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General Show Information 

MOST IMPORTANTLY - THE JUDGES' DECISIONS ARE ALWAYS ABSOLUTELY FINAL!!!

We expect our judges to discount any friendships/allegiances they may have whilst officiating.

We expect our participants to not expect any favourable treatment from our judges if they've contributed to our shows in any way - this includes sponsoring classes, donating raffle prizes, running a peripheral activity or assisting with booking in etc.

Our indoor shows are generally held at Daventry Community Centre, Northamptonshire.  Here is a link with more information.

 There are a few rules that apply to our shows.  Some relate specifically to Kennel Club (KC) Licensed Companion Dog Shows, and are documented below.

The KC has it's own Code of Conduct, which it enforces.  The vast majority of our events are KC-licensed, and so their Code of Conduct applies to these events, in addition to those which are documented here.

Please pay very close attention to the Kennel Club rules relating to posting on Social Media, particularly the text around there being 'no such thing as a private social media site' - this also includes groups which are classified as 'closed', 'private' or 'secret'. 

 Challenge Certificate (or any award that counts towards the title of champion under the rules of any governing body recognised by the Kennel Club), Reserve Challenge Certificate or Junior Warrant winners are not eligible for entry in the pedigree classes.  They may, however, be entered in the novelty classes. 

Puppies under 6 months old are not eligible for exhibition. 

The Kennel Club categorise pedigree breeds into Groups - Gundog, Hound, Pastoral, Terrier, Toy, Utility & Working.  Some Companion Dog Shows will offer a pedigree class for each Group; sometimes they are combined into a single class (e.g. AV Gundog & Hound, AV Working & Pastoral etc); sometimes they are classified as AV Sporting & AV Non-Sporting - Gundog, Hound & Terrier are classified as AV Sporting; Pastoral, Toy, Utility & Working are classified as AV Non-Sporting.  If you see AV Puppy, AV Junior, AV Special Yearling, AV Yearling, AV Open or AV Veteran within the pedigree section at a Companion Show, any pedigree breed may enter that particular class (as long as it satisifies other class criteria - e.g. age parameters).

At Heart of England Dog Shows events, it is the exhibitor's responsibility to ensure they only enter their dog(s) into the class(es) they are eligible to participate in.  If you're unsure, ask a show official or see here for details of which breeds belong to the various groups. 

Lastly, though a dog must be of a recognised Kennel Club pedigree breed to participate in the pedigree classes at a KC licensed Companion Dog Show, it does not need to be registered with the Kennel Club - i.e. it doesn't need to have a formal registered KC name and/or 'papers'.

In the interests of the enjoyment and safety of all, the following rules apply to both our Companion and Fun Dog Shows:

Please always treat everybody involved in running our dog shows politely and with respect - remember, we're all volunteers and want to enjoy ourselves at the event too! 

Please be respectful of the show venue and always clear up after your dogs.

Please don't ask us to look after your dogs and/or belongings during one of our events - we're all (more than!) fully occupied trying to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible and don't have any excess capacity!

Where classes are age-specific (e.g. Puppy, Veteran etc), the specified ranges must be adhered to.

Please do not bring bitches in season to any show. 

Dogs must be kept on leads at all times unless otherwise instructed, or, if controlled and participating in a Tricks class. 

Children must be kept under control and supervised by an adult at all times, the adult being responsible for the child’s actions.  In the interests of safety and as a mark of respect to our exhibitors and their dogs, children must not be allowed to run around and/or shout/scream.

Before attempting to stroke any dog, always ask the owner's permission, and respect their response.  If the owner says it's OK, approach the dog slowly and gently - avoid sudden, unexpected movements, and never run or ride bicycles/scooters/skateboards etc, or shout or scream in the vicinity of dogs at events such as Fun and Companion Dog Shows. 

Please make sure that no dog is brought to any show which has contracted or has been knowingly exposed to any infectious or contagious disease during the 21 days prior to the show, or is suffering from a condition which adversely affects its health or welfare.

And, the following guidelines relating to DOGS IN CARS ON HOT DAYS apply to ALL of our shows:

Your dog is vulnerable and at risk during hot weather and the following guidance is offered to help guide you through the dos and don’ts of travelling to, and whilst at, Fun and Companion Dog Shows. 

When travelling to a show please take a moment to consider whether the route to the show is on a busy holiday route and leave earlier to avoid increased time in traffic jams.

If your vehicle is not air-conditioned, seriously consider whether travelling to the show is a good idea at all.

The vehicle should be as fully ventilated as possible and plenty of stops should be taken, with lots of water available to drink.

Ensure your dog is not sitting in full sunlight.  There should be plenty of free flowing air around the dog.

When at the show, never leave your dog in the vehicle.

Keep your dog in the shade – take your own shade, for example a large umbrella.

Avoid your dog taking part in unnecessary exertion, or from standing in exposed sunlight for extended lengths of time.

Remember – if you feel hot, your dog is very likely to feel much hotter and dehydrated and this could lead to dire results.  Please look after your dog’s welfare at all times. 

Your dog is vulnerable and AT RISK if left in a vehicle in high temperatures and even on days considered as slightly warm.  Please take care of your dog.

IF YOUR DOG IS FOUND TO BE AT RISK, FORCIBLE ENTRY TO YOUR VEHICLE MAY BE NECESSARY WITHOUT LIABILITY FOR ANY DAMAGE CAUSED.

Please note that if we're asked to be involved in a show for others (CDS or FDS), they may well have their own rules and regulations that they will document and impose.  Therefore, please always refer to the overall organisers of an event to check detailed rules and regulations.