Rules & Regulations



All Dogs participating in the Competitions have to be pre-registered before the start of the Show. No entries will be admitted after the registration is closed.

The Dogs can be registered online through the website. Dogs can be registered at the Venue admin-office a day prior to the event.

Dogs can be registered at the venue from 12.00 noon of the show day.

All participating dogs should produce the dogs passport / vaccination documents at registration and should provide copies of the same. 

Vaccination should be valid for 12 months before the show date.

Registration fee for each Dog is AED. 50 /- per Dog, if registered online before the show.

Registration fee at the Venue will be AED. 100 /- per Dog.


Show Rule & Regulations: 

The dogs’ welfare will be of UTMOST PRIORITY at the dog show.

Only breeds that will be shown are those for which breed standards have been definitively or provisionally accepted by the FCI and which are registered with the studbook or with the appendix to the studbook (waiting list) of an FCI member country or of an FCI non-member country whose studbook is, however, recognized by the FCI, or those breeds that are not yet recognized (neither definitively nor provisionally) by the FCI. However, in this case, the breeds will be recognized at a national level and have been issued pedigrees by a national kennel club, member or contract partner of the FCI. These breeds will appear in a special section (“breeds not recognised by the FCI”) in the catalogue.

At all shows in which the CAC of the FCI is awarded, the division into groups in accordance with the current FCI Breed Nomenclature is absolutely obligatory.

These groups are as follows:

Group 1 Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs, except Swiss Cattle Dogs

Group 2 Pinschers and Schnauzers – Molossoid Breeds - Swiss       

           Mountain and Cattle Dogs

Group 3 Terriers

Group 4 Dachshunds

Group 5 Spitz and Primitive Types

Group 6 Scenthounds and Related Breeds

Group 7 Pointing Dogs

Group 8 Retrievers – Flushing Dogs – Water Dogs

Group 9 Companion and Toy Dogs

Group 10 Sighthounds

At all shows with few entries the organisers will have different Groups judged together in the ring of honour for “Best of Group” competitions;

At all shows, in addition to the designation of the breed in the relevant language of the organising country, the schedule and the catalogue should also include the country of origin of the breed and should be in one of the FCI four working languages.

Sick (temporarily ill or suffering from a contagious illness) or lame dogs or those males which show atrophy of the testicles and bitches which are lactating or which are accompanied by their puppies will be excluded from the dog show. Bitches on heat are not allowed to participate. Blind or deaf dogs are not allowed to take part in FCI CAC shows. However, should this ruling not be observed and a judge discovers that a dog is deaf or blind, he will take the dog out of the ring.

Dogs with docked tails or cropped ears are to be admitted in accordance with the legal regulations of their home countries and those of the country where the show takes place. The judging of docked and undocked or cropped and uncropped dogs must be done without any discrimination and solely in accordance with the valid breed standard.

It is forbidden to treat the coat, skin or nose with anything that alters the structure, colour or form. It is forbidden to prepare the dog in the show ground with any substances or equipment. Only combing and brushing are allowed. It is also forbidden to leave the dog tied up on the trimming table longer than necessary for the preparation.

Micro-chips (ISO-standard) are accepted.

The organizing committee reserves the right not to accept the participation of any exhibitor at the show.

Double entries as well as late entries (after the closing date) are not permitted. Additional shows or competitions, when commonly held in the country where the CACIB show takes place, are permitted within the framework programme on the same showground, outside the official competition.

Following classes are compulsory at CAC shows sanctioned by the FCI:

a. Classes in which the CAC can be awarded:

- Junior Class (from 9 to 18 months) compulsory

- Intermediate class (from 15 to 24 months) compulsory

- Open Class (15 months and over) compulsory

- Working Class (15 months and over) compulsory

- Champion Class (15 months and over) compulsory

- Veteran Class (from 8 and over) compulsory

Working Class

To enter a dog in working class, the entry form must be accompanied by a copy of the FCI compulsory certificate containing the confirmation by the member country in which the holder and/or owner has his permanent place of residence- that the dog has passed the test as well as details about this test.

The only breeds eligible for the working class are those appearing as working breeds in the FCI Breed Nomenclature, taking into account the exceptions granted to some countries for some breeds.

Champion Class

To enter a dog in Champion Class, one of the following titles must have been confirmed by the day of the official closing date of entries; proof of this, by copy, must be enclosed with the entry form.

. International Champion of the FCI

• National Champion (this title must have been earned in the same FCI member country with at least 2 awards).

• National Champion from countries which are not members of the FCI may be recognized.

Once the catalog is printed, it is forbidden to transfer a dog from one class to the other unless the problem is due to a printing mistake.

b. Classes in which the CAC cannot be awarded and optional:

-Baby Class (up to 6 months) optional

-Puppy Class (from 6 to 9 months) optional

The decisive date in respect of age is the day the dog is shown.

c. Optional Collective Classes/Competitions

To compete in these classes/competitions, the dogs must be registered individually in one of the compulsory classes.

- Brace/Couple Class/Competition : a dog and a bitch of the same breed and variety and belonging to the same owner.

- Breeders Class/Competition : consisting of minimum three and maximum five exhibits of the same breed and variety, without distinction of sex, bred by the same person (same kennel name), even if they are not his property.

