The two-day Border Union Dog Show expects to welcome over 6,000 dogs from over 200 breeds, all hoping to qualify for a place at Crufts next March.
The event at Springwood Park, in Kelso, takes place on 18th and 19th June is one of the largest in the UK. Spectators will also be treated to a rare glimpse of native Scottish breeds competing, such as the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Smooth Collie, Gorden Setter and Skye Terrier. Alongside these breeds there will also be some more well-known Scottish breeds such as the Golden Retriever, West Highland White Terrier and Rough Collie and Shetland Sheepdog.
The show offers a great opportunity for potential dog owners researching the right breed for them, and will be able to meet the dogs as well as talk the experts about their requirements, temperament and health.
Brian Stevenson, secretary of the show, said, "Ours is one of the largest dog shows held in Scotland as well as the UK, so naturally we are very proud of that fact. Kelso is a picturesque town in the Scottish Borders, ideal for a holiday weekend, so the show brings thousands of dog lovers to the area each year and we are expecting this year’s show to be bigger and better than ever. In fact, we have more than 200 caravanners staying on the site, so a wonderful holiday atmosphere is anticipated.
"The show is a huge celebration of man’s best friend and visitors will get to meet lots of wonderful dogs throughout the weekend, find out more about dog showing and the various activities they can get involved in with their own dog, and browse the doggy wares on more than 50 trade stands.
"Anyone thinking about getting a pedigree dog can come along and research their favourite breeds, as well as some of the lesser known breeds they may not even have heard of, and take the opportunity to meet the dogs themselves, which is definitely a favourite with families.”
Competition classes are held across the seven pedigree dog groups. Saturday 18th June will see the Working, Pastoral, Utility and Toy breeds competing, followed by the Gundog, Hound and Terrier breeds on Sunday 19th. Sunday also sees the climax of the competition – Best in Show – followed by Best Puppy in Show.
Entry to the show is £5 for adults and £3 for senior citizens and children under 14. Car parking is free. The public can bring ‘spectator dogs’ with them but they cannot compete.