Overseas dogs welcome to compete in new Crufts classes

The world’s biggest dog show is set to get even bigger next year, following the announcement that overseas exhibitors are to be given the opportunity to compete in new classes being introduced at Crufts 2013.

Following the decision taken in January to introduce scheduled Any Variety classes in each group for breeds on the Kennel Club Imported Breed Register, the Kennel Club has announced that it will open these new classes up to those dogs winning specific awards at overseas Crufts qualifying shows too.

The awards which qualify dogs to compete in the Any Variety Imported Breed Register classes are the same as those specified for dogs competing in breed classes for fully recognised breeds. These can be found in the qualification document at www.crufts.org.uk/crufts-2013-qualification.

The list of overseas shows which qualify dogs for Crufts 2013 can be found at www.crufts.org.uk/overseasqualifyingshows. Any dog which won a relevant award at a qualifying show which has already taken place in 2012 is eligible to enter Crufts 2013.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “This is an exciting move, which will provide a great opportunity for many more dogs and people from around the world to come and take part in the world’s most famous dog show.

“There is no other event quite like Crufts and we look forward to welcoming potentially as many as 23 additional breeds to the show for the first time next year. There were almost 2,000 overseas dogs at Crufts 2012 and we hope that this move will attract an even bigger attendance from the international dog showing community.”

Qualifying dogs will only be eligible to enter the Any Variety Imported Register Classes for each group, which will be scheduled each day.  However, the Best Any Variety winner will not be eligible to compete for Best in Group or Best in Show.

All dogs competing at Crufts 2013 must be registered with the Kennel Club or must have an Authority to Compete (ATC) number from the Kennel Club. For more information on how to obtain an ATC, please see  www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/2757.

The breeds which may compete for the first time at Crufts 2013 are as follows:

Hound Group

Gundog Group

Utility Group

Working Group

Pastoral Group


18th September 2012


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