YOUR FIRST DOG SHOW
(Hopefully the first of many)

So you have your poodle and you would like to show in a Breed show, but where do you start.

First of all your dog has to be registered with the Kennel Club, you will have received a pedigree when you bought your dog, on it there will be a registration number which you need to use if you want to enter a dog show, if you have not received this, contact your breeder, and they will supply you with same.

Next where do you find dog shows, most of the dogs shows held under the Irish kennel club can be viewed online www.dogshowentry.ie  and www.fossedata.co.uk (under the Irish section) you will have to register your details and that of your dogs before you can enter any dogs show. You can also contact the Irish Kennel club and they will post you a booklet with all the shows held in the Republic of Ireland for the year.

If you go to these sites and have registered your details you can then look at classes suited for your dog. You can also enter by post; the closing date by post is usually earlier than that of online entries.

There are different types of shows, Limit, Open, Championship and International show.

Depending on the age to start with, you can enter baby puppy between 4-6 months,  dogs from this class can only be shown at Breed Club shows, then it is on to puppy class which you can remain in until your dog is 12 months old, next class is Junior which you dog will be eligible for from 9 months until it reaches the age of 18 months, you can however keep you dog in puppy until it is 12 months old. After Junior class it is then into Intermediate class which is for the age group 15 to 24 months, the same applies as for the junior class you can move your dog up a class when it is old enough for the next class, except for Champion class, which obviously is for Champions confirmed by the kennel club. After Intermediate class there is Open class which is for dogs over the age of 15 months on the day of the show, if you have a Champion you can enter the Open class instead of the Champion class if you wish. When you have obtained your Champion certificate you can enter Champion Class. Finally there is Veteran for dogs or bitches over the age of 8 years old. Veteran Champion can also enter Champion class but can only enter either Veteran or Champion not both.

There are other classes you can also enter, when you get the hand of showing, if you have two dogs of the same breed and preferably the same colour, you can enter Brace class, they do not have to be the same sex just the same breed, if you have a puppy you can also enter for puppy stakes and again if you have a champion you can enter the champion stakes. All in all you can have a great fun day out and makes lots of new friends.

When you get to your first show, if you have entered online and it is a champion show, you will have received the number for you and your dog by post in nearly all cases. Most open shows you collect your number at the show. This number must be displayed clearly on your left hand side when you are in the ring, so the judge and ring steward can see it clearly, you can get pins to hold you number on, or special pins with your breed on it (these you can buy at most shows at the stands) or arm bands that hold your number.

It is a good idea to go to a show and look for your breed, have a look at how the ring is run, where the dogs stand and what you will be asked to do with your dog.

Classes start with dogs first then bitches, and in the ring you will be placed numerically.  Usually the judge will ask all the entrants to go around the ring so they can look at all the dogs on the move, when they go to go over each dog (inspect up close) for toy, miniature and medium poodles, you will be expected to stack your dog on the table; it is best to put your dog up front and centre of the table with the dog looking to your right. The judge may ask you how old your dog is, but will not and should not ask about breeding of your dog. At this stage when they have gone over your dog, which is generally between 2-2.5 mins they will ask you to either run away from them and back to them, and then in a circle or triangle, when you have completed this, come back and stand or stack your dog in front of the judge for them to have a last look at your dog. Standard poodles are not put on tables they are stood or stacked in front of the judges table.

The judge will then place dogs 1st to 4th, but this may change on their final assessment or look at the dogs. It is not always the way the final placement is. After this the judge or steward will give you a card with your grading on it.  For puppies it will be either very promising or promising. If you win the puppy class graded very promising, you will go for best puppy in breed, which is open to dogs and bitches. if in turn you win this you will enter best puppy in group, and again if you win this you will go forward for best puppy in show .

If you win your class and are graded excellent or very promising (in the case of a puppy very promising) you can challenge for the green star, and you will be given a card and/or Rosette with green star written on it. The class for Green star dog and bitch will be after the Veteran class for each of the dog and bitch classes. (After a few weeks you will receive in the post a lovely Green Star Certificate from the Kennel Club) After the judge has chosen the best bitch and best dog they challenge for the Best of Breed, which is the best in the judge’s opinion to enter for the group to represent your particular breed. The group is made up of all different breeds of dogs.  In the Irish Kennel Club there are 10 groups, for instance poodles are in group 9 (there are approx 31 different breeds in group 9).  Out of each group 9 winners they will compete for the group 9 over all winner; when that dog or bitch wins their group they then go in for Best in Show with the other 9 group winners, and finally if you are really lucky have done your work well and have an excellent dog you may become Best in Show.

