Information for New Exhibitors


Is this your first show - do not be daunted by the prospect of entering your dog, you will be most welcome.
Points to note:

  • To attend the show your dog must be entered (entry forms will be available on Fosse Data or from the Secretary or Treasurer)

  • Your dog must be at least 6 months of age on the day of the show.

  • To enter a specific class your dog must be registered with the Kennel Club (and be a pedigree dog).

  • Take care in considering which class is right for your dog (take advice if unsure) - There is no obligation to enter more than one class.

  • You may find it useful to take your dog to ringcraft classes to gain experience on how to show your dog - your local ringcraft society details can be obtained from the Kennel Club.

  • Please complete the entry form Clearly and remember to send the correct fee.
    (Only complete one line per dog and list multiple classes where applicable in the class box)

  • The ATC number refers to the Authority to Compete Number, which is issued to overseas exhibitors (UK registered dogs do not have an ATC number)

  • Entries must be dated and received by the closing date.  This is given as a postmark date or an Online date

  • If your dog's breed is not listed in the schedule then you can enter the Any Variety Not Separately Classified classes (AVNSC) - these are for those breeds not separately listed.  

    • The Any Variety Classes (AV) are open to all breeds, and are effectively a second opportunity to show your dog.

    • Imported Register breeds can only be shown in Imported Register classes (IR)

    • You should familiarize yourself with the KC rules

If you have any questions please contact the Secretary Mrs Jeni Rose

Cocker Spaniels
The basics of showing



In the first few weeks of having the puppy you should have spent a few minutes every day touching

every part of the puppy to get them used to being “gone over”. Confidence is how a dog shows

itself to advantage so you need to socialise and expose them to as many new environments as

possible. Once the vaccinations are complete and you have both attended a basic obedience

class you are ready to sign up for ‘ring craft’. Ring craft is dog training specifically designed to

teach you how to handle and present a dog at a show.


When you first start your puppy will need lots of encouragement, you will learn how to

‘stack/ present a dog (Stand it), good lead and treat management and how to run a dog. It all

sounds pretty easy but in practice but there is much to take in and very easy to make a good dog

look bad. 


Remember ringcraft is a place to learn, some members have been showing for many years and are

true fonts of information so don’t be shy and ask lots of questions!




Showing is presenting your dog in its best condition and you will have more success if the dog is kept fit and well-muscled; a fit dog will always out move a fat dog!


Allow enough time before the show to bath and groom your dog, as a smelly dog is not pleasant for the judge to go over. There is a mind boggling plethora of grooming equipment and brushes that can be bought and some look truly alien, your original breeder should be able to help and advise.


Stacking (stand)


There are 2 main ways to stack, one is to ‘hand stack’ this is where the handler places the dogs feet and the other is ‘free standing’ this is where the dog walks into positon without being touched. 


Some breeds are shown free standing and you would be penalised by hand stacking, you need to learn which is customary for your breed however on the whole it is up to you how you would like to stack/ present the dog. 


Hand stacking-Pick up the front leg by the elbow (not the foot or lower leg) and place back down, with the aid of gravity you will find the leg is perfectly vertical under the dog. To place the back legs lift from the hock and again let gravity do the work, when looking over the top of the dog his/ her legs should be no wider than the width of their body, if you can see feet then you need to try again. (Never lift the dog completely off of the ground to stack always do one leg at a time).


Free standing- Walk the dog into position with a loose lead, you can walk slightly forwards towards the dog which makes them reposition their feet if need be.


Whatever method you use the dog should look as is his/her feet are on all 4 corners of a square and balanced; If your dog looks like it is leaning or is ‘seesawed’ you need to try again (with exception to the german shepherd).


Tip-Practice in front of a mirror at home so you can see what you are doing.


Always stack to your dog’s advantage, most are shown side however ‘bull’ breeds tend to be shown head on or at 45 degree angle, look in your breed ring to see what it the most common way to present the dog. Many small and toy breeds are shown on a table you must learn how to safely pick up the dog. 



