Breed Specific Training for Judges (Show)

Individual ESS Breed Clubs organise specific Breed Seminars in their particular region.  They will likely be advertised on their own website or in the dog press.

Breed Club Secretaries can be contacted to obtain details of any up and coming events that they may be organising .

Breed Clubs may also hold a Breed Competence Assessment process each year in line with KC Guidance.

Details of Breed Competence Assessments are likely to be included in the ESS Breed Notes in the Dog Press at the appropriate time. If you require further information about this please contact any Breed Club Secretary.



NEW from 1st January 2011

As part of its ongoing commitment to the Fit For Function: Fit For Life campaign, the Kennel Club has announced a new requirement for Gundog judges prior to their approval to award KC Challenge Certificates (CCs) for the first time.

General Judges Training (Show)

The KC Guide for Judges and Ring Stewards can be downloaded from the KC Website

KC Prospectus

The KC Canine Activities, Education and Training department  has introduced a Prospectus for
training seminars across all disciplines.

  • 50 Points of the Dog Assessment
  • Conformation and Movement Seminar
  • Requirements of a Dog Show Judge (KC Rules & Regulations)

Included in the ‘general' category of seminars for all those interested in developing skills and knowledge in the effective running of Clubs and Societies and Shows is:

  • Ring Stewarding Seminar
  • Show Management Seminar
  • Managing a Dog Society
  • Effective Meeting Skills for Chairmen and Secretaries

An up to date list of these and other Kennel Club Seminars can be found in the Kennel Gazette and on the Kennel Club website  in the training events section

The Kennel Club's required training programme for new show judges consists of a number of compulsory seminars. The content of all of these contains material relating to Fit for Function: Fit for Life

Judges should as part of their ongoing development keep themselves up to date on breed standards and any changes to Rules and Regulations that have an impact on Canine Health and Welfare.

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