When you arrive to a show you will need your grooming equipment, a table for your dog to prepare your dog for you class and a crate to keep you dog in safely. Bring a water bowl for your dog, and some food if needed, they do not always want a drink but it should be available for them when necessary, and don’t forget the poo bags.

Find your ring, it will be in the Schedule.  You can purchase a Catalogue at a show or buy when entering the show.  You need to know where you should be and at what time.  You need to watch for you class and give yourself plenty of time to prepare your dog for the ring. 

ALWAYS pick up after your dog. Sometimes they have accidents in the ring,  have a bag in your pocket, stop and clean up after your dog, usually someone ring side will help you.

Remember especially with a puppy not every dog is friendly, a dog lunging at a pup or growling could frighten them and put them off showing for life, this is unusual but it can happen so please keep your dog with you and on a short lead. When you set up your table, I think it is a good idea to bring your dog for a short walk or training session outside, just a short one, to get them used to the noise and know what to expect, not too much, you don’t want to tire them out.

If your dog is aged between six and eighteen months you can apply for a Junior Diploma award and title. To do so, you must first request a Junior Diploma card from the IKC. You could either phone the Irish Kennel club on 01 453 3300 or email them at ikenclub@indigo.ie  and they will post a card out to you. Bring this card to each show so that the judge can sign for each place awarded. Championship and Open shows count towards the Junior Diploma. Your dog will have to earn 12 points in total, made up of two class wins at Championship shows (two points each) and eight class wins at Open shows (one point each). Multiple wins at one show do not count, but a bonus of two points will be given on one occasion for a group win. When you have the right number of points, sign the card and send it to the IKC, Fottrell House, Harold's Cross Bridge  Dublin 6W, and the Junior Diploma Certificate will be sent to you.

Your dog may also earn the title of Junior Champion if it has placed first in five Junior classes in its breed, and was graded Excellent by the Judge at Championship Shows. Owners can apply to the IKC  (at the address given above) for this certification with details of the shows at which the classes and correct  grading were won. You will have kept you cards with your grading on, so you can check this yourself.  I think it is best to photo copy these cards and send the photo copy to the Kennel Club. Once confirmation is received, the title can be added after the dog’s name.

A dog can also win the title of Annual Champion in its breed. This is awarded to the dog or bitch that achieved the highest number of Green Stars over five in the course of a year. If there is a tie between two dogs, the award falls to the dog with the greater number of Best in Breed wins.

There are 3 sometimes 4 international shows held in Ireland each year, these shows are where you can compete for  a CACIB (Certificats d’Aptitude au Championnat International de Beauté)

The CACIB award is an international certificate for dogs from all breeds. Winners of the Intermediate, Open and Champion classes who have received an Excellent grade can compete for this award. There is also a Reserve CACIB award for dogs with an excellent grade that missed out on the top CACIB award.

Join the breed club, The Secretary of the Poodle club of Ireland is Rose Mc Cabe, and her contact details can be found on this web site. The club will give you information and help on showing if you ask; talk to other competitors, it’s a nice way to make friends, and the most important thing I believe is “you bring the best dog home” if you win or lose, you still love your dog and your dog loves you. And remember, every year the Poodle Club of Ireland have their own show, a fun way to meet new people and other poodles.

One other thing NEVER leave you dog in the car alone in the heat, having the window opened a bit is not enough air on a warm day for dogs as they can suffer heat stroke and die.

