Showing your Afghan Hound is a great way to see the country and meet new people. Training your puppy from an early age helps, local ringcraft clubs can help with this. Contact the Kennel Club for information on local societies.
UK Shows Levels
There are three main levels of shows approved by the Kennel Club
Limited: these shows are open to KC registered dogs with entries open only to club members.
Open: entries at open shows can be made with any KC registered dog, whilst membership of the club in this category is not required.
Championship: it is at this level of KC registered shows that Challenge Certificates are offered, thus providing opportunities to win "Champion" status for shown dogs. Entries can be made with any KC registered dog and once again club membership is not a requirement.
So what will you be asked to do?
Well it is actually pretty simple, first of all every dog entered in the class will go into the ring and line up down one side. This will be pointed out to you by the stewards who are there to keep the ring in order for the judges.Your dog should always be to your left whenever you are in the ring.
Your dog needs to be stood squarely and calmly at this point and the judge will walk up the line and take a preliminary look at all the dogs in the class. Then you may be asked to move around the ring all together but this does not always happen, once this is done each dog will be seen individually by the judge. Watching where the other exhibitors stand will give you a good idea of where to go and how to do it. This is to allow the judge to get 'hands on' your dog and check the structure beneath.
Once your dog has been examined then you will be asked to move him or her, usually a triangle followed by straight up and down, keep your lines straight and move your dog around the corners on your inside closest to the judge, make use of the full ring.
Once you have finished your last run the judge may want to have another look at your dog so make sure they are stood squarely, practising this at home is very beneficial so your dog knows what is expected of it.
You will return to the end of the line and once all the class dogs have been seen you will need to stand your dog once more for the judge to make their final decision. You may be asked to move once more before final placing, listen to the judges instructions carefully and keep an eye on your fellow exhibitors.
Once the decisions have been made the dogs will be placed according to the judges preference from 1st downwards.
Don't forget that judging is subjective, we all see the world in different ways and this will mean some judges may place you, some may not.
Ring Do's and Don'ts
- Do not start a conversation with the judge when your dog is being examined
- Do not allow your dog to sniff or upset other exhibits
- Do not allow your dog to run into or up close to the dog in front when moving as a group
- Do not be a bad sport of you do not win 'every dog has his day'
- Do not get stressed if your dog misbehaves on the move, simply and calmly go back to the start and try again
- Do be polite to fellow exhibitors, the judge and the stewards
- Do make a mental note of who was the first dog seen so you can be ready
- Do make sure your dog looks their best should the judge turn around
- Do enjoy it and remember even the seasoned exhibitors get nervous, that's why we do it, for the adrenalin!