The Crufts Committee has announced that the Breeders' Competition will be reintroduced at Crufts 2017 as a stand-alone event on Saturday 11th March. Called the Crufts Breeders' Competition, a maximum of 60 teams will compete and entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
The regulations for this special competition are as follows:
- Each team must comprise three or four exhibits of the same breed.
- Each dog must have its own handler.
- Dogs do not need to be entered in a breed class at the show.
- All dogs must have the same registered breeder or breeder partnership. No combination of different breeders is permitted.
- Judges at the show are ineligible to enter.
- Breeders may enter more than one team.
- Any Variety Imported Register Breeds may not compete in this competition.
- Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Therefore, KC Regulation F(1)9(d) does not apply.
The entry fee for each group will be £10, payable online via a link to the Crufts office which will be published in due course. Exhibitors are also advised that 'pre judging' will be in operation on the Saturday from 2pm onwards. Further details will be released in due course.
Gerald King, Chairman of Crufts, said: "Crufts is proud to see the reintroduction of this event at the world's greatest dog show as it was always a spectacular sight in the Arena. By changing this competition to a stand-alone event, thus dispensing with the need for qualifying heats, it is hoped we will see some overseas competitors joining in the spectacle alongside British breeders on the day."