Top dogs lead way in Crufts-style show

The Stocksbridge & District Canine Society Annual Show at The Stubbin Community Centre,Deepcar.....Pictured is the Winner of the Any Variety of Terrier Open Class 'Tilly' a Border Terrier with owner Helen Fletcher

The Stocksbridge & District Canine Society Annual Show at The Stubbin Community Centre,Deepcar.....Pictured is the Winner of the Any Variety of Terrier Open Class 'Tilly' a Border Terrier with owner Helen Fletcher

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WHEN it comes to dog shows, they’re giving Crufts a run for their money!

From golden retrievers to border terriers and pugs to English mastiffs, breeds of all shapes and sizes were shown off by their proud owners at the Stocksbridge and District Canine Society’s annual show.

The pets were put through their paces at the Stubbin Community Centre in Deepcar, taking part in obedience trials and battling it out to be chosen best in show.

The society - officially registered with the Kennel Club - has been running for an impressive 52 years and holds regular match nights leading up to the big event.

Les Moss, the club’s chairman, said the show attracts mainly amateur pet owners, as well as aspiring professional breeders, with some members as young as nine years old.

“Most of them are pet dogs, but there are a lot that are bred to show that go to Crufts as well,” said 67-year-old Les.

“It’s just like a normal dog show - there are so many competitors for each class and we pick the best for first, second and third.

The Stocksbridge show even has its own special categories for younger dogs up to a year old, Les said.

“Puppy class is up to 12 months, general class up to 18 months and open class is for 18 months and over.

“We donate money, there are prizes like £2 or £3 but it’s not about the money - it’s about going out and enjoying it.”

Les said he became involved in the society when he and wife Stephanie, 64, bought their first border terrier several years ago.

They now own three of the breed - Lizzie, Daisy and Mack - along with two pugs called Dora the Explorer and Delia.

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