This weekend we will make our way to Darlington Championship show at Ripon Racecourse in North Yorkshire from 15th – 17th September .
British and Irish native dog breeds, including some very rare ones, will be among the more than 7,000 dogs which will descend upon one of the largest events of its kind in the UK.
The show is one of the largest gatherings of dogs in the UK and will see rare British and Irish breeds competing in a bid to qualify for the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts, which will be held at the NEC in Birmingham next March. You will see Breeds such as the Black & Tan English Toy Terrier, Smooth Collie, Sealyham Terrier, Irish Red & White Setter, Miniature Bull Terrier, Otterhound, Lancashire Heeler, Bloodhound, Mastiff and Sussex Spaniel.
These breeds are bred in such small numbers today that they are considered by the Kennel Club to be at risk of disappearing from Britain’s streets and parks. Alongside these breeds will be some of the more well-known breeds such as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Border Collie, Irish Setter, Whippet, Labrador Retriever, Boxer, Poodle, Dachshund, English Springer Spaniel and Pug.
Admission to the show is free and car parking costs £10. If you are not competing you can bring your own dogs with you to the show, for a fee of £5, but you will have to sign a declaration that your dog is free from any illness and ensure their dog is under control at all times. Spectator dogs may not compete at the show and must be at least six months of age.
The address is: The Racecourse, Boroughbridge Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 1UG: