Crufts, the world’s most famous dog show is back for 2022. Dog lovers will be heading to the NEC in Birmingham to take part in competitions and find the latest must-have dog accessory. We’re excited to see local business Barking Bags is will showing off its essential dog bags.
This year the show takes place at NEC Birmingham on 10 – 13 March.
by Emma Johnson
Where It all Started
The Kennel Club organises the show with the goal of celebrating the role that dogs play in our lives. Charles Cruft held the first Crufts dog show in 1891 at the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington. An incredible 2437 took part with 36 breeds.He had rejected the family jewellery business and it wasn’t long before he became invovled with the world of dogs and exhibiting them.
It has changed hugely since then with thousands more dogs and breeds and it remains the most important date for all dog lovers. Last year the pandemic caused the show to be cancelled and some people question the ethics of showing off dogs. The judges at Crufts, however, are trained to ensure that only healthy dogs win prizes. They want to encourage breeders to breed only healthy dogs and they are dedicated to the health and welfare of dogs.
Around 26,000 dogs normally attend but this year the numbers are likely to be around 20,000. Over the four days, they’ll be taking part in competitions and displays. The finale will see judges award one of over 200 pedigree dog breeds The Best in Show Trophy. You’ll be able to see this live on Channel 4 on Sunday evening – that is 13 March.
Every year the number of breeds seen at Crufts grows, although the Golden Retriever and Labrador Retrievers remain the largest individual breed to enter. Of course, who couldn’t love a retriever!
It’s not just about Best in Show, the dogs are also judges across different disciplines like agility, obedience heelwork to music and flyball. The show also offers separate categories for male dogs and female bitches. One of our favourite awards is The Kennel Club Dog Hero Award which celebrates dogs that have provided lifetime service, support, love and devotion.
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