Guide to the Royal Melbourne Show

September 13th, 2016

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The Royal Melbourne Show is just around the corner and we???re bringing you everything you need to know about the All Breeds Championship Dog Show. Whether you are a veteran of the Show or a beginner, Petplan has you covered for the entire 9 days of competition and entertainment!

With almost 4,000 entrants spread across over 200 breeds, there will be immense competition from the 17th of September to the 25th of September. There will be a wide variety of pooches on display this year with judges assessing a number of attributes including agility, conformation, appearance, and obedience.

At the conclusion of the Royal Melbourne Show All Breeds Championship Dog Show, the pavilion will be taken over by the Royal Melbourne Show Cat Championship which will be held on Monday the 26th and Tuesday the 27th of September. This will feature a wide range of felines being judged on everything from their claws to their whiskers, with their owners vying for a coveted blue ribbon.



Dog shows are divided into classes, which separate dogs by age, sex, and level. At an Australian Dog Show you are likely to find the following classes:

  • Baby Puppy ??? 3 to 6 months old
  • Minor Puppy ??? 6 to 9 months old
  • Puppy ??? 6 to 12 months
  • Junior ??? 9 to 18 months
  • Intermediate ??? 18 to 36 months
  • Australian Bred ??? 6 months or over bred in Australia
  • Open ??? 6 months or over
  • Breeders Group Class -6 months or over



Dogs are referred to in groups which is based on what they were originally bred for. For example, Labradors are grouped with the Gundogs because they were originally bred to retrieve.

  • Group 1 ??? Toys: e.g. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Maltese, and Yorkshire Terrier
  • Group 2 ??? Terriers: e.g. Scottish Terrier & Jack Russell Terrier
  • Group 3 ??? Gundogs: e.g. Golden Retriever & Labrador
  • Group 4 ??? Hounds: e.g. Beagle, Whippet, & Dachshund
  • Group 5 ??? Working Dogs: e.g. Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Kelpie, German Shepherd, and Border Collie
  • Group 6 ??? Utility: e.g. Boxer, Alaskan Malamute, and Dobermann
  • Group 7 ??? Non Sporting: e.g. Boston Terrier, Great Dane, and the Poodles


Main Events:

Conformation Judging (all breeds): 17th ??? 23rd September

All show dogs will be put through their paces in front of local and international judges as they compete for a range of titles including; Best Breed and Best in Show.


Action Dogs ??? Obedience Trial: 17th September

This event will test the intelligence, loyalty, and obedience of these canines

Dogs Advance Sweepstakes Day: 18th September

This sees all dogs compete in a number of Sweepstakes Classes including Baby Puppy (aged between 3 and 6 months), Puppy (aged between 6 and 12 months), Champion Neutered, Veterans (aged between 7 and 10 years), and Veterans (10 years and over).


Best in Show: 24th September

The prestigious Best in Show will be presented at the All Breeds Day in the Dog Precinct along with Best Puppy in Show, Best Baby Puppy in Show, Best Breeders Group, and Junior Showman.


Agility and Jumping: 25th September

This exciting competition will see dogs put through their paces as they race through the course while being assessed on their speed, skills, and obedience.




If serious competition isn???t what you???re looking for, then there are numerous entertaining events on during the days for the whole family. (*all event times are dependent on judging schedule)

Event:??Husky???s Sledding Demonstration


21st ??? 24th Sep at 12:45pm.

25th ??? 27th Sep at 10:30am, 1pm & 4pm

Description:??Witness the natural strength of the Husky breed as they pull sleds, and learn more about their origins and what they were originally bred for!


Event:??Golden Retriever Obedience Demonstration ??? Team Golden


18th Sep 12:45pm ??? 1:15pm

25th Sep 12pm ??? 12:30pm

25th Sep 2:30pm ??? 3pm

25th Sep 3:30pm ??? 4pm

Description:??Team Golden is an intelligent and obedient group of Golden Retriever???s who demonstrate the wonderful talents they possess and how they can be trained to provide services to the special needs people.


Event:??Australian Working Dogs Rescue ??? High Jump


25th ??? 27th Sep 11am ??? 11:30am

25th ??? 27th Sep 1:30pm ??? 2pm

25th Sep 4:30pm ??? 5pm

26th ??? 27th Sep 3:30pm ??? 4pm

Description:??A demonstration of the athletic capabilities of canines and also tips on how to teach your pet some tricks.


Event:??Australian Working Dogs Rescue ??? Duck Herding


25th ??? 27th Sep 11am ??? 11:30am

25th ??? 27th Sep 1:30pm ??? 2pm

25th Sep 4:30pm ??? 5pm

26th ??? 27th Sep 3:30pm ??? 4pm

Description: Learn some tips to teach your canine some new tricks!


Event:??Australian Working Dogs Rescue (AWDR)


17th ??? 20th Sep 12:45pm ??? 1:15pm

Description:??An educational talk for kids to teach them how to interact safely with dogs and to be a responsible pet owner with the help of rescue dogs.


Event:??Backyard Hero???s Disc Dogs


25th ??? 27th Sep 12:30pm ??? 1pm

25th ??? 27th Sep 3pm ??? 3:30pm

Description:??Watch as these canines chase, jump, and flip their way around with the help of fun Frisbee games!


Event:??Freestyle Agility Fun with Dogs ??? with Melbourne Canine Freestyle


26th ??? 27th Sep 12pm ??? 12:30pm

26th ??? 27th Sep 2:30pm ??? 3pm

26th ??? 27th Sep 4:30pm ??? 5pm

Description:??Highly trained dogs demonstrate their agility in games and activities in this entertaining and humorous display with the help of audience members.


Event:??Four Paws Dog Racing Flyball Demonstration


25th ??? 27th Sep 11:30pm ??? 12pm

25th ??? 27th Sep 2pm ??? 2:30pm

Description:??This fast paced event sees dogs showcasing their speed, agility, obedience, and teamwork as they run over obstacles to collect the flyball and return it to their owner.


Event:??Action Dogs ??? Agility Games


18th Sep 10am ??? 5pm

Description:??This all out athletic demonstration for canines will test their intelligence, speed and strength as you watch how fast they are and how high they can jump!


Where to find more information beforehand:

Before the show you will be able to download a show schedule, or you can purchase one when you get there which will generally have the names of judges, the entry fee and information, sequence of events and logistical information.


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