Treat your mother to a day surrounded by happy, healthy dogs, by visiting Crufts this Mothering Sunday and take a moment to think about the important role mums play in the canine world too.
No longer just a dog show, Crufts 2013 is packed full of events and competitions that celebrate the talents of man’s best friend, making it the perfect gift for mother day.
Former Olympic swimmer, and eye candy for mums, Mark Foster is diving into the role of judge for the return of the Crufts Factor competition, which promises a final of the finest canine talent following headline success in its premier year at Crufts 2012. Making its debut at Crufts 2013 will be the crossbreed only competition, Scruffts, but of course, what the world will be waiting for is the judge’s decision on which dog will take Crufts Best in Show on Sunday March 10th.
This Mothers Day, Crufts wants to ask its visitors to think about the important role of mums. Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary says: “We hope everyone will take time to celebrate mums at Crufts, not just your mum but the mums of all the dogs out there too.
“When choosing a puppy, not everyone thinks about the dog’s mum, but they should. We would advise never to buy a puppy without seeing its mum. There are numerous reasons why meeting the mum is so important, you will want to make sure that they are well cared for, healthy and have a good temperament. If a breeder will not let you see the breeding environment or the puppy’s mum, then alarm bells should ring.
“Sadly, many people are still buying dogs from puppy farms, where puppies are bred from overused breeding bitches, without any regard for their health or wellbeing. This is not only terrible for the mums, but bad for the puppies too, their poor breeding environment, lack of care and insufficient socialisation can cause a host of health and behavioral problems.”
Crufts has a host of information about buying a puppy responsibly, from why choosing the breed is so important, to the steps a responsible breeder will take and what to do when you get your puppy home. Visit the Breeding for the Future Stand at Crufts to learn about the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme, health testing and more.
145,000 people are expected to come through the doors of the NEC from the 7th – 10th March to meet the 27,000 dogs that will be at Crufts over the four days. Visitors will be able to watch the live events each day throughout the NEC and speak to experts about different breeds and the future of dog health.
Tickets cost £14 for adults in advance and £17 on the door. Best in Show tickets start from £17.50. Concessions are also available. All tickets are subject to a booking fee. Book by calling the Crufts Ticket Hotline at The Ticket Factory on 0844 444 99 44, or online at www.theticketfactory.com.
The Crufts we love is back and better than ever. For more information visit www.crufts.org.uk.
28th February 2013
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Notes to editors
• Watch Crufts on More4 from 6.30pm – 9pm on 7 – 9th March and from 5.30 – 8pm on 10th March on Channel 4. The coverge will include all of the highlights from the Arena programme, including the presentation to the Friends for Life winner. Also watch Crufts live on the Crufts YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/Crufts.
• Tickets cost £14 for adults in advance and £17 on the door. Best in Show tickets start from £17.50. Concessions are also available. All tickets are subject to a booking fee. Book by calling the Crufts Ticket Hotline at The Ticket Factory on 0844 444 99 44, or online at www.theticketfactory.com.
• Crufts is a unique celebration of happy, healthy dogs and of the loving relationship that they enjoy with their owners. It recognises the varied roles that dogs play in society and highlights the many different disciplines and activities in which dogs are involved.