Chiswick House Dog Show
Every year in September the Chiswick House Dog Show takes place in the grounds of Chiswick House, at the cricket ground by the Staveley Rd entrance. Hundreds (thousands?) of dogs of all shapes and sizes and their owners come and mill about, picnic, take part in the competitions and visit the stalls.
Run by local volunteers for the enjoyment of the whole community, the object of the exercise is to raise money to maintain and improve Chiswick House Gardens. Entry is free. It’s a fun day out for all the family and you don’t have to own a dog to enjoy it.
Unlike some of the famous shows this is not a dog show which takes itself too seriously. You can tell from the classes – Naughtiest Dog, Prettiest Bitch, My Dog’s got Talent, Best Veteran – to name a few, that this show is all about having fun. Nor is it exclusive; this is one dog show where being a pedigree won’t get you anywhere. All dogs are welcome and it costs just £4 to enter your dog in one of the classes.
Chiswick House Dog Show started in 2005 as an opportunity for all the dog walkers who regularly use the beautiful, award-winning grounds of Chiswick House (and there are many) to give something back.
Photographs: David Tennant, Ant McPartlin, Wayne Sleep, Neil Dudgeon and David Caves and Mel Giedroyc judging in previous years
Each year there is a theme which inspires the fancy dress – the Queen’s 90th birthday year it was ‘Kings and Queens’, Sherlock Holmes’ 135th anniversary it was ’Dog Detectives’, in 2018 the theme was the 250th anniversary of circus in London and in 2019 it was the anniversary of the Moon Landing.
The judges are a closely guarded secret until the event itself but past years have seen radio and TV presenters Jane Hill, Jeremy Vine, Michael Ball, Mel Giedroyc, Ant McPartlin and Clare Balding, actors Richard Lintern and David Tennant, comedian Al Murray and dancer Wayne Sleep passing judgement along with local vets and veterinary nurses, dog groomers and dog walkers.
Should you be looking for a dog of your own, the Dogs Trust hold a re-homing parade for those wannabe dog-owners looking for a new best friend. Mylow, the golden retriever pictured at the top of the page, found a loving home this way.
Among the stalls you will find an array of dog related consumables – pet portraits, cards, treats and every form of dog accessory imaginable – as well as a barbecue, beer and wine bars, Italian ice creams, aromatic coffee, cocktails, freshly cooked pizzas and fresh cooked churros.