10 - 13 March 2022, The NEC Birmingham

Qualification for Crufts 2022

The following are the qualifications a dog must have for entry at Crufts 2022.

Find out more below about the Novice & Graduate qualification classes for Crufts 2022 

Postal entries close on Monday, 10 January 2022

Online entries close on Monday, 24 January 2022 

a. Entry in breed classes at Crufts 2022, where challenge certificates are offered.

A dog is eligible for entry in breed classes where Challenge Certificates are offered if it has qualified in any of the following ways under the rules and regulations of The Kennel Club.

  1. If it is a Champion, Show Champion, Field Trial Champion, Working Trial Champion, Obedience Champion or Agility Champion under the rules of The Kennel Club.
  2. If it is entered in The Kennel Club Stud Book, or qualifies for entry in The Kennel Club Stud Book by 24 January 2022.
  3. If it is entered in The Kennel Club Stud Book, or qualifies for entry in The Kennel Club Stud Book by 24 January 2022 through Field Trials or Working Trials.
  4. If it has won any of the following prizes in a breed class (as defined in The Kennel Club regulations for the Definitions of Classes at Championship Shows) at a championship show, where Challenge Certificates were offered for the breed between 25 January 2021 and 24 January 2022.

    i. First, Second or Third in Minor Puppy Class

    ii. First, Second or Third in Puppy Class

    iii. First, Second or Third in Junior Class

    iv. First, Second or Third in Yearling Class

    v. First, Second or Third in Novice Class

    vi. First, Second or Third in Graduate Class

    vii. First, Second or Third in Post Graduate Class

    viii. First, Second or Third in Limit Class

    ix. First, Second or Third in Open Class

    x. First, Second or Third in Veteran Class

  5. If it has won a First Prize in any breed class at Crufts 2020.  (NB This is in addition to those dogs which have qualified in classes listed under a. (4) above).
  6. If a Beagle, has won a First Prize at a Hound Show between 25 January 2021 and 24 January 2022 held under the Rules and Regulations of the Masters of Harriers and Beagles Association.
  7. If it has been placed 1st – 4th in each Group or 1st – 4th in each Puppy Group at a Premier Open Show held on the Group system between 25 January 2021 and 24 January 2022.
  8. If it has won Best in Show, Reserve Best in Show or Best Puppy in Show at a General or Group Open Show between 25 January 2021 and 24 January 2022.
b. Additional entry into breed classes at Crufts 2022 where challenge certificates are offered.

If it has won any of the following prizes at General and Group Championship Shows, scheduled between 25 January 2021 and 24 January 2022 in non-CC classes for breeds normally allocated Challenge Certificates (provided there are more than three breed classes or more than five classes for Stud Book Band E

breeds).

i. Best of Breed

ii. Best Puppy in Breed

iii. First, Second or Third in Minor Puppy Class

iv. First, Second or Third in Puppy Class

v. First, Second or Third in Junior Class

vi. First, Second or Third in Yearling Class

vii. First, Second or Third in Novice Class

viii. First, Second or Third in Graduate Class

ix. First, Second or Third in Post Graduate Class

x. First, Second or Third in Limit Class

xi. First, Second or Third in Open Class

xii. First, Second or Third in Veteran Class

c. Entry in breed classes at Crufts 2022 where challenge certificates are not offered (including Hungarian Pumi).

A dog is eligible for entry in breed classes where Challenge Certificates are not offered if it has qualified in any of the following ways under the rules and regulations of The Kennel Club.

  1. If it has been declared Best of Sex or Reserve Best of Sex of a breed or gained any of the following Prizes in Breed or Variety Classes at a Championship Show, including Crufts between 25 January 2021 and 24 January 2022.
    i. First, Second or Third in Minor Puppy Class
    ii. First, Second or Third in Puppy Class
    iii. First, Second or Third in Junior Class
    iv. First, Second or Third in Yearling Class
    v. First, Second or Third in Novice Class
    vi. First, Second or Third in Graduate Class
    vii. First, Second or Third in Post Graduate Class
    viii. First, Second or Third in Limit Class
    ix. First, Second or Third in Open Class
    x. First, Second or Third in Veteran Class
    (See note 2.)
  2. If it has won a First Prize in any breed class at Crufts 2020 (including AV Imported Register classes). (NB This is in addition to those dogs which have qualified in classes listed under c. (1) above).

  3. If it has been placed 1st – 4th in each Group or 1st – 4th in each Puppy Group at a Premier Open Show held on the Group system between 25 January 2021 and 24 January 2022.

