Crufts Obedience Championships
There are several Obedience competitions at Crufts:
The Obedience Championships
are split over 2 days (Friday & Saturday) resulting in
the Obedience Championship Bitch on one day, and the Obedience
Championship Dog on the other day. To become the Crufts Obedience
Champion is the ultimate accolade in Obedience.
The Obedience World Cup (which
can be seen on Sunday) was introduced a few years ago and
is now a firm favourite for the obedience groups, with its
variety of different exercises (like the directed retrieve,
where the dog is asked to pickup one of 3 choices of dumbbells)
and its unique atmosphere.
The Obedience World Cup brings together competitors from
all over the world – 3 handlers and dogs compete for
each nation for the title of Crufts World Obedience Championship
The Inter-Regional competition
can be seen on Thursday, and brings together teams from the
various UK regional areas. In this competition you generally
see a wider variety of breeds performing the obedience tests
in regional teams (of 7). The teams comprise of members of
different levels of achievement (or class). Each class of
individuals from all of the teams undertakes the exercises
stipulated for that class.
The Obreedience competition
is the newest competition and can be seen on a Saturday after the
completiton of the Championship. The aim of Obreedience is to encourage
more breeds to have a go at some of the exercises generally associated
with obedience in a less formal but nonetheless competitive
environment. Obreedience is a team event and highlight the abilities of
different breeds in a relaxed and fun display.
The YKC (Young Kennel Club)
hold several obedience competitions over all 4 days
of Crufts. These are for younger competitors at
various levels with the classes called Starter, Elementary,
Intermediate, Graduate and Advanced. These can be seen in
the YKC Ring.
Finally there is the Final of the KC
Good Citizen Scheme Special Pre-Beginner Obedience Stakes
which is held in the Good Citizen ring on Saturday. These
are dogs in the lowest class who have passed the Kennel Club
Good Citizen test and qualified through heats during the year,
and then won through a southern or northern semi-final.
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