The greatest dog show on earth, Crufts, is set to return to Birmingham’s NEC in March and to get the people of the West Midlands in the mood for the four days of canine celebrations, the Crufts team will be at Touchwood in Solihull from Friday 17th – Sunday 19th February.
The last weekend of half term will see the Crufts team take to their stand in the Solihull shopping centre, handing out balloons and offering complimentary doggy face painting for all children.
Rufus, the Young Kennel Club’s mascot, will also be popping up throughout the day (12pm, 2pm and 4pm) to meet and greet his doggy-loving fans.
This year’s Crufts takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 8th – 11th March. Last year, a total of nearly 28,000 dogs participated in Crufts, which was attended by 135,000 people. One of the most popular areas of Crufts throughout the duration of the show is the Discover Dogs area, where visitors and families can come to meet around 190 different breeds of dog and find out which breed would suit them and their lifestyle.
There is also a dedicated section for breed rescue volunteers, who work to ensure that unwanted and abandoned dogs find a good home. Visitors can learn about the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme, which has over 7,500 members who put the health and happiness of their puppies and breeding dogs first, and ensure all necessary health checks are carried out on dogs used for breeding.
As well as a whole host of other canine competition, including agility, obedience, flyball and heelwork to music, the event highlights the diverse role that dogs play in society through a variety of displays and events. Crufts also offers an unparalleled opportunity for some serious retail therapy, with hundreds of trade stands offering a huge range of products for dogs and dog lovers alike.