Racecourse to host dog show

More than 6,200 dogs from more than 150 breeds will be descending on Wetherby from October 1 to 4 for the popular Driffield Agricultural Society Championship Dog Show as it returns to the Racecourse.

The show, now in its 40th year, will see dogs from all over the country compete for a chance to qualify for the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts, which is held at the NEC in Birmingham next March.

The pedigree dogs taking part will be judged on a number of factors in the ring, including temperament and that they are fit, healthy and happy dogs that are good examples of their breed, as they compete for the ultimate ‘Best in Show’ prize.

The show is one of the largest gatherings of dogs in the country and will see rare native British breeds competing, such as the Corgi, Skye Terrier and Deerhound, whose numbers are so low they are considered by the Kennel Club to be at risk of disappearing from the UK’s streets and parks.

Alongside these breeds will be some of the more well-known ones such as the Labrador, Chihuahua and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Visitors can meet the dogs as well as talk to experts in each breed about finding a good breeder, what to expect from the breed, and training and care requirements.

Martin Freeman, secretary of the show, said: “The show brings thousands of dog lovers to the area each year and 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, find out more about dog showing and the various activities they can get involved in with their own dog, and browse the doggy wares on the trade stands.”

Competition classes are held across the seven pedigree dog groups.

Thursday October 1 will see the Working and Pastoral breeds competing, followed by the Gundog breeds on Friday 2, the Hound and Terrier breeds on Saturday 3 and the Toy and Utility breeds on Sunday 4.

Sunday also sees the climax of the competition – Best in Show.

Entry to the show is free and car parking is £5 per car.

Only dogs entered into the show are permitted at the event.