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