Interesting facts about Crufts

  • Crufts began in 1891
  • 1928 saw the award of the first Best in Show Champion to greyhound Primley Sceptre.
  • Apart from the two world wars Crufts has only ever been cancelled once in 1954 due to an electricians' strike.
  • The Best in Show has been awarded for the past 79 years. There have been 40 breeds that have been awarded the Best in Show title over the years and the Cocker Spaniel has won the most frequently, with seven wins.
  • The Welsh Terrier and Irish Terrier have each won four times.
  • The Greyhound, German Shepherd Dog, Fox Terrier, Labrador Retriever, English Setter and Standard Poodle have each won three times.
  • Hundreds of Cross breeds also take part in Crufts, through agility and flyball competitions and have their own Kennel Club organised Scruffts competitions throughout the year.
  • Vulnerable breeds have won Best in Show at Crufts eight times. This is normally followed by a peak in interest in the breeds. For example, the Kennel Club saw enquiries about the Sealyham Terrier increase by 55 percent in the month after the breed won Crufts 2009 and saw eight registrations in the first quarter of 2009, compared to 0 registrations in the same quarter in 2008.  The Kerry Blue Terrier also saw the highest number of registrations in the breed for more than ten years, in the year following its 2000 Best in Show success.