Are you ready to represent your Nation?
Has your dog got what it takes to be crowned your Nations Dog of the Year 2023?
Throughout 2023, Canine Hoopers UK Licensed shows in and around each of the 4 Nations (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) will be hosting qualifiers. There will be 8 qualifiers for each Nations Finals. At each qualifying heat, the winner of each section will qualify to compete in their Nations Finals.
Each Nation will have their own Dog of the Year Finals.
Qualifiers for the Nations Cup will be listed as Premier shows on the Show Diary
The 4 Nations Cup
Not only will the winning dogs be crowned as their Nations Dog of the Year 2023, the winners of the finals will be invited to represent their Nation at The 4 Nations Cup!
The winning dog in each section will combine to make a National Team of 4. The reserve placed dogs will also be invited to travel as reserves for their National Team in case any dog is unable to compete at the event.
The Nations Cup will be made up of 2 rounds: an individual round and a team relay.
The 4 Nations Cup will be held alongside the Tri Score Tournament 2023.
Would you like to host one or more of the qualifying heats? We are aiming to spread the qualifiers evenly across each Nation. Shows that are held on or near borders between Nations, are able to apply to hold heats for both Nations.
If you are interested then apply here: Click Here
Rules & Regulations
- Dogs may only enter in their correct measured into section. All dogs must have an official CHUK measure prior to competing in a qualifier. Any dog competing prior to being measured will be deemed to be large. Dogs competing in the Veteran section do not need to be measured.
- The section that a dog qualifies in will be the same section that the dog competes in at the final. If a dog is moved to veterans during the course of the year, the dog must qualify again at veteran level, or compete in the final in their previously measured category.
- Dogs and handlers may enter as many qualifiers as they want to.
- Handlers may qualify multiple dogs for the finals.
- Shows applying to host qualifiers, will need to specify which Nations heat they want to hold. Shows on and around borders between Nations may apply to host more than one Nations heat.
- Competitors entering shows with multiple Nations heats must specify which heat they are entering.
- The Nation within which a handler resides will be the Nation that the handler can compete in. Eg a handler residing in England cannot qualify for the Welsh finals.
- The winner of each section from each heat will qualify to compete in the final. Clear rounds only, no faulted rounds will qualify.
- If a handler and dog team have already qualified for the final, the qualifying place at that heat will roll down within that section to the next highest placed dog without faults.
- Toys cannot be carried in the hand during the qualifier. They must be secured in a pocket prior to leaving the start line.
- Each Nation will have their own finals where dogs will be crowned that Nations Dog of the Year for that section.
- All handlers must adhere to the current Canine Hoopers UK Rules and Regulations at all times.
The 4 Nations Cup
- The winner of each section at each Nations final will be invited to represent their Nation at The 4 Nations Cup.
- The reserve dog in each section at each Nations final will be invited to represent their Nation as a reserve.
- The 4 Nations Cup will consist of 2 rounds: an individual round and a team relay.
- The Individual Round: All competitors will accrue points towards their Nations overall score. All sections will combine for overall individual awards from this round.
- The Team Relay: Each team will accrue points towards their Nations overall score.
- Allowances will be made for yellow dogs qualifying for their Nations Team.
- If a dog in the team needs to pull out for welfare reasons, that sections reserve dog will take their place on the Team. Eg the small dog has to pull out so the small reserve steps up. The Team must run 4 dogs in the team relay, one dog from each section.
- If a handler qualifies multiple dogs for the 4 Nations Cup, they may only take their highest placed dog, so their other team position will be passed down to the next placed dog.
- At the Nations Cup Final, if a Nation does NOT have dogs qualifying in each section then that Nation will not be able to compete in the 4 Nations Cup Team Relay round.
- The 4 Nations Cup will be awarded to the team with the best combined score across both the individual and team relay.