Crufts, the world’s most famous dog show, is to host the tenth anniversary Eukanuba World Challenge in 2017, the Kennel Club has announced.
The event invites a top winner from each country to compete in a ‘League of Nations’ style competition. The UK won the World Challenge in 2013 when the Standard Poodle, Ch/Am Ch Afterglow Maverick Sabre, was victorious – a victory he replicated at Crufts the following year by winning Best in Show.
The World Challenge started life in 2007 in Long Beach, California under the support of the American Kennel Club. After four years it moved to Orlando, Florida where this unique event continued to showcase the world of pedigree dogs for another three years.
In 2014, the World Challenge moved across the Atlantic to the Winner Show in Amsterdam in the Netherlands where it was held for two years with the support of the FCI.
Gerald King, Chairman of Crufts, said: “Crufts and the Kennel Club are pleased to host the 10th anniversary Eukanuba World Challenge in 2017. This will be a fantastic opportunity to have the entire dog world in one place celebrating the most successful and well known dog show in the world – Crufts – and at the same time hosting the distinctive Eukanuba World Challenge. This will throw the spotlight on the magnificence of pedigree dogs in one place and enhance the partnership the Kennel Club has with Eukanuba supported by the FCI.”