5 - 8 March 2020, The NEC Birmingham

The Kennel Club Friends for Life

The annual Friends for Life competition at Crufts celebrates the unique relationship people have with their dogs, the important role man’s best friend plays throughout our lives and the support they give us in the face of adversity.

The Friends for Life winner (voted by you) will be announced on Sunday 8th March at 5.20pm in the Crufts main arena.

They will receive £5,000 from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for the dog charity of the choice, with the other finalists receiving £1,000 for their chosen dog charity.

Our five categories are as follows:
  • Extraordinary life of a working dog – for those who have shown extraordinary qualities working in the army, police force, RAF, airport, search and rescue etc.
  • Hero support dog - celebrating all support and assistance dogs, from guide dogs, hearing dogs, medical detection dogs and autism assistance dogs to support dogs, including therapy dogs or pets who provide emotional support
  • Best friends – celebrating a pet dog who has seen its owner through the hardest times, as well as the happiest
  • Child’s champion – recognising a dog that has supported and had a positive impact on a child's life (16 years and under)
  • Rescue dog hero – for a rescue dog who has overcome adversity and gone on to improve the life of its owner/s