Applications have opened for the Newport Show Dog Show – one of the top events of its kind in the Midlands.
More than 500 pedigree breeds and their owners from across the country are expected to contest titles at the show, on July 9.
Five new breeds have been added to the schedule of more than 200 classes with three winners of the Best in Show titles guaranteed a place at next year’s Crufts.
Canine Secretary Dave Shoemark said the dog show was one of the Midlands’ larger events that had grown in popularity over the years.
“Newport is the one of the largest one-day agricultural shows in the region and the dog show is a firm fixture in many dog breeders’ calendars.
“We get anywhere from 450 to 550 dogs on show and that is a vast number for a dog show that is part of another event. The dog show has developed an excellent reputation over the years and some people travel hundreds of miles just to compete with their dogs,” he said.
The 213 classes are divided into seven different groups of dog – gun, toy, working, pastoral, hound, utility and terrier. There are new classes this year for the Irish Wolfhound, Deerhounds, Ibizan Hound, Norwich Terrier and Glen of Imaal Terrier.
The three Crufts qualifiers will be the dogs that win Best in Show, reserve Best in Show and Best Puppy in Show. That will be decided by one of the eight judges, Moray Armstrong who won Crufts in 2010 with his Hungarian Vizsla, Yogi.
The dog’s handler John Thirwall is another member of the judging panel.
All dogs must be Kennel Club registered to take part. Full details and online entries can be found here.
Alternatively, owners can download a schedule and apply by post.
The deadline for online entries is June 17. Postal applications must be submitted by June 6.
The dog show is one part of a packed programme at the Newport Show. It also includes a new Festival of Food including demonstrations by Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, a Street Food market and Little Foodies marquee, a host of family entertainment,schools marquee, a focus on horticulture and a craft fair as well as hotly contested livestock and equine competitions.
To buy advance tickets for the show, go to www.newportshow.co.uk or call 0845 467 1889. Membership packages that offer additional privileges are also available.