All pedigree dogs that are recognised by the British Kennel Club are part of one of seven groups of dog:
- Gundog Group
- Toy Group
- Terrier Group
- Utility Group
- Working Group
- Pastoral Group
- Hound Group
From a show perspective if you enter any Open or Championship show which schedules your breed, your dog will be judged against others of the breed. From each class that is scheduled, the judge will choose a winner, each winner then goes into challenge for best of sex, (if the show has classified classes for dogs and bitches separately) if there are only mixed classes, then all winners of the classes then challenge for Best of Breed.
If there are puppy classes scheduled for the breed then the puppy class winners (dog and bitch) challenge for Best Puppy in Breed. All Best of Breeds then challenge within their group – in the case of the Hungarian Wire- Haired Vizsla, the Gundog Group, for group placings. Then all best puppies in breed within the Gundog Group challenge for Puppy Group Placings. The winners of these groups be they adult or puppy, then join the winners of all the other six groups to be judged Best in Show or Best Puppy In Show respectively. This is basically the rule for most Open and Championship shows, with the difference that at Championship Shows, usually there are separate classes for both dogs and bitches within a breed.
At Show Training Classes (Ringcraft) you will often be introduced to Schedules for shows. These could be any of the following:
This type of show is often a good way to start showing your dog, both for them and yourselves. These shows will have several classes for Non- sporting, Sporting, and may have a number of novelty classes, but they give a very good grounding and valuable experience to both dog and owner. They are run very informally, and usually take place as part of a village fete or as a charity event.
This as the name suggests has often limited or one breed scheduled, but is a very good starting point for both novice dog and handler. There is often one judge, or maybe two who judge all breeds, which can cover the seven groups.
General Open Shows
Again run under the auspices of the Kennel Club, but it differs from the smaller informal shows in that there are usually a large number of breed specific classes scheduled for some or most breeds.
Often the most popular breeds in each group, which in the Gundog Group could be Cocker spaniels, American Cocker Spaniels, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Irish Setters will be classified at most Open Shows. However there are classes for the less popular breeds and within each group is a set of classes which are called Any Variety Not Separately Classified. These classes are as their name suggests for all those dogs, for which there is no separate classification at that show.
Group Open Shows
As the names suggests there are Open Shows which are specific to a certain group – so for instance within the Gundog Group there are Open Shows which are run for those breeds within the Gundog Group.
These are very good in that at most of them they classify all breeds in the group, so that a Gundog Open Show will probably classify all breeds currently registered with the Kennel Club. Most of the clubs now have scheduled classes for Hungarian Wire- Haired Vizslas, and this can probably be the first time a youngster has come up against any of his/her own breed.
Sub Group Open Show
Within the Gundog Group there is a Sub- Group named the Hunt, Point and Retrieve breeds which as the name suggests covers the breeds within the Gundog Group who are able to do all three of the elements named, as opposed to the Retrievers (who as their name suggests retrieve Game) or Setters who put up game for the hunter to shoot. So within the Sub- Group are the following dogs:
- Bracco Italiano
- German Shorthaired Pointer
- German Longhaired Pointer
- German Wirehaired Pointer
- Hungarian Vizsla
- Hungarian Wire- Haired Vizsla
- Italian Spinone
- Korthals Griffon
- Large Munsterlander
- Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer
Specific to the United Kingdom there are two Hunt Point and Retrieve Show Societies currently in existence – one in Scotland and one in the North East of England – both these show Societies schedule classes now for most of the Hunt Point and Retrieve group of dogs.
Breed Specific Open Shows
Again as their name suggests, these are shows specifically run for a particular breeds For the Hungarian Wire- Haired Vizsla there are two clubs, both offering Shows for the breed. Usually at this type of show, a judge has been selected that is either involved in the breed, or has shown some very keen interest in the breed. This then is a very good type of show to gain experience along with probably other novice Hungarian Wire- Haired Vizsla owners, in the show environment.
Premier Open Shows
Innovation by the Kennel Club, the prestigious award to some Open Shows of their becoming a Premier Show. At this type of show, within certain breeds, it is possible for the Best of Breed to qualify for Crufts.
It is essential however to ensure, before entering your dog to check that the breed you have actually qualify for this award at the show.
General Championship Shows
These are shows run up and down the country, where Challenge Certificates are on offer for many breeds. Challenge Certificates are unique awards to the United Kingdom and are the equivalent of the CAC and CACIB awarded to dogs under the FCI system in other countries. For any dog to become a Show Champion he or she must have won three Challenge Certificates under three different judges. Challenge Certificates are awarded at Championship Shows to a dog and bitch that are thought by the judge to merit this award. There exists also the Reserve Challenge Certificate awarded to the best dog or bitch, other than those who have been awarded the Challenge Certificate. Three Challenge Certificates awarded to a dog or bitch constitutes that dog becoming a Show Champion.
To become a full Champion i.e. being allowed to drop the word show in the title, the dog must have won a working award, from a win at either a Field Trial or Working Test. The Hungarian Wire- Haired Vizsla now has classes at the majority of Championship Shows throughout the country, with a few exceptions.
Breed Specific Championship Shows
Again as the name suggests these are Championship Shows, with Challenge Certificates on offer, but where only one breed competes.
Most Shows, if not all are run under the jurisdiction of the Kennel Club and as such, these shows must adhere to the rules and regulations set by the Kennel Club and hold a license for that show.
Show Certificate of Merit
Awarded to a dog who has won points with placing in adult groups and classes at Open Shows.
This can only be won in a breed that have CC status and is limited to points gained at both Open and Championship Shows for a dog or bitch between the ages of six to eighteen months.
The breed has been awarded Challenge Certificates since 2011.