A canine society's Crufts 2025 qualifying event is sent to feature over 700 dogs from over 150 breeds.

The pedigree dogs and their trainers will compete in Carlisle and District Canine Society's Premier Open Show which will take place at Greenlands Equestrian Centre on Saturday, April 20. 

Competitors are set to travel to the show from across the UK, with Crufts 2025 qualification on the line. 

This year's Premier Open Show will also feature a Champion class where the best of the best will compete, a first for Carlisle and District Canine Society which has been holding local shows since 1943, and a first for the area.

Ahead of the event, Carlisle and District Canine Society's vice-chairman Dr Gordon Maclellan expressed his excitement and his delight at also being able to use the event to support a local charity.

He said: "The April show is Open to exhibitors from a wide area, many coming from more than 100 miles away.

"Pedigree dog exhibitors have spent their lives and built their reputations on ensuring that their dogs meet the Breed Standards laid down by The Royal Kennel Club, including the best possible health.

"This year there is a Champions Class in which there will be an opportunity for the best of the best to compete, a 'First' for Carlisle.

"Success at this show will qualify for showing at Crufts 2025, not only for Group winners but also Junior Handling where young dog enthusiasts hone and display their skills.

"The ethos of the Society is to support local dog enthusiasts and the local business community.

"We are also delighted that Eden Valley Hospice will be present at the Show and Exhibitors will have the opportunity to learn of their work and support this wonderful local charity."

The Premier Open Show forms part of Carlisle and District Canine Society's wider charity work and ahead of their attendance at the event, Eden Valley Hospice thanks the society's committee for their ongoing support.

A spokesperson for Eden Valley Hospice, said: "Eden Valley Hospice would like to say a big thank you to the Carlisle and District Canine Society for their very special fundraising efforts which will help ensure compassionate care for local people with life-limiting illnesses can continue.

"We're incredibly grateful to the society's members for their support so far and look forward to working closely together in the future to plan further fundraising initiatives"