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Special Competitions

International Junior Handling Competition

The Kennel Club is again organising this prestigious final at Crufts 2018. Junior handlers from many different countries will be competing for the ultimate title.

Split into three exciting rounds, the competition requires the finalists to demonstrate their handling ability and rapport with unfamiliar dogs that they have met less than an hour before the final! The finalists have each selected a first and second choice breed but will not have met the individual dogs before.

They will then handle a second dog of another breed with only about five minutes of bonding time beforehand, before returning to the ring with their original choice of breed. The judge will make a secret shortlist, with all the finalists later returning to the Arena for the final parade where the 2018 winner will be crowned.

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Junior Warrant Competition

The Junior Warrant Competition is an annual competition where Junior Warrant winners compete for the coveted title ‘Junior Warrant Winner of the Year’ award. Each year, a series of qualifying heats are held by General Canine Societies around the country scheduling Open Shows during August and September.

At each heat, five dogs and a reserve are selected by the judge and 64 dogs from the heats are then invited to the Semi Finals at Discover Dogs. Ten finalists are then selected to then compete at the Final which is held at Crufts. The overall winner is presented with an award and trophy at Crufts.


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Breeders’ Competition

Originally launched on January 15th 2009, the prestigious Breeders' Competition, sponsored by Agria Pet Insurance, makes a return as a stand-alone competition at Crufts 2018. The competition gives breeders the opportunity to showcase their skill and knowledge as a breeder. 

The competition will have a maximum of 40 teams and each team must compromise three or four dogs of the same breed, each with their own handler.

Entries for 2018 are now closed

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KCAI Trainer of the Year

The Kennel Club Accredited Instructors Scheme (KCAI Scheme) recognises and promotes dog training instructors, who have undertaken to abide by the scheme’s code of practice which has the welfare, care and needs of the dog at heart.

The KCAI Trainer of the Year award recognises the outstanding talents of dog training instructors, who are members of the KCAI Scheme.

2017 KCAI Trainer of the Year public vote is now open!

Click here to see the finalists