DEFINITIONS OF CLASSES
The word ‘dog’ includes both sexes In the following definitions, a Challenge Certificate includes any Show award that counts towards the title of Champion under the Rules of any governing body recognised by The Kennel Club.
Show awards issued by the Irish Kennel Club, which count towards the title Champion, shall be five point Green Stars or more.
Wins at Championship Shows in breed classes where Challenge Certificates are not on offer shall be counted as wins at Open Shows.
In the case of a dog owned in partnership and entered in Members’ classes or competing for Members’ Specials each partner shall at time of entry be a Member of the Society.
In estimating the number of awards won, all wins up to and including the seventh day before the date of closing of entries shall be counted when entering for any class i.e. 19th January 2018
Wins in Variety classes do not count for entry in Breed classes, but when entering in Variety classes, wins in both Breed and Variety classes must be counted.
A first prize does not include a Special Prize of whatever value.
If an exhibitor reports before the judging of a class or classes that a dog has been entered which is ineligible, the exhibitor may choose one of the following options:
The dog may be withdrawn from competition subject to the conditions of Regulations 9 (j) and 20.
[a] If a dog is ineligible for a class or classes as regards its colour, sex, weight or height, the Show Secretary shall transfer it to the equivalent class or classes for the correct colour, sex, weight or height, and in the event of there being no equivalent class, Minor Puppy and Puppy excepted to the Open class for the correct colour, sex, weight or height.
[b] For an exhibit entered incorrectly in a Minor Puppy class or Puppy class, which is over age but under twelve calendar months of age or eighteen calendar months of age respectively, the Show Secretary shall transfer the exhibit to the Puppy class or the Junior class respectively of the correct colour, sex, weight or height, and in the event of there being no Puppy or Junior class to the Open class for the correct colour, sex, weight or height.
[c] For any reason other than the above, the Show Secretary shall transfer it to the Open class for the correct colour, sex, weight or height. [d] If an exhibit arrives late and misses a class, even if it is the only class in which the dog is entered, the dog may not be transferred to any other class.
Minor Puppy: For dogs of six and not exceeding nine calendar months of age on the day of the Show.
Puppy: For dogs of six and not exceeding twelve calendar months of age on the day of the Show.
Junior: For dogs of six and not exceeding eighteen calendar months of age on the day of the Show.
Yearling: For dogs of twelve and not exceeding twenty four calendar months of ag eon the first day of the show. Post Graduate: For dogs which have not won a Challenge Certificate or five or more First Prizes at Championship Shows in Post Graduate, Minor Limit, Mid Limit, Limit and Open classes, whether restricted or not, where Challenge Certificates were offered for the breed.
Limit: For dogs which have not become Show Champions under Kennel Club Regulations or under the rules of any governing body recognised by the Kennel Club or won seven 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 Certicates 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 dogs of not less than seven years of age on the day of the show.
Special Beginners: Owner, handler or exhibit not to have won a Challenge Certificate in the breed.
Special Open Stud Dog: for dogs to have sired a litter and Progeny registered with the Kennel Club.
Special Open Brood Bitch: for brood bitches to have whelped a litter and Progeny registered with the Kennel Club.
Not for Competition: Societies may at their discretion accept Not for Competition entries. Societies may accept such entries from breeds of dog 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.