Crufts 2012 qualifiers come to Birmingham

Dog lovers are invited to come along to enjoy the experience of seeing over 11,500 dogs entered in the Ladies Kennel Association Championship Dog Show at the NEC, Birmingham this weekend.

More than 140 different breeds of pedigree dog will compete on 10th and 11th December for the ultimate ‘Best in Show’ prize and for a chance to take part in the world’s largest dog show, Crufts.

The show is the penultimate of 37 Group and General Championship Dog Shows licensed by the Kennel Club throughout the year which enable dogs to qualify for Crufts, which takes place from 8th to 11th March 2012, again at the NEC.

Each day will host different breeds of pedigree dog, which are divided into seven groups. On Saturday 10th December, visitors can see the Terrier, Gundog and Hound groups being judged, followed by the Toy, Utility, Pastoral and Working groups on Sunday 11th December. The seven group winners will then compete for the prestigious Best in Show award at the climax of the show on Sunday. To find out which group your favourite breed is in, please visit

Ladies Kennel Association show secretary Mrs Valentine said: “The Ladies Kennel Association show has long been considered as the definitive Christmas show, so as well as getting to see many amazing healthy and happy dogs, it is the perfect opportunity for people to stop by and shop till they drop at some of the fantastic trade stands that will be at the show!”.

Admission is £7 for adults and £4 for concessions on the door, making it the perfect day out for the whole family. Visitors are requested to leave their own dogs at home as non-competing dogs are not permitted into the event.

Tickets for Crufts are now on sale at

6th December 2011

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The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.

It runs the country’s largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is the UK’s largest reunification service for microchipped animals. The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is the only scheme in the UK that monitors and sets standards for breeders, in order to protect the welfare of puppies and breeding bitches. It also runs the UK’s largest dog training programme, the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme and licenses shows and clubs across a wide range of activities, which help dog owners to bond and enjoy life with their dogs. The Kennel Club runs the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, and the Discover Dogs event at Earls Court, London, which is a fun family day out that educates people about how to buy responsibly and care for their dog.

The Kennel Club invests the money that it makes from registrations and its Petlog identification database into its dog training and education programmes, welfare campaigns and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports dog welfare charities and research into dog diseases. The Kennel Club jointly runs health screening schemes with the British Veterinary Association and, through the Charitable Trust, funds the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, which is at the forefront of pioneering research into dog health.