Ramps will be available for judging Basset Hounds, Bulldogs and
Chow Chows at Crufts 2015.
The Crufts Committee has agreed to the use of ramps for the
judging of these breeds following their trial use for Bulldogs at
the show last year.
Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: "We have extended the use of
ramps to two additional breeds, Basset Hounds and Chow Chows, to
allow for a clearer examination of the dogs' eyes and skin which
will assist judges in their assessment of the dogs.
"Each of these breeds is classified as a Category Three breed on
the Kennel Club's Breed Watch programme, so there is a particular
emphasis on judges to look for any visible signs of exaggerations
that may be causing the dogs pain or discomfort, so the use of
ramps has been approved by the Crufts Committee to assist the
judges and to protect the health and welfare of the dogs.
"It is optional for the exhibitor to use the ramp in the ring and
an exhibitor will not be penalised for not using the ramp."
A further change for Crufts 2015 has also been agreed, which will
see prize money for Best in Show, Reserve Best in Show, Best in
Group, Reserve Best in Group, Best of Breed and Best of Opposite
Sex automatically sent to winners within 30 days of the show,
rather than being available for collection at the show as in
Competitors are reminded that the Crufts 2015 schedule is now
available online via www.crufts.org.uk or www.fossedata.co.uk and
exhibitors are able to enter directly from it.
Those who wish to receive a printed copy of the schedule can send
an A5 self-addressed envelope to the value of £1.24 (first class)
and £1.17 (second class) to the Crufts Office, The Kennel Club, 1-5
Clarges Street, London, W1J 8AB.