DFS Crufts – The Greatest Dog Show on Earth

The world’s largest and greatest dog show, DFS Crufts 2010, will take place from the 11th – 14th March at the NEC, Birmingham. With healthy, happy dogs at the heart of the show, DFS Crufts will be a celebration of the relationship between dogs and their owners, and full of events that showcase the diverse role dogs play in society.

As well as the traditional Best in Show final, DFS Crufts is host to a variety of competitions including the International Agility Championships and the ever popular Friends for Life contest, which is full of heart-warming stories of friendship in adversity, where dogs have truly earned the title of man’s best friend through bravery, support or companionship.

Caroline Kisko, Communications Director of the Kennel Club, which organises the show, said: “We are very excited about next year’s event and demonstrating to our visitors how important dogs are in our lives. DFS Crufts is a unique opportunity for dog lovers to come together to make a real difference for dogs.

“The Kennel Club’s primary concern is the health and welfare of all dogs and it is through important and influential dog shows such as DFS Crufts that we can safeguard the long term health and welfare of pedigree dogs.  Dog shows enable us to encourage and reward the breeding of happy, healthy dogs by making sure that these are the ones that go home with the prizes.  Without dog shows there would be less incentive to breed healthy dogs, no forum to monitor whether this is being done and no platform to educate the breeders and owners of the future.”

Visitors to the show will be able to meet and greet over 200 breeds in the Discover Dogs area and find out more about buying the right dog for them. There will be a dedicated section for breed rescue volunteers, who work tirelessly to ensure that unwanted and abandoned dogs find a good home. Visitors will also be able to learn about Kennel Club Accredited Breeders, who put the health and welfare of their puppies first and foremost and take the required health tests for their breed.

Caroline added: “We are very excited this year to have announced that DFS Crufts will be televised by More 4 each evening of the show. This production will be carried out by Sunset and Vine who will also be carrying out the live web streaming of the event, ensuring that all dog lovers from the UK and around the world can enjoy the show. We welcome More 4’s commitment to screening DFS Crufts as a way to highlight health and welfare issues and inform viewers in an interesting and engaging way.”

Tickets cost £13 for adults - with a 4-day ticket available at £46 - and £17 for Best in Show. Concessions are also available.  All tickets are subject to a booking fee.  Book by calling the DFS Crufts Ticket Hotline at The Ticket Factory on 0844 444 99 44 or online at www.theticketfactory.com