Everyone is welcome to attend and see the top winning Dalmatians of the Year during the competition then join us in your glad rags for the evening dinner dance.
Dalmatian of the year is the North of England Dalmatian Club’s prestigious competition, held in a match format for lucky Dalmatians who have qualified throughout the previous show year.
- Exhibits have qualified for the Puppy of the Year event by winning one or more Best Puppy in Breed awards at a Championship Show at which Challenge Certificates were on offer during 2019, or a Best Puppy in Show award at one of the Open Shows run in 2019 by the various Dalmatian Clubs in the United Kingdom. The title of the Puppy competition is drawn from the method of qualification, and therefore not all of the exhibits in this competition are still puppies on the day.
- Exhibits have qualified for the Veteran of the Year event by winning one or more Best Veteran in Breed awards at a Championship Show at which Challenge Certificates were on offer and the Society awarded Best Veteran in Breed, during 2019, or a Best Veteran in Show award at one of the Open Shows run in 2019 by the various Dalmatian Clubs in the United Kingdom.
- Exhibits have qualified for the Dalmatian of the Year event by winning one or more Kennel Club Challenge Certificates during 2019. The dogs and bitches will compete separately until the final pairing for Dalmatian of the Year.
There are a number of rounds within the competition with Dalmatians in direct competition with each other to be chosen by at least two of the three appointed judges to make it through to the next round. The decision of each Judge is kept secret, as is in fact the identity of Judges right up until the competition starts.
The Puppy and Veteran competition is held as a mixed sex competition with the winner of the final round announced as Puppy or Veteran of the Year. The winner of the final round of each of the adult competitions is deemed Best Dog / Best Bitch, they then face each other in one final round with the winner announced as Dalmatian of the Year and the runner up announced as Best Opposite Sex.