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Canine Christmas Cracker

Canine Christmas Cracker

Pictured getting into the Christmas spirit at Leamington Dog Training Club are Paul Gardner with, from left to right, Kay Henson and Hetty, and Cath Jones and Rory.

The biggest and last dog show of the year to take place at the Kennel Club Building at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire will be unleashed over Christmas as the countdown to Crufts gets underway.

Around 1,000 dogs will compete in the show on Saturday, December 28 that is open to all breeds and is organised by the Ashbourne & District Canine Society based in Derbyshire.

Around 70 dog shows are held each year at the Kennel Club Building, which is the UK’s only purpose-built venue for canine educational events from shows and training sessions to seminars and meetings.

As well as attracting the highest number of entries, the Ashbourne & District Canine Society’s dog show will be the last of the 2013 calendar to be staged at the Kennel Club Building.

The first of 2014 will be the Crufts semi-final for a discipline known as heelwork to music, made famous by dancing dog Pudsey on TV’s Britain’s Got Talent, which will take place on Saturday, January 25.

The top ten dogs will qualify for a coveted place in the final at Crufts, the world’s largest dog show which is being held at Birmingham’s NEC in March.

The building is run by the Kennel Club Educational Trust and supports the charity’s aim of providing opportunities to educate the public about dogs and responsible ownership.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said:

The building was one of the first purpose-built venues for dogs of its size in the UK when it was opened at Stoneleigh Park back in 2009 and since then we have seen the number of shows and training events taking place at the building double.
The dog-friendly facilities have made it a popular venue not only for dog shows and training but also for canine-related conferences and seminars. We hope the dogs and owners competing in the Ashbourne & District Canine Society’s open show make the most of the building and have a wonderful time at the show.

The building is also home to Leamington Dog Training Club which holds training there three times a week in sessions including agility, puppy training and obedience.

Paul Gardner, caretaker of the Kennel Club Building and secretary of Leamington Dog Training Club, said:

Between now and March, we’re expecting the building to be in regular use as the facilities here provide a great dress rehearsal for the dogs and their owners who will be competing at Crufts.

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