9-12 March 2023, The NEC Birmingham

Vulnerable breeds competition

Following a similar format to the one used in 2021, only the Best of Breed winners at designated championship shows this year, one of which has already taken place, will qualify for the final.

The competition is open to all vulnerable British and Irish breeds competing at the following championship shows:

  • Hound Association
  • National Working and Pastoral Breeds society
  • National Gundog Association
  • United Kingdom Toy Dog society
  • National Terrier Club

Dogs of breeds that are on The Kennel Club’s Vulnerable British and Irish breeds list which win Best of Breed at the above shows will be invited to compete in the grand final at Crufts 2023. In cases where the Best of Breed winner is unable to compete in the final, the Best Opposite Sex winner will be invited.

Following registration statistics from 2021, the Miniature Bull Terrier, Old English Sheepdog and Bearded Collie have shown an increase in registrations at just over 300 a year and are therefore no longer on The Kennel Club’s Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds list so are unable to qualify for the Crufts 2023 competition.

The Crufts vulnerable breed competition judge for 2023 is Mrs E P Hollings.

Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds (based on 2021 registrations)

  • Bloodhound
  • Collie (Smooth)
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  • Deerhound
  • English Setter
  • English Toy Terrier (Black and Tan)
  • Fox Terrier (Smooth)
  • Glen of Imaal Terrier
  • Gordon Setter
  • Irish Red and White Setter
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Lakeland Terrier
  • Lancashire Heeler
  • Manchester Terrier
  • Mastiff
  • Norwich Terrier
  • Otterhound
  • Retriever (Curly Coated)
  • Sealyham Terrier
  • Skye Terrier
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Spaniel (Clumber)
  • Spaniel (Field)
  • Spaniel (Irish Water)
  • Spaniel (Sussex)
  • Spaniel (Welsh Springer)
  • Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)