Vulnerable Breeds Competition

Vulnerable Breeds Competition

The Vulnerable Breeds competition was launched in 2015. Each year the competition returns to the Best in Show ring to raise awareness of vulnerable British and Irish breeds. The competition recognises those people who are dedicated to the survival and prosperity of these breeds. 

The competition has already proved very popular and at this year’s Crufts, Louise Pinkney took the title with her Irish Wolfhound, Ch Hydebeck Imperial Ruler JW, known at home as Gordon.


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The competition is open to all vulnerable British and Irish breeds competing at the following group championship shows:
Hound:The Hound Association
Gundog: National Gundog Association
Terrier: National Terrier Club
Working: National Working and Pastoral Breeds Society
Pastoral: National Working and Pastoral Breeds Society
Toy: United Kingdom Toy Dog Society

Dogs of breeds which are on the Kennel Club’s vulnerable British and Irish breeds list who win Best of Breed at the above shows will qualify for the competition and will be invited to compete in the grand final at Crufts 2019. 

Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds 2018:
Bloodhound, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Clumber Spaniels, Curly Coated Retrievers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Deerhounds, English Setters, English Toy Terriers (Black and Tan), Field Spaniels, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Gordon Setters, Irish Red & White Setters, Irish Terriers, Irish Water Spaniels, Kerry Blue Terriers, King Charles Spaniels, Lakeland Terriers, Lancashire Heelers, Manchester Terriers, Mastiffs, Miniature Bull Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Otterhounds, Sealyham Terriers, Skye Terriers, Smooth Collies, Smooth Fox Terriers, Sussex Spaniels.