Kids at Crufts

YKC Stakes Winner 2018 ©  Yulia Titovets

Young Kennel Club (YKC)

Are you aged between the ages of 6-24 years? Do you have a passion for dogs? Why not visit the Young Kennel Club ring which showcases the top young people in the country.

The YKC ring has a variety of competitions and displays over the four days. Our Senior YKC members are on hand over the course of the show to help competitors and offer advice to new members who would like to take their first steps into the world of dogs. 

The ring is the ultimate platform for young talent in the dog world, with something for everyone, the finals of all the disciplines are guaranteed to be nail biting!

Get in free on all four days!

As a fully paid up member of the YKC you are entitled to visit Crufts all four days for FREE ! 

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International Junior Handling Competition

International Junior Handling Competition

The International Junior Handling Competition, brings together young handlers from across the World. Each Country has one representative who competes in the main arena, with the chance of winning the ultimate title. This makes for perfect viewing if you are thinking of getting into dog showing!

Split into three exciting rounds, the competition requires the finalists to demonstrate their handling ability and rapport with unfamiliar dogs that they have met less than an hour before the final! The finalists have each selected a first and second choice breed but will not have met the individual dogs before.

They will then handle a second dog of another breed with only about five minutes of bonding time beforehand, before returning to the ring with their original choice of breed. The judge will make a secret shortlist, with all the finalists later returning to the Arena for the final parade where the winner will be crowned.

A full list of countries and competitors will be available soon. 

Watch the 2018 final here