Rules and Regulations

Rules and RegulationsThe following extracts from The Kennel Club’s Rules and Regulations are relevant to shows organised by the Welsh Springer Spaniel Club.

Show Definitions

Licensed Shows held under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations are those held under Licence granted by the General Committee of The Kennel Club and which comprise:

A) Championship Shows – which are open to all exhibitors (except where a qualification for entry has been approved by The General Committee of the KC) and at which Kennel Club Challenge Certificates are offered. (Vide Kennel Club Show Regulation F(1)

B) Open Shows – which are open to all exhibitors. (Vide Kennel Club Show Regulation F(1) )

C) Limit Shows – at which entry is limited to Members of the Show Society or to exhibitors resident within specified areas or otherwise subject to the approval of the General Committee of the KC. (Dogs which have won a Challenge Certificate or obtained any award that counts towards the title of Champion under the rules of any governing recognised by the KC are not eligible for entry at these Shows).

Class Definitions

Minor Puppy
For dogs of 6 and not exceeding 9 calendar months of age on the first day of the Show
Puppy
For dogs of 6 and not exceeding 12 calendar months of age on the first day of the Show
Junior
For dogs of 6 and not exceeding 18 calendar months of age on the first day of the Show
Yearling
For dogs of 12 and not exceeding 24 calendar months of age on the first day of the Show
Special Yearling
For dogs of 6 and not exceeding 24 calendar months of age on the first day of the Show
Novice
For dogs which have not won a Challenge Certificate or 3 or more First Prizes at Open and Championship Shows (Minor Puppy, Special Minor Puppy, Puppy and Special Puppy classes excepted, whether restricted or not).
Graduate
For dogs which have not won a Challenge Certificate or 4 or more First prizes at Championship Shows in Graduate, Post-Graduate, Minor-Limit, Mid-Limit, Limit, and Open classes, whether restricted or not.
Post-Graduate
For dogs which have not won a Challenge Certificate or 5 or more First prizes at Championship Shows in Post-Graduate, Minor-Limit, Mid-Limit, Limit, and Open classes, whether restricted or not.
Mid-Limit
For dogs which have not won 3 Challenge Certificates or 5 or more First prizes in all at Championship Shows in Mid-Limit, Limit, and Open classes, confined to the breed, whether restricted or not, at Shows where Challenge Certificates were offered for the breed.
Limit
For dogs which have not won 3 Challenge Certificates under 3 different judges or 7 or more First prizes in all, at Championship Shows in Limit, and Open classes, confined to the breed, whether restricted or not, at Shows where Challenge Certificates were offered for the breed.
Open
For all dogs of the breed, for which the class is provided and eligible for entry at the Show.
Veteran
For all dogs not less than 7 years of age on the first day of the Show.
Special Beginners
For dogs handled by exhibitor, neither owner, handler or exhibit to have won a Challenge Certificate in the breed at Championship Shows. NOTE: this applies to exhibitor and handler.
Good Citizen Dog Scheme
For dogs that have achieved their Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze Award Certificate or above.
Special New Members
For dogs handled and owned by members who have joined the Welsh Springer Spaniel Club since 30th August 2008.
Special Working
For dogs which have been awarded a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or Certificate of Merit in any Field Trial, or which hold a ‘Show Gundog Working Certificate’. Dogs may also qualify which have been awarded a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th in any Assessment Test or Working Test within the same year of the Show or the previous year.
Special Shooting
Dogs to have regularly worked, either picking up or beating, on a shoot during the previous season. Written confirmation from the gamekeeper or shoot owner is not required unless requested by the WSSC.
Not For Competition
Societies may at their discretion accept Not for Competition entries. Societies may accept such entries from breeds of dogs not included within the title of the Society and, at Shows held over more than one day, such entries may be accepted on any day from any breed. Not for Competition entries will only be accepted for dogs over 4 calendar months of age on the first day of the Show.

Challenge Certificates

Challenge Certificates (CCs) are awarded to the best Dog and the best Bitch at Championship Shows (where they are on offer for the breed). Reserve Challenge Certificates are awarded to the second best dog and bitch. 3 CCs awarded by different judges, one of which must be awarded after the age of 12 months, qualifies a gundog as a Show Champion (subject to KC approval). A working qualification is necessary to attain the title of Champion (see Show Gundog Working Certificate paragraph).

Junior Warrants

Junior Warrant (JW) winners are awarded a Stud Book Number and thus are automatically qualified for entry at Crufts for life. A JW will be issued on receipt of an application from the registered owner at the time of qualification, in respect of a dog that has obtained 25 points between the ages of 6 and 18 months. A minimum of three points must be won at Championship Shows where Challenge Certificates for the breed are on offer and a minimum of 3 points won at Open Shows or Championship Shows where Challenge Certificates are not offered for the breed. The scale of points is as follows:

  1. Three points for each First Prize awarded in a Breed Class at a Championship Show where CCs were on offer for the breed.
  2. One point for each First Prize awarded in a Breed Class at a Championship Show where CCs were not offered for the breed, or at an Open Show.
  3. One point for the award of Best of Breed at an Open Show. Only to be claimed if no JW Points were gained by that dog by winning a Breed Class or Classes.
  4. JW points cannot be claimed from classes or for awards with less than three dogs of the breed present. In assessing the number of dogs present in each class, exhibitors may count a dog as having been present in a class provided it was entered in that class and was present in its first class for the breed at that Show.
  5. JW holders will be awarded a Stud Book Number.
  6. The title “JW” may be used after the name of the dog on Show entries and in catalogues.

Show Gundog Working Certificates

A Working Certificate is awarded to a dog fulfilling the following the conditions:

  1. it has been tested in line;
  2. it has shown that it is not gun-shy and was off the lead during gunfire;
  3. that it hunted, faced cover, produced game and retrieved tenderly;
  4. that it completed a Water Test.

Related Showing Pages:

New Champions
Show Results