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Show Calendar
2017

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Date Show Judges List
10th March 2017 CRUFTS
17th March 2017 ST. PATRICK'S CELTIC WINNER ALL BREED INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
18th March 2017 ST. PATRICK'S CELTIC WINNER ALL BREED INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
1st April 2017 BANBRIDGE CANINE CLUB ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
2nd April 2017 PORTADOWN CANINE CLUB ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
15th April 2017 COMBINED CANINE CLUB ALL BREED INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
16th April 2017 COMBINED CANINE CLUB ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
22nd April 2017 MID WEST CANINE CLUB ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
29th April 2017 SOUTH TIPPERARY CANINE CLUB ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
30th April 2017 FERMOY CANINE CLUB INTERNATIONAL ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
13th May 2017 HIBERNIAN ALL BREED DOG CLUB ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
27th May 2017 IRISH TOY / COMPANION DOG SOCIETY GROUP CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
3rd June 2017 MUNSTER CANINE ASSOCIATION ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
4th June 2017 CORK & DISTRICT CANINE CLUB ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
17th June 2016 SWORDS & DISTRICT ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
24th June 2017 KILKENNY & DISTRICT ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
25th June 2017 DEISE CANINE CLUB ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
1st July 2017 BRAY & DISTRICT ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
2nd July 2017 ALL IRELAND TOY DOG CLUB GROUP CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW  
8th July 2017 IRISH LADIES KENNEL ASSOCIATION ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
15th July 2017 SLIGO & DISTRICT CANINE CLUB ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
22nd July 2017 MUNSTER AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
29th July 2017 NEWTOWNARDS & DISTRICT ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
6th August 2017 DUN LAOGHAIRE CANINE SOCIETY ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
12th August 2017 COLELRAINE CANINE CLUB ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
20th August 2017 CLONMEL & DISTRICT CANINE CLUB ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW  
22nd August 2017 KILLARNEY & DISTRICT ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW  
24th August 2017 LIMERICK & DISTRICT ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
26th August 2017 TRALEE & DISTRICT ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
2nd September 2017 BANGOR & NORTH DOWN ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW  
16th September 2017 CARLOW & DISTRICT ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW  
25th September 2017 BELFAST DOG SHOW SOCIETY ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW  
7th October 2017 I.K.C. INTERNATIONAL ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW  
8tt October 2017 I.K.C. INTERNATIONAL ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW  
30th October 2017 ALL IRELAND BULL BREEDS ASSOCIATION ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW  
18th November 2017 CLOGHRAN ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW  
27th December 2017 DUBLIN DOG SHOW SOCIETY ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
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Show Calendar
2014
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Date Show Judges List
Thursday 8th March 2014 CRUFTS
Saturday 15th March 2014 ST. PATRICK'S CELTIC WINNER ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Saturday 13th April 2014 PORTADOWN CANINE CLUB ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Sunday 14th April 2014 BANBRIDGE CANINE CLUB ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Saturday 19th April 2014 COMBINED CANINE INTERNATIONAL ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Saturday 3rd May 2014 FERMOY CANINE CLUB INTERNATIONAL ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Sunday 4th May 2014 SOUTH TIPPERARY CANINE CLUB ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Sunday 11th May 2014 NEWTOWNARDS & DISTRICT INTERNATIONAL ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Saturday 17th May 2014 HIBERNIAN ALL BREED DOG CLUB ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Saturday 24th May 2014 IRISH TOY / COMPANION DOG SOCIETY GROUP CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Saturday 31st May 2014 MUNSTER CANINE ASSOCIATION ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Sunday 1st June 2014 CORK & DISTRICT CANINE CLUB ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Saturday 21st June 2014 SWORDS & DISTRICT ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Saturday 28th June 2014 KILKENNY & DISTRICT ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Sunday 29th June 2014 DEISE CANINE CLUB ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Saturday 5th July 2014 BRAY & DISTRICT ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Sunday 6th July 2014 ALL IRELAND TOY DOG CLUB GROUP CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Saturday 12th July 2014 IRISH LADIES KENNEL ASSOCIATION ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Sunday 13th July 2014 ALL IRELAND BULL BREEDS ASSOCIATION ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Saturday 19th July 2014 SLIGO & DISTRICT CANINE CLUB ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Sunday 3rd August 2014 DUN LAOGHAIRE CANINE SOCIETY ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Sunday 17th August 2014 CLONMEL & DISTRICT CANINE CLUB ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Tuesday 19th August 2014 KILLARNEY & DISTRICT ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Thursday 21st August 2014 LIMERICK & DISTRICT ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Saturday 23rd August 2014 TRALEE & DISTRICT ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Saturday 6th September 2014 BANGOR & NORTH DOWN ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Saturday 20th September 2014 CARLOW & DISTRICT ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Sunday 30th September 2014 BELFAST DOG SHOW SOCIETY ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Saturday 4th October 2014 I.K.C. INTERNATINOAL ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Sunday 5th October 2014 I.K.C. NATIONAL ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Saturday15th November 2014 CLOGHRAN ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
Saturday 27th December 2014 DUBLIN DOG SHOW SOCIETY ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
   

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Poodle Club of Ireland
Breed Championship Show will be held on
Saturday May 24th 2014
 at the National Show
Centre, Cloghran, Co Dublin.
Judging starts at 10am.
The Schedule is available from the Secretary Mrs. Rose McCabe
 or entries can be taken on line at www.dogshowentry.ie

Judge: Mrs Sue Holmes (Suraliam

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