Almost 21,500 dogs will be heading to the NEC in Birmingham from
5th-8th March, to compete in some of the world's most prestigious
canine competitions at Crufts 2015.
Kennel Club entry figures show that 21,474 dogs will be taking
part in breed judging, Gamekeepers' classes and the Obedience and
Agility Championships, which matches 2014's figures within one
As ever, the event has a truly international flavour with 2995
dogs competing from overseas, compared to 2655 in 2014, an increase
of 13 percent. Dogs from a total of 45 overseas countries will take
part in the show, including Brazil, Canada and the Republic
The number of breeds being shown at Crufts continues to grow,
adding to the diversity of the event. The Griffon Fauve de Bretagne
and Portuguese Pointer will compete in the Any Variety Import
Register classes for the first time this year, helping these
classes attract 149 dogs, an increase of 9 percent on 2014.
The Beauceron has its own breed classes for the first time, with
20 dogs of the breed having their first chance to go on to win Best
in Show, and the Hungarian Kuvasz will be represented at Crufts for
the first time in five years.
Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: "We are delighted that the
entries to Crufts remain strong and steady. We feel honoured to
welcome dogs from such a wide variety of breeds and to welcome dogs
representing all corners of the globe. The fact that people travel
far and wide to enter this prestigious event is testament to the
place it continues to hold in people's hearts and we intend to keep
going from strength to strength.
"We look forward to welcoming all the dogs and their owners, who
make Crufts such a wonderful event, whether it is those who have
been loyally retuning for many years or those who are experiencing
the show for the first time."
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "We are very proud
to welcome to Crufts those dogs and people who are at the top of
their game in their own dog related activity, whether showing,
agility, flyball, obedience, the gamekeepers competition or
heelwork to music. Crufts is an event for everybody and there is so
much entertainment and information for all dog lovers, helping to
inspire new generations of people to take part in activities with