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Contestants arrive for Berkshire dog show

Wednesday, 30th May 2012

Thousands of people have packed up their dog food and grooming kits and descended on Berkshire for the Southern Counties Canine Association Championship Dog Show.

Over 8,000 dogs are set to take part in the annual show, which is happening at the Newbury County Showground this weekend (June 1st to 3rd).

The show will welcome over 170 pedigree breeds that will be competing for the Best in Show prize and the chance to qualify for Crufts.

Angela Cavill, Secretary of Southern Counties Canine Association, said: "Visitors will have the chance to see many of the UK’s wonderful breeds of dog in action and have a wander around the fantastic trade stalls.

"As it is the Jubilee weekend people are likely to want be out and about, so the show is a wonderful way for dog lovers to spend a day."

On Friday, visitors will see the Gundog and Utility breed groups being judged, while Hound, Terrier and Toy groups will be judged on Saturday.

Pastoral and Working breeds are to be judged on Sunday, after which the Best in Show competition will take place.

Entry to the show is free but there is a £5 car parking charge.