Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November 2000


Every few years a Golden Retriever National Specialty Championship Show is held around Australia hosted by a Golden Retriever Club which is a member of the National Golden Retriever Council.

The inaugural National Specialty was held in Adelaide, South Australia in 1996.

A National Speciality is a multiple day event incorporating seminars as well as a conformation show and specialty classes and working events such as an obedience trial or working test.  Exhibitors travel to a National event from all over Australia.

In November 2000, the Golden Retriever Club of Victoria hosted the 3rd National Championship Show.  Our Judge was Mr Ray Strudwick from the UK and the venue was the  Cranbourne Racecourse.

Our national weekend started with an afternoon seminar on Friday 3 November at KCC Park.    

  • “What is a Golden Retriever” – a demonstration of clicker training by Lea Cogley
  • Semen collection - alternative breeding by Paul Hamilton
  • “Heart problems in the Golden Retriever” by Dr Russell Mitten

The seminar was followed by a Heart Clinic and then a wine and cheese party welcomed everyone to the National.

Saturday 4 November saw our official opening ceremony complete with a bagpipe band.  Judging of the bitch classes followed.  In the evening a carvery dinner was held at the Cranbourne Racecourse, followed by an auction and the presentation of our Annual Club awards.  We were entertained by a country and western band.

On Sunday 5 November the dog classes were judged and we held our restricted obedience trial including the National 2000 Golden Retriever Obedience Dog of the Year.  Our national show concluded with our national dinner at the Bear House restaurant in Cranbourne.


3rd Golden Retriever National Championship Show Results and Photos
3rd Golden Retriever National Championship Show Critique (pdf file)
3rd Golden Retriever National Restricted Obedience Trial Results and Photos
Golden Retriever National Championship Shows Summary of Results
National Golden Retriever Council National Events

Best Exhibit in Show Gr Ch Goldog Alpine Highland at the inaugural National Championship Show held in Adelaide in 1996