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Leeds Championship Dog Show - 21st to 23rd July

Seven thousand dogs are expected to descend on the Harewood Estate later this month for the annual Leeds Championship Dog Show - one of the largest events of its kind.

Visitors could expect to see more than 200 breeds, including some very rare ones, as their owners compete to qualify for Crufts 2017. Pedigree dogs taking part will be judged on a number of factors in the ring, including temperament and that they are fit, health and happy dogs.

The show will see rare British and Irish breeds competing, such as the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Irish Water Spaniel, Deerhound, Mastiff, Cardigan Corgi, Irish Red & White Setter, King Charles Spaniel, Smooth Fox Terrier, Sussex Spaniel and Skye Terrier.

Dandie Dinmont Terriers. Photo by Marc Henrie, Kennel Club

Alongside these breeds will be some more well-known breeds such as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Border collie, Whippet and labrador Retriever.

The show is also holding the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme bronze award obedience testing. The show is perfect for families researching potential breeds for their family, and they'll get to speak to the experts about what to expect, training and care requirements.

Liz Stannard, secretary of the show, said, "Ours is the largest dog show in Yorkshire as well as one of the biggest in the UK and naturally we are very proud of that fact. With the historic and beautiful venue of Harewood House, the show is very popular with summer holidaymakers and brings thousands of dog lovers to the area each year. We are expecting this year’s show to be bigger and better than ever.

"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 many dog products on the 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."

The show is one of 37 Group and General Championship Dog Shows licensed by the Kennel Club throughout the year. Entry is free and car parking costs £5. The public can bring their own dogs for a fee of £10 and must sign a declaration that their dog is free from any illness.

To find out more, visit the event's page. For more information on dog showing, visit the Kennel Club's website.