Gaiting (movement)


The ‘gait’ is referring to the dogs movement, you want to show off your dogs movement as best as possible by moving at a controlled trot in flowing harmony with one another. There are many breeds and all are built differently and so in turn move differently, you need to determine what is the best speed for your dog  and the best way to do this is to utilise the help of a friend with a camera and have them video you so you can play back and see for yourself what looks good and what doesn’t.


There is no firm and fast rule on how to hold the lead when running, some people ‘string’ which means the chain or collar is held up high behind the dogs ears and others run with a loose lead, however way you do it you mustn’t allow your dog to gallop it doesn’t look good nor do you have complete control which is problematic when running sandwiched between other competitors. 


If you choose to ‘string’ the pressure should only be light and should never be so taught that the dogs front feet are taken off of the ground, this can cause injury and is poor handling.

Quick tips


  • Dogs like a horse should be worked on the left hand side.

  • Use video camera’s and mirrors to help aid with training 

  • Reward puppies often and keep it fun

  • Use high prize treats like chicken or ham.

  • Keep your dog between you and the judge 



What to take to a show


  1. If it is a benched championship you need a ‘benching chain’ this secures the dog to the bench.

  2. ‘Show set’ this is the lead and collar/ chain.

  3. Treat bag

  4. Plenty of delicious treats 

  5. Basic grooming equipment such as a brush and wipes in case the dog gets muddy in the car park. 

  6. Crate/ cage for none benched shows.

  7. Ring clip


At the show


Upon arrival you should find the catalogue stand and pick up the catalogue (if you have ordered one), it will list your number and how many entries are in the class. Find your ring and set yourself up somewhere where you can see it and hear when your class is called. 


When you enter the ring there will be a ring steward who will give you your exhibiters number, clip this to your ring clip and ensure it is not covered. On your first show I suggest going in the middle so you can watch what the others do and what the judge asks of them.


Like a horse a dog is always worked on the left, so the lead and the dog will be on your left leaving your right hand free for treats. Never get between the dog and the judge and keep an eye on where he is in the ring and move around the dog accordingly (this is called orbiting).



Show class Definitions 


MINOR PUPPY- For dogs of six and not exceeding nine calendar months of age on the first day of the Show. 

PUPPY-For dogs of six and not exceeding twelve calendar months of age on the first day of the Show. 

JUNIOR-For dogs of six and not exceeding eighteen calendar months of age on the first day of the Show. 

YEARLING-For dogs of twelve and not exceeding twenty four calendar months of age on the first day of the Show.

BEGINNERS MAIDEN- For owner, handler or exhibit not having won a first prize at a Championship or Open Show. 

NOVICE-For dogs which have not won a Challenge Certificate or a First Prize at an Open or Championship show (Minor Puppy, Special Minor Puppy, Puppy and Special Puppy classes excepted, whether restricted or not).


GRADUATE-For dogs which have not won a Challenge Certificate or four or more First Prizes at Championship Shows in Graduate, Post Graduate, Minor Limit, Mid Limit, Limit and Open classes, whether restricted or not where Challenge Certificates were offered for the breed.


POST GRADUATE-For dogs which have not won a Challenge Certificate or five or more First Prizes at Championship Shows in Post Graduate, Minor Limit, Mid Limit, Limit and Open classes, whether restricted or not where Challenge Certificates were offered for the breed.


LIMIT-For dogs which have not become show Champions under the Kennel Club Regulations or under the rules of any governing body recognised by the Kennel Club or won 7 or more First Prizes in all at Championship Shows in Limit or Open Classes confined to the Breed, whether restricted or not at Shows where Challenge Certificates were offered for the breed. 

OPEN-For all dogs of the breed for which the class is provided and eligible for entry at the Show. 

VETERAN-For dogs of not less than seven years of age on the first day of the Show. 


AVNSC-(Any Variety not separately classified), this class should only be entered if there is not a breed class available.  


AV- (Any variety)- Any breed of dog can enter, I advise only doing this class as a puppy as the adult class does not qualify for group.

Where to Enter

There are several websites online dedicated to UK shows where you can search for the events and enter online, these are-




If you fancy travelling further afield for a show you can enter shows in Belgium, France, Germany, Montenegro, Netherlands and Switzerland at-