- Progeny Class/Competition : a sire or dam with minimum three and maximum five of his progeny (first generation, sons/daughters).

These optional classes/competitions should preferably be judged in the breed-judging rings.


The qualifications given by the judges must correspond to the following definitions:

EXCELLENT may only be awarded to a dog which comes very close to the ideal standard of the breed, which is presented in excellent condition, displays a harmonious, well-balanced temperament, is of high class and has excellent posture. Its superior characteristics in respect of its breed permit that minor imperfections can be ignored; it must however have the typical features of its sex.

VERY GOOD may only be awarded to a dog which possesses the typical features of its breed, which has well-balanced proportions and is in correct condition. A few minor faults may be tolerated but none of a morphological nature. This award can only be granted to a dog that shows class.

GOOD is to be awarded to a dog that possesses the main features of its breed however showing faults provided these are not concealed.

SUFFICIENT must be awarded to a dog which corresponds adequately to its breed, without possessing the generally accepted characteristics or whose physical condition leaves something to be desired.

DISQUALIFIED must be awarded to a dog which does not correspond to the type required by the breed standard; which shows a behavior clearly not in line with its standard or which behaves aggressively; which has testicular abnormalities; which has dental flaw or a jaw anomaly; which shows a colour and/or coat imperfection or clearly shows signs of albinism. This qualification shall also be awarded to dogs that correspond so little to a single feature of the breed that their health is threatened. It should furthermore be awarded to dogs that show eliminating faults in regard to the breed standard.

Dogs that cannot be awarded one of the above qualifications shall be released from the ring with the rating :

CANNOT BE JUDGED. This rating is to be given to any dog which does not move, constantly jumps up and down on its handler or tries to get out of the ring, makes it impossible to assess the gait and the movement or avoids constantly to be examined by the judge and makes it impossible to inspect teeth, anatomy and structure, tail or testicles. This rating is also to be given if traces of operations or treatment can be observed which seem to indicate that the exhibitor wanted to deceive the judge.

The same applies if the judge has ample reason to suspect operations that were intended to correct the original condition or feature (e.g.: eyelid, ear or tail). The reason why the dog was rated CANNOT BE JUDGED has to be stated in the judge’s report.

The four best dogs in each class are placed provided that they have been awarded at least the qualification “VERY GOOD”.


CACIB – Certificat d’Aptitude au Championnat International de Beauté de la FCI

The only dogs which can be taken into consideration for the CACIB are those which have been awarded "EXCELLENT 1st". A CACIB can only be awarded if the dog in question has been assessed as being of superior quality. The CACIB is not automatically and compulsorily linked to the "EXCELLENT 1st”.

The Reserve CACIB is awarded to the second best dog which was given the qualification "EXCELLENT". It is however not compulsory to award the Reserve CACIB.

The judge awards CACIB and RESERVE CACIB according to the quality of the dogs without checking whether they meet the conditions regarding age and/or registration with a studbook recognised by the FCI.

The CAC (Certificat d’Aptitude au Championnat) is a national grading. It is up to the national kennel clubs to decide in which classes and to which dogs this certificate can be awarded. The CAC counts towards a national champion title.

Only one judge for each sex and breed carries out the granting of all awards, including CACIB, and this judge shall be appointed in advance.

The dogs and the bitchs which were proposed for the CAC, the best junior dog and the best junior bitch which have received the qualification ”1st Excellent” in the Junior class and get JCAC, the best veteran dog and the best veteran bitch which have received the qualification “1st Excellent” in the Veteran class compete for the Best of Breed.

Main ring Competitions:

Best of Group, Best in Show, Breeders’ Group, Progeny Group, Couple Class (Brace), Best Veteran, Best Junior, Best Puppy, Best Baby and Junior Handling must be judged by only one judge, who must be appointed in advance.

The only judges who may be used to this end are those who were allowed to do so by their respective national canine organisation, which issued an appropriate written permission.


A judge cannot consult the catalogue of the show before or during his judging. Consequently, the organiser shall not make any catalogue available to a judge before the end of the show.


Toy breeds and some other small breeds have to be examined on a table.

A judge is in charge of the ring. However, in matters of organisation the chief steward is responsible but all activities can only take place with the agreement of the judge;

For organisational support, a ring writer and/or a ring assistant will be made available to the judge. The above assistants and the chief steward have to speak one of the FCI working languages, as requested by the judge.

The stewards and/or ring secretaries will be provided by the organizer of the show.

An assistant must have a good knowledge of the FCI show regulations as well as of the show rules of the country where the show is held.

A steward should provide the following service to the judge:

- collect the classes;

- check the absentees in each class;

- notify the judge of any change of handler or any irregular entry;

- write the judge’s critique when required in the language chosen by the judge (as above);

- organize all the necessary paperwork and distribution of awards;

- follow all the judge's instructions.


  • 12.00 noon till 2.30 pm - Registration at the Venue
  • 3.30 pm - Group 1 / Group 2 / Group 3
  • 4.30 am - Group 4 / Group 6 / Group 8

  • 6.00 pm - Child Handlers
  • 7.00 pm - Group 6 / Group 7 / Group 10
  • 8.00 pm - Group 9

  • 8.30 pm - Best in Show
  • 9.00 pm - Prize Distribution
  • Benching time - 9.00 pm