Vulnerable Breeds Competition

1st January 2017 saw the return of the Kennel Club 'Vulnerable British & Irish Breeds Competition'. Back for another year the competition sponsored by Eukanuba is the only one of its kind established by the Kennel Club.

The competition is continuing to help raise awareness of our rare native breeds and recognise those dedicated to ensuring their continued survival.

Following feedback from competitors it has been decided, in order to raise the standard of the competition and for the welfare of the dogs, that qualifiers for the final at Crufts will be the Best of Breed winners at the Group Championship Shows.

The competition which runs from 1st January 2017 with a Crufts grand final in 2018 is open to all vulnerable breeds competing at the following Group Championship Shows;

Hound:The Hound Association

Gundog: National Gundog Association

Terrier: National Terrier Club

Working: National Working and Pastoral Breeds Society

Pastoral: National Working and Pastoral Breeds Society

Toy: United Kingdom Toy Dog Society

Dogs that are on the Kennel Club’s vulnerable breeds list who win best of breed at the above shows will qualify or have qualified for the competition and will be invited to compete in the grand final at Crufts 2018. Qualification may be retrospective as some shows have already taken place. 

Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds 2017:

Bearded Collie, Bloodhound, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Clumber Spaniels, Curly Coated Retrievers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Deerhounds, English Setters, English Toy Terriers (Black and Tan), Field Spaniels, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Gordon Setters, Irish Red & White Setters, Irish Terriers, Irish Water Spaniels, Irish Wolfhounds, Kerry Blue Terriers, King Charles Spaniels, Lakeland Terriers, Lancashire Heelers,  Manchester Terriers, Mastiffs, Miniature Bull Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Otterhounds, Sealyham Terriers, Skye Terriers, Smooth Collies, Smooth Fox Terriers, Sussex Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels.

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