  4. If it has won Best in Show, Reserve Best in Show or Best Puppy in Show at a General or Group Open Show held between 25 January 2021 and 24 January 2022.

d. Entry into AV imported register classes at Crufts 2022.

A dog is eligible if it has been awarded Best of Sex or Reserve Best of Sex or gained any of the following prizes in the Imported Register classes at a General or Group Championship Show held between 25 January 2021 and 24 January 2022.

  1. i. First, Second or Third in Puppy class
    ii. First, Second or Third in Junior class
    iii. First, Second or Third in Post Graduate class
    iv. First, Second or Third in Open class
  2. If it has won a First Prize in
    any
    breed class at Crufts 2020. (NB This is in addition to those dogs
    which have qualified in classes listed under d. (1) above).
  3. If it has been placed 1st
    – 4th
    in each Group or 1st
    – 4th
    in each Puppy Group at a Premier Open Show
    held on the Group system between 25 January 2021 and 24 January 2022.
  4. If it has won Best in Show, Reserve Best in Show or Best Puppy in Show at a General or Group Open
    Show held between 25 January 2021 and 24 January 2022.
e. Entry in field trial classes at Crufts 2022.

A dog is eligible for entry in Field Trial classes for its breed if it has at any time won an award, a Diploma of Merit or a Certificate of Merit in actual competition at a Field Trial held under The Kennel Club or Irish Kennel Club Regulations.

f. Entry in special working gundog classes at Crufts 2022.

A dog is eligible for entry in Special Working Gundog classes for its breed if it has at any time been awarded a Working Gundog certificate, a Kennel Club Show Gundog Working Certificate or won an award, Diploma of Merit or Certificate of Merit in competition at a Field Trial held under the rules of any governing body recognised by The Kennel Club.

g. Entry in special working trial classes at Crufts 2022.

With the exception of Bloodhounds, a dog is eligible for entry in Working Trial classes for its breed if it has gained a qualification not lower than UD Excellent under Kennel Club Working Trial Regulations. A Bloodhound is eligible for entry in Working Trial classes if it has won a prize at a Working Trial for Bloodhounds held under Kennel Club Working Trial Regulations.

h. Obedience championships at Crufts 2022.

A dog is eligible for entry if it has won a Kennel Club Obedience Certificate at a Show held between 25 January 2021 and 24 January 2022.

Overseas qualifications

The following qualifications refer to Kennel Club fully recognised breeds only. 

  1. Any champion from a country with which The Kennel Club has a reciprocal agreement qualifies automatically if it is domiciled in the UK and is on The Kennel Club Breed Register.
  2. Any FCI International Beauty Champion and the two Show Champion titles CIB for 'non-working breeds' and CIE for 'working breeds’.
  3. Winners of Junior Dog and Junior Bitch classes, plus the Best Dog and the Best Bitch at nominated shows in overseas countries who held qualifying shows for Crufts 2022.
  4. Winners of Junior Dog and Junior Bitch classes, plus CACIB Dog and CACIB Bitch at the World Dog Show 2021. Winners of Junior Dog, Junior Bitch, Veteran Dog, Veteran Bitch plus CACIB Dog and CACIB Bitch at the European Dog Show in 2021.
  5. USA(to be confirmed) Winners of Best of Breed, Best of Opposite, Awards of Excellence at the AKC Invitational, December 2021 and in addition, Best of Breed, Best of Opposite, Grand Champion Select Dog and Bitch, Awards of Merit Winners (if offered) and Best Bred by Exhibitor (if offered), at one National Breed Speciality show per breed chosen by the parent breed club and agreed by the AKC.
  6. CANADA - The top five dogs from each breed according to the Top Show Dog point system, as well as the Best of Breed, Best of Opposite, Select Dog, Select Bitch and Award of Merit Winners at the National Specialties agreed by the Canadian Kennel Club.
  7. AUSTRALIA – Shows have been nominated for 2021 in each of the eight states. Winners of Junior Dog and Junior Bitch classes, plus the Best Dog and the Best Bitch to qualify at each show.
  8. JAPAN – Winners of Best Dog of each breed (BOB Dog) and Best Bitch of each breed (BOB Bitch), as well as Best Puppy Dog of each breed (BPOB Dog) and Best Puppy Bitch of each breed (BPOB Bitch) at the FCI Japan International Show 2021 on 3 and 4 April in Osaka (JKC Annual Show).
  9. NEW ZEALAND (to be confirmed) Winners of Junior Dog and Junior Bitch classes, plus the Best Dog and Best Bitch to qualify from the NZKC National Show.
  10. GUERNSEY (to be confirmed) All Group Winners, Best Puppy in Show, Reserve Best Puppy in Show, Best Veteran in Show plus Best Junior in Show from the Spring, Autumn and Winter Open Shows in 2021.
  11. JERSEY – All Group Winners, All Puppy Group Winners, All Junior Group Winners plus Best Veteran in Show from three nominated Championship Shows in 2021.
  12. HONG KONG(to be confirmed) Winners of CAC Dog and CAC Bitch for all Kennel Club recognised breeds from the 255th & 258th All Breed Championship Dog Show, in 2021
  13. SOUTH AFRICA -  All Challenge Certificate (CC’s) and Best of Breed (BOB) winners at the KUSA National Show 2021 on 26 September.
  14. IRELAND - Winners of Best Junior Dog, Best Junior Bitch, Best Dog and Best Bitch in each Kennel Club recognised breed from Irish Kennel Club All Breed Championship Show on 13 and 14 November 2021.

