’s show to be bigger and better than ever.
“The show is a huge celebration of man’s best friend and visitors will get to meet lots of wonderful dogs throughout the weekend.”
Highlights include seeing some rare British and Irish breeds competing, such as the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and Irish Water Spaniel. These type of dogs are bred in such small numbers today that they are considered by the Kennel Club to be at risk of disappearing from Britain’s streets and parks.
In addition to breed judging, the show is holding Kennel Club graded obedience testing. Visitors can watch a range of events and find out more about the different activities that dogs can get involved in.
The show is perfect for families researching the right breed of dog for them, and visitors will be able to meet the dogs themselves as well as talk to experts in each breed, what to expect from the breed, and training and care requirements.
The show secretary added: “Anyone thinking about getting a pedigree dog can come along and research their favourite breeds, as well as some of the lesser known breeds they may not even have heard of, and take the opportunity to meet the dogs themselves, which is definitely a favourite with families.”
Entry to the show is free but car parking costs £5. The public can bring their own dogs with them for a fee of £10, but they will need to follow several rules. For more information see www.highampress.co.uk/leeds.pdf.