The show schedule
Breed club shows are divided into classifications for dogs and bitches, and begin with classes for the youngest (6-9 months) and then for puppies (6-12 months) and then Junior (up to 18 months). Thereafter the classes graduate to the senior, Open Class, for which any dog is eligible – but it is principally designed for experienced, winning dogs, many of whom are already Champions. A win in minor Puppy, Puppy or even Junior (if your puppy is still under 12 months) can put your in competition against your breed counterpart to win Best Puppy Dog or Bitch and ultimately, Best Puppy in Show.
If your youngster starts to win and is eventually too old to be eligible for Junior, he will work his way up the ladder from class to class; pushed on to the next level all the way by virtue of his wins as he progresses. Both dogs and bitches go through the same process.
Championship Shows (each of the seven clubs is authorised by the Kennel Club to hold one of these per year) are prestigious events and it is here where your young dog may find himself winning a Challenge Certificate* or a Reserve Challenge Certificate.
*These precious green cards are valued by all exhibitors as they represent the judge’s view that in his or her opinion, your dog is the best representative of the Border Terrier breed standard on the day. The Reserve Challenge Certificate means that should the CC winner be disqualified for any reason, the judge believes that your exhibit is also fit to be worthy of a CC.
At the end of the show your CC winning dog will go head to head with his breed counterpart for Best in Show.