UK's best breeders to compete in Breeders' Competition final at Crufts 2013

With just two weeks left to secure a place in the Main Arena at Crufts 2013, this weekend’s Ladies Kennel Association Championship Dog Show was the last General Championship show of the year for breeders to qualify for the Kennel Club’s Breeders’ Competition Final.

Sponsored by Agria Pet Insurance, the Grand Final will be held in the Main Arena at Crufts 2013 on Saturday, 9th March at 6.15pm, and will be judged by Michael Coad.

Breeders need to have achieved a minimum of 25 points over the calendar year and to have submitted their records to the Kennel Club by Monday, 7th January 2013 to be in with a chance of winning the prestigious title of Best Breeder or Reserve Best Breeder.

Currently at the top of the leader board are Lireva Pomeranians and Janmark Bedlington Terriers. As well as the above, three teams - Holbain Irish Water Spaniels, Pugalicious Pugs and Allmark  Australian Shepherd Dogs - have also reached 75 points and were awarded with a bottle of champagne for their achievements at LKA at the NEC on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December.

Competitors wishing to view their points total on the official Our Dogs Leader Board can do so at, but are reminded that a copy of the record book must also be submitted to the Kennel Club to ensure qualification.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “The competition is a fantastic opportunity for breeders to showcase their breeding knowledge and show off their dogs, and now is the time to make sure that they have secured a place in the final at Crufts next year.

“Those chosen for the final will be the top scoring breeders who have achieved in excess of 25 points, with only the top 50 applicants being given the opportunity to challenge for the title of Best Breeder. Good luck to everyone entering the competition and congratulations to those who have achieved 75 points or more.”

As in previous years, finalists will be pre-judged before going into the Main Arena. The breeder’s team must comprise three or four exhibits of the same breed, must have one handler per dog, and all dogs must have the same registered breeder or breeder partnership.

Competitors are reminded to forward a copy of their Record Book to the Canine Activities Department at the Kennel Club by Monday, 7th January 2013.

The Kennel Club will acknowledge receipt of each record book – if an acknowledgement has not been received within 10 working days, or if you simply wish to get more information about the final, please contact Kathryn Marsh on 0844 463 3980 ext 303 or email

18th December 2012
Image caption – Holbain Irish Water Spaniels receiving champagne from The Kennel Club's Sarah Watkins (Photograph credit - Ida Bouwhuis LLOVALLDesign)
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Notes To Editors
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 biggest reunification service for microchipped animals. The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is the only scheme in the UK that monitors 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 in welfare campaigns, dog training and education programmes and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports research into dog diseases and dog welfare charities, including Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations that re-home dogs throughout the UK. 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. The new Kennel Club Cancer Centre at the Animal Health Trust will contribute to the AHT’s well-established cancer research programme, helping to further improve dog health.