Kennel Club entry figures for Crufts reveal that around 26,000 dogs will be making their way to NEC in Birmingham from 8-11 March 2012, with a record number of overseas entries.
In total 21,029 dogs have been entered into breed judging, Agility and Obedience Championship and the highest ever entry has been recorded for the Breeders’ Competition with 49 teams and 196 dogs entered. Thousands more dogs will take part in other aspects of the competition, including Discover Dogs, Friends for Life and the Good Citizen Dog Scheme ring.
The Kennel Club will welcome 1,388 dogs from overseas, a 13 percent increase from last year. The dogs will represent 38 different countries from around the world including Germany, Latvia, Canada, the United States, Thailand, and for the first ever time, from Chile.
The Golden Retriever maintained its position as the most well represented breed at the show with 516 dogs and bitches entered, up 5 percent on last year.
Proportionally, the breeds with the largest year-on-year increases for their breed include the Hungarian Puli (up 81 percent, from 31 to 56 dogs), the Japanese Akita Inu (up 58 percent, from 26 to 41) and the Boston Terrier (up 44 percent from 87 to 125 dogs).
Those with the biggest year-on-year decrease include the Irish Water Dog down 46 percent to 28 dogs and the Sealyham Terrier down 44 percent to 22 dogs. In total the number of dogs taking part in breed judging, Agility and Obedience Championship is down by 1.8 percent on 2011. The small decline is thought to be down to economic factors and the overall decline in dogs entering qualifying Championship Shows. There is also a continuing impact docking legislation under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, which mean that even legally docked working dogs may not be shown at events where the public pay an entry fee. The only exemption was if dogs were docked before the legislation was brought in, which is increasingly applying to fewer and fewer dogs.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Kennel Club and Crufts Committee wish to thank all of those taking part in Crufts 2012 for their support. The record number of overseas entries reflects the truly international flavour of the event. The fact that dog owners come in their tens of thousands to celebrate their dogs on the world’s most famous dog stage is testament to what a special place Crufts holds in the hearts of dog lovers throughout the world. We have the highest ever entry to the Breeders’ Competition, which shows the continued enthusiasm for this aspect of the competition.
“In addition to the dogs that are entered into the breed judging, Agility and Championship Obedience we welcome thousands of other dogs that are celebrated throughout the show. This includes those dogs in the Discover Dogs area who, alongside their owners, help visitors to find out more about the dog breed that would be best suited to their lifestyle; the dogs that take part in the Good Citizen Dog Scheme ring and of course our hero dogs in the Friends for Life final.
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A number of breeds starting at Crufts will have early or late starts and others have been moved to different rings.
The breeds that have been moved are as follows:
Day 1. Toy and Utility Groups
Bolognese have been moved from Hall 5 Ring 32 to Hall 4 Ring 23.
Day 3 Working and Pastoral Groups
Anatolian Sheepdog have been moved from Hall 2 Ring 10 to Hall 4 Ring 19.
The breeds with the early and late starts are as follows:
Day 1 – Toy and Utility Groups
Ring 3/4 – Akita Late Start 10.00 a.m.
Ring 7 – Dalmatian Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 11 – Poodle (Toy) Late Start 10.00 a.m.
Ring 12 – Poodle (Miniature) Late Start 10.00 a.m.
Ring 15 – Bulldog Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 18 – Tibetan Terrier Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 19 – Keeshond Late Start 10.00 a.m.
Ring 23 – Pekingese Late Start 10.00 a.m.
Ring 24 – Pug Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 27 – Chihuahua (Long Coat) Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 29 – Papillon Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 32 – King Charles Spaniel Late Start 10.00 a.m.
Ring 34 – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (B) Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 36 – Yorkshire Terrier Late Start 10.00 a.m.
Day 2 – Gundog Group
Ring 2 – Spaniel (Sussex) Late Start 10.00 a.m.
Ring 3 – Irish Setter (D) Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 4 – Gordon Setter Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 6 – English Setter Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 7/8 – Pointer Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 9 – Spaniel (American Cocker) Late Start 10.00 a.m.
Ring 14 – Spaniel (Cocker) (B) Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 19 – German Wirehaired Pointer Late Start 10.00 a.m.
Ring 27 - Retriever (Golden) (D) Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 30 – Retriever (Flat Coated) (B) Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 34 – Retriever (Labrador) (B) Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Day 3 – Working and Pastoral Groups
Ring 2 – Border Collie (B) Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 6 – Australian Shepherd Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 8 – Bearded Collie (B) Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 12 – Shetland Sheepdog (B) Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 13 – Belgian Shepherd Dog (Tervueren) Late Start 10.00 a.m
Ring 14 – Belgian Shepherd Dog (Groenendael) Late Start 10.00 a.m
Ring 18 – Old English Sheepdog Late Start 10.00 a.m.
Ring 19 – Finnish Lapphund Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 21 – Portuguese Water Dog Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 22 – Alaskan Malamute Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 24 – Siberian Husky Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 25 – Dobermann (D) Late Start 10.00 a.m.
Ring 27 – Leonberger Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 29 - Mastiff Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 31 – Rottweiler (D) Late Start 10.00 a.m.
Ring 33 – Newfoundland Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 35 – Boxer (D) Late Start 10.00 a.m.
Day 4 - Terrier and Hound Groups
Ring 9 – Cairn Terrier Late Start 10.00 a.m.
Ring 11 – Norwich Terrier Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 12 – Border Terrier Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 14 - Staffordshire Bull Terrier (B) Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 16 – Dachshund (Wire Haired) Late Start 10.00 a.m.
Ring 20 – Whippet (B) Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 24 – Dachshund (Long Haired) Late Start 10.00 a.m.
Ring 29 – Beagle Early Start 8.30 a.m.
Ring 33 – Basset Hound Late Start 10.00 a.m.
Ring 34 - Basenji Late Start 10.00 a.m.
Ring 36 – Afghan Hound (B) Late Start 10.00 a.m.
31st January 2012
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