Crowds expected at 2014 Harrogate Dog Show

Fun at the 2013 show
Fun at the 2013 show
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The pampered pooches of Harrogate will have their chance to shine at the town’s charity dog show this Sunday.

Four-legged friends from dachshunds to dalmatians will be on show as judges from across the district - including your Harrogate Advertiser series- decide the winners.

The event is organised by Kim Metcalfe, of Pooches Galore and Verity Watts of Shampooches and sponsored by Vets4Pets.

This year the show is supporting Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf.

Crowds basked in sunshine at the inaugural event in 2013, and the show is returning to the Claro Road home of Harrogate RUFC.

The show was set up after Harrogate was named one of the UK’s most dog-friendly towns.

Organisers said: “We are looking forward to welcoming exhibitors from far and wide to make this a great day for all involved.

“There will be lots of activities for you and your dog to get involved with including a novelty dog show, have a go agility, and a temptation ally.”

Three rings will host the show classes. Dogs can be booked in on the day, but organisers have set a maximum of 30 dogs per class on a first come, first served basis.

The fee per entry is £1, which will be donated to charity. Gates open to register dogs at 10.30am and the show starts at 11am.

Best in show is judged at 3.30pm.

The classes

Ring One - Fancy dress, best puppy (6-12 months), child’s best friend (children aged 10 and under), waggiest tail, best crossbreed, prettiest bitch and best rescue.

Ring Two - Golden oldie, best hairdo, most like owner, best pedigree, most handsome dog, best party trick.

Ring Three - Best sausage catcher, odd couple, best of the rest, saddest eyes and the obedience class.

The Harrogate Advertiser series will judge the most like owner category.

Exhibitors from across the district will be at stalls at the show throughout the day.

Free microchipping will be performed by Dogs Trust.

The event is a Kennel Club Registered companion dog show.

More information is available at

A full report with pictures and results from the show will feature in next week’s Harrogate Advertiser (May 29).