Almost 21,500 dogs will be heading to the NEC in Birmingham from 5th-8th March, to compete in some of the world’s most prestigious canine competitions at Crufts 2015.
Kennel Club entry figures show that 21,474 dogs will be taking part in breed judging, Gamekeepers’ classes and the Obedience and Agility Championships, which matches 2014’s figures within one percent.
As ever, the event has a truly international flavour with 2995 dogs competing from overseas, compared to 2655 in 2014, an increase of 13 percent. Dogs from a total of 45 overseas countries will take part in the show, including Brazil, Canada and the Republic of Korea.
The number of breeds being shown at Crufts continues to grow, adding to the diversity of the event. The Griffon Fauve de Bretagne and Portuguese Pointer will compete in the Any Variety Import Register classes for the first time this year, helping these classes attract 149 dogs, an increase of 9 percent on 2014.
The Beauceron has its own breed classes for the first time, with 20 dogs of the breed having their first chance to go on to win Best in Show, and the Hungarian Kuvasz will be represented at Crufts for the first time in five years.
Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “We are delighted that the entries to Crufts remain strong and steady. We feel honoured to welcome dogs from such a wide variety of breeds and to welcome dogs representing all corners of the globe. The fact that people travel far and wide to enter this prestigious event is testament to the place it continues to hold in people’s hearts and we intend to keep going from strength to strength.
“We look forward to welcoming all the dogs and their owners, who make Crufts such a wonderful event, whether it is those who have been loyally retuning for many years or those who are experiencing the show for the first time.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are very proud to welcome to Crufts those dogs and people who are at the top of their game in their own dog related activity, whether showing, agility, flyball, obedience, the gamekeepers competition or heelwork to music. Crufts is an event for everybody and there is so much entertainment and information for all dog lovers, helping to inspire new generations of people to take part in activities with their dogs.”