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Crufts 2015 Entry Dates And Qualifications

30 April 2014    09:00
 

The minimum age requirement for dogs competing at Crufts has been changed from eight months to six months, meaning that the world's greatest dog show will now host Minor Puppy, Puppy and Junior classes.

The change, which requires that dogs be a minimum of six months old on the first day of the show, means that Crufts will now fall in line with other Kennel Club licensed events, and allows dogs qualifying at Boston and Manchester to compete at Crufts that year.

The closing dates for postal entries for Crufts 2015 will be Monday 5th January 2015, but those entering online will be able to do so until Monday 19th January 2015. Any dog which qualifies for Crufts 2015 after 5th January 2015 may only be entered online.

The below are the other qualifications that a dog must have for entry at Crufts 2015:

1. ENTRY IN BREED CLASSES AT CRUFTS 2015, 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 19th January 2015.

  3. If it is entered in the Kennel Club Stud Book, or qualifies for entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book by 19th January 2015 through Field Trials or Working Trials.

  4. If it has won any of the following prizes in a breed class (as defined in Kennel Club Regulations for the Definitions of Classes at Championship Shows) at a Championship Show, including Crufts, where Challenge Certificates were offered for the breed between 20th January 2014 and 19th January 2015.

  1. First, Second or Third in Minor Puppy Class
  2. First, Second or Third in Puppy Class
  3. First, Second or Third in Junior Class
  4. First, Second or Third in Yearling Class
  5. First, Second or Third in Post Graduate Class
  6. First, Second or Third in Limit Class
  7. First, Second or Third in Open Class
  8. First, Second or Third in Veteran Class

  5. If it has won a first prize in any breed class at Crufts 2014.  (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 20th January 2014 and 19th January 2015 held under the Rules and Regulations of the Masters of Harriers and Beagles Association.

  7. If it has been declared Best of Breed at a Premier Open Show, provided there were more than three breed classes (more than five classes for Stud Book Band E breeds) scheduled for the breed between 20th January 2014 and 19th January 2015.

  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 20th January 2014 and 19th January 2015.

2. ADDITIONAL ENTRY INTO BREED CLASSES AT CRUFTS 2015 WHERE CHALLENGE CERTIFICATES ARE OFFERED.

For General and Group Championship Shows, Best of Breed and Best Puppy in Breed in non-CC classes for breeds normally allocated Challenge Certificates qualify for Crufts (provided there are more than three breed classes or more than five classes for Stud Book Band E breeds) scheduled for the breed between 20th January 2014 and 19th January 2015.

3. ENTRY IN BREED CLASSES AT CRUFTS 2015 FOR BRACCO ITALIANO, HAVANESE AND TIBETAN MASTIFF AND WHERE CHALLENGE CERTIFICATES ARE NOT OFFERED

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 20th January 2014 and 19th January 2015.

  1. First, Second or Third in Minor Puppy Class
  2. First, Second or Third in Puppy Class
  3. First, Second or Third in Junior Class
  4. First, Second or Third in Post Graduate Class
  5. First, Second or Third in Limit Class
  6. First, Second or Third in Open Class
  7. First, Second or Third in Veteran Class

(See note 2.)           

(2) If it has won a first prize in any breed class at Crufts 2014.  (NB This is in addition to those dogs which have qualified in classes listed under c. (1) above).

(3) If it has been declared Best of Breed at a Premier Open Show provided there were more than three breed classes (more than five classes for Stud Book Band E breeds) scheduled for the breed.

(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 20th January 2014 and 19th January 2015.

4. ENTRY INTO AV IMPORT REGISTER CLASSES AT CRUFTS 2015.

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  General or Group Championship Show held between 20th January 2014 and 19th January 2015. 

  1. First, Second or Third in Puppy Class
  2. First, Second or Third in Junior Class
  3. First, Second or Third in Post Graduate Class
  4. First, Second or Third in Open Class

5. ENTRY IN FIELD TRIAL CLASSES AT CRUFTS 2015.

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 Kennel Club or Irish Kennel Club Regulations.

6. ENTRY IN SPECIAL WORKING GUNDOG CLASSES AT CRUFTS 2015.

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.

7. ENTRY IN SPECIAL WORKING TRIAL CLASSES AT CRUFTS 2015.

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.

8. OBEDIENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS AT CRUFTS 2015.

A dog is eligible for entry if it has won a Kennel Club Obedience Certificate at a Show held between 20th January 2014 and 19th January 2015.

9. AGILITY CHAMPIONSHIPS AT CRUFTS 2015.

A dog is eligible for entry if it has won a Kennel Club Agility Certificate (Large, Medium and Small Dogs) at a show held between 20th January 2014 and 19th January 2015.

10. 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 C.I.B for 'non-working breeds' and C.I.E for 'working breeds'.

(3) Winners of Junior Dog and Junior Bitch classes, plus the Best Dog and the Best Bitch at specified shows in Countries covered by the UK PET TRAVEL SCHEME. 

(4) Winners of Junior Dog and Junior Bitch classes, plus CACIB Dog and CACIB Bitch at FCI World Winners Show 2014.  Winners of Junior Dog, Junior Bitch, Veteran Dog, Veteran Bitch plus CACIB Dog and CACIB Bitch at European Winners Show in 2014.  This applies to dogs resident in countries covered by the UK PET TRAVEL SCHEME.

(5) USA - Winners of Best of Breed, Best of Opposite, Awards of Excellence at the AKC Invitational, December 2014.  Additionally, 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 group according to theDogs inCanada Top Show Dog point system, published in Dogs in Canada Blog. Additionally, Best of Breed, Best of Opposite and Award of Merit Winners at the National Specialities agreed by the Canadian Kennel Club.

(7) AUSTRALIA - One show has been nominated for 2014 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 King and Best Queen, also Best Junior King and Best Junior Queen at the FCI Asian International Championship Show 2014, Tokyo.

(9) NEW ZEALAND - Winners of Junior Dog and Junior Bitch classes, plus the Best Dog and Best Bitch to qualify from the NZKC National Show.

(10) GUERNSEY - 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 2014.

(11) JERSEY - All Group Winners, All Puppy Group Winners, All Junior Group Winners plus Best Veteran in Show from three nominated Championship Shows in 2014.

(12) BERMUDA - All Group Winners, Best Puppy in Show plus Best Veteran in Show from the annual All Breed International Championship Shows 2014 (Hamilton).

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 2015 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.  An exception is made only in the case of prize winners in Special Puppy, Special Junior at Crufts 2014. Wins in sweepstake classes do not qualify, nor do wins in any classes other than those stated above.
  3. In any class scheduled at Crufts 2015 for which an age limit appears in the definition the age is calculated to the 5thMarch 2015.
  4. No entries will be accepted 'Not for Competition'.
  5. Dogs qualifying after the 5th January 2015 can only be enteredonline
  6. For a full list of overseas qualifying shows please go to www.crufts.org.uk

COMPETING IN THE UK

COMPETING WITH DOCKED OR CROPPED DOGS IN THE UK

  • Docked Dogs

Dogs which were docked before 6th April 2007

If your dog was docked either in the UK or in a foreign country before 6th April 2007 then it may compete at Crufts.

Dogs which were docked on or after 6th April 2007

If your dog was docked on or after 6th April 2007 it is not, under the law, permitted to be shown at Crufts (where the public are admitted on payment of a fee).

  • Cropping

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


UK PET TRAVEL SCHEME - Bringing dogs into the UK

From 1st January 2012, the entry rules for bringing your dog into the UK changed. Crufts exhibitors must ensure that their dogs fully comply. 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 www.defra.gov.uk/pets

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