The canine crème de la crème are set to take Blackpool by storm this weekend, as thousands of dogs descend on Crown Fields in Westby for the annual Blackpool and District Canine Society Championship Dog Show.
Over 7,800 dogs will be taking part in the show, with more than 160 breeds of pedigree dog competing for the ultimate "Best in Show" prize, and for the chance to qualify for the world's greatest dog show, Crufts.
Included in the line-up over the three days of the show are 23 of the UK’s 29 most vulnerable breeds of dog – breeds that have a yearly registration figure of fewer than 300 puppies, which puts them at risk of dying out. Visitors will have the chance to see these breeds in action, and talk to experts to find out more about caring for healthy, happy dogs.
The show is one of 37 Group and General Championship Dog Shows licensed by the Kennel Club throughout the year which enable dogs to qualify for next year’s Crufts.
Each day will host different breeds of pedigree dog, which are divided into seven groups. On Friday 22nd June, visitors will get to see the Toy, Terrier and Utility groups being judged, followed by the Hound and Gundog groups on Saturday 23rd and the Pastoral and Working groups on Sunday 24th.
The seven group winners will then compete for the prestigious Best in Show award in the exciting climax of the show on Sunday.
Blackpool and District Canine Society Secretary, Stevie Hall, said: “The show is the perfect opportunity for dog lovers of all ages to see how much fun dog showing is, and visitors to the show will be able to see their favourite breeds doing what they love most.
"The show is referred to as ‘the show that will blow you away’, and this is very true, with lots going on over the weekend to keep everyone busy. The show is a great place to spend a day, and visitors can venture out into the UK’s premier seaside resort to rediscover the delights of boating, promenading and exploring the lush countryside surrounding Blackpool."