 

Notes on qualifications
  1. A breed class is a class confined to one breed
  2. Awards as above qualify a dog for entry at Crufts 2022 only if the class in which the award was gained was not made ‘Special’ in any way, i.e. by age, colour, height, weight, coat, to members of a society, to breeders etc. Wins in sweepstake classes do not qualify, nor do wins in any classes other than those stated above
  3. Junior and Veteran Champion titles are not recognised by The Kennel Club
  4. In any class scheduled at Crufts 2022 for which an age limit appears in the definition the age is calculated to 10 March 2022
  5. No entries will be accepted ‘Not for Competition
  6. Dogs qualifying after 10 January 2022 can only be entered online
  7. For a full list of overseas qualifying shows please see the overseas qualifying page 
  8. Online entries only will be accepted
Competing in the UK

COMPETING WITH DOCKED OR CROPPED DOGS IN THE UK

  • Docked Dogs

Under law, no docked dogs are permitted to be shown at Crufts.

  • Cropping

No dog with cropped ears is eligible to compete at any Kennel Club licensed event.

Bringing dogs into the UK

Crufts exhibitors must ensure that their dogs fully comply with the entry rules for bringing dogs into the UK. In the case of dogs being brought from some countries, this will involve a process which can take a number of months to complete prior to travel to the UK and Crufts.

For further details please see Government website

Please note:  Birmingham Airport is not a legal point of entry into the UK for those travelling with dogs.  Please ensure you come into the UK via an approved route.  For more guidance visit www.gov.uk

FAQs on 2022 Crufts qualification Novice & Graduate

Show organisers
  1. Our schedule has been published and entries are still open however we did not schedule novice or graduate, can we add them now?
    Yes, regulations have been relaxed to allow you to add either or both of these classes, you must email the Breed Shows Team (The Kennel Club) requesting permission and the changes advertised in the canine press and as widely as possible.

  2. Our schedule has been published and entries have closed however we did not schedule novice or graduate, can we add them now?
    No, unfortunately as entries have closed no modifications to the schedule can be made.

  3. Can an exhibitor transfer into novice or graduate now these classes are qualifiers?
    If entries have not closed exhibitors may transfer into the appropriate class. If entries have closed, dogs must not be transferred unless the transfer meets Regulation F(1)8.l.(2).

  4. Where do we add these classes into the classification?
    Classes should be added in the correct sequential order as per regulation F(A) where possible, to allow these to appear in the catalogue correctly and judges to judge in the usual order. We would suggest discussing the best way to do this with your printer. Examples of how you may do this include; Add the class/classes in the correct numerical order with the inclusion of (a), (b) eg. 23 yearling (D), 23a novice (D)

    Add the class/classes onto the end of your classification for entries, the judges book and the judging must follow the standard order of classes, the only difference being the class numbers will not be in sequence.

  5. Do we need to amend the number of classes detailed on our licence application form?
    Yes, please email Breed Shows Team (The Kennel Club) specifying the show date and what you wish to amend when requesting permission to schedule these additional classes.

  6. Should rosettes and prize cards be offered?
    These classes should be treated as usual.

 

Exhibitors
  1. I entered my dog into post graduate however now Graduate is a qualifier for Crufts can I transfer my dog?
    Yes, you can transfer your dog into graduate (if eligible) so long as this is completed prior to the close of entries. Please note that there may be a charge for amending an entry.

  2. My dog came 2nd in novice at a championship show in April 2021 before the qualification was announced. Does it still qualify?
    Yes, any dog which won 1st, 2nd or 3rd in novice at a championship show from 25 January 2021 until 24 January 2022 inclusive will be eligible to enter Crufts 2022.

  3. Where can I find the full qualification criteria for Crufts 2022?
    You can find the full qualification criteria above.