Kennel Club entry figures for Crufts reveal that more than 25,000 dogs will be making their way to the NEC in Birmingham on 7th – 10th March 2013.
In total 20,566 dogs have been entered into breed judging, Gamekeepers’ classes and the Obedience Championships, including a record number of dogs from overseas. In addition, thousands more dogs will take part in agility, heelwork to music, flyball and a number of other competitions and displays as well as the popular Discover Dogs area.
Crufts 2013 has attracted more than 2,000 dogs from overseas for the first time. A total of 2,131 dogs from 41 different countries will take part at the show, including dogs from Hong Kong, India, Indonesia and Malaysia, none of which have previously been represented.
Continuing the international theme, this year’s Crufts will feature Any Variety Import Register classes for the first time, and these have attracted 145 dogs across 13 breeds which have not been shown at the world’s greatest dog show before. These include breeds from all corners of the globe, such as the Korean Jindo, Eurasier, Mexican Hairless and Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Kennel Club and Crufts Committee wish to thank all of those taking part in Crufts 2013 for their support. The fact that dog owners continue to come in their 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.
“In addition to the dogs that are officially entered into the show, we welcome thousands of other dogs to this wonderful celebration of all things canine. This includes the dogs in the Discover Dogs area which, alongside their owners, help visitors to find out more about the dog pedigree that would be best suited to their lifestyle; those that take part in the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme and Young Kennel Club rings, and of course our hero dogs in the Friends for Life final.
“Once again, those who cannot make it to the NEC can watch the coverage live on More4 from 6.30pm-9pm from Thursday to Saturday, and on Sunday the coverage will be shown on Channel 4 from 5.30pm-8pm including Best in Show.
“Throughout Crufts you can also watch live streaming from the Arena on either the Crufts YouTube channel or Eukanuba European YouTube channel. People are also encouraged to follow the Kennel Club on Twitter and Crufts on Facebook, so that they can share their enjoyment and keep up to date with the latest news.”
4th February 2013