Junior Handling National Championships
The first ever Junior Handling National Championship was held at the CKC's 100th Anniversary Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in the summer of 1988. In 1989, the Nationals moved to the Credit Valley Kennel and Obedience Dog Club where it was hosted for nine years until 1999, when the CKC Junior Kennel Club Council decided to make the Nationals a true nation-wide event. In 2000, the first Nationals outside of Ontario were hosted in Calgary, Alberta. Since then Junior Zone Finalist have competed for the coveted Best Overall Junior in British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Quebec.
The top four Juniors in each age class are invited* to the Junior Handling Zone Finals to compete for the chance to represent their home zone at Junior Nationals. Only the Best Overall Junior from each zone moves forward to the National Championships.
*Conformation participants must have completed at least 3 CKC Junior Handling competitions to be eligible.
What is a Zone?
Zones are geographic areas across Canada, just like the boundaries of provinces. In total, there are 14 CKC Junior Handling Zones with a Junior Kennel Club Council representative to assist competitors for each zone. Not sure which zone you are in? Check out "Zone Divisions" on page 46 of the Junior Handling Rules and Regulations.
Crufts International Junior Handling Competition
Follow your passion to the international stage! CKC's Best Overall Junior in Conformation is invited to attend the annual International Junior Handling Competition (IJHC) in beautiful Birmingham, England. How far could your love of dogs take you?
See Canadian Junior Handling National Champion, Colton O'Shea, as he wins the 2014 IJHC.
The Best Overall Junior in Conformation at the Junior Handling National Championships receives a keeper trophy, a premium ad donated by Canadian Dog Fancier, an invitation to represent the CKC at the Crufts International Junior Handling Competition in Birmingham, UK, and a $2500 bursary.
The Best Overall Junior in Obedience at the Nationals receives a keeper trophy, a premium ad donated by Canadian Dog Fancier, and a $1000 bursary.
The Wenrick Award for Sportsmanship is awarded to the Junior Nationals competitor who embodies the fairness, positive attitude and dedication that lay at the heart of Junior Handling. This award is voted for by the competitors.
Junior Handling National Champions of the Past