Following the announcement that Crufts 2021 will take place next year on the new dates of 15 – 18 July 2021 at the NEC Birmingham, The Kennel Club has now published some further details on some of the competitions and qualifications for next year’s show.
The Kennel Club will be reviewing many aspects of the show in line with government advice and the evolving health situation, however, some decisions have needed to be made in advance to ensure it would be able to go ahead in a Covid secure way. The qualification is open to those who qualified for Crufts 2020 apart from the 3rd placing in class. It should be also noted no puppy classes will be scheduled at the 2021 show due to lack of opportunity to qualify.
Further to a review of the floor space and the number of exhibitors and attendees, the decision has had to be made that entries will be capped for all breeds. Entries are due to open at the end of March and will be online only. Entries will close on 31 May 2021 or when numbers have been reached.
It is with great disappointment that The Kennel Club must also announce that, due to the lack of opportunity to qualify, the following competitions will not be taking place at Crufts 2021: Breeders’ competition, International Junior Handling competition, Junior Warrant competition, Vulnerable Breeds competition and Pets as Therapy Stakes. Further information on other competitions and canine disciplines will be announced as soon as possible.
For further information on qualifications, and to keep up to date on how the Crufts 2021 show will look, please go to crufts.org.uk.
Please note that it is hoped that Crufts 2022 will take place on 10 – 13 March. Any shows that take place between 25 January and 31 May 2021 will qualify for Crufts 2022. Shows held after the closing date of entries for the 2021 show will also qualify for Crufts 2022, further details of which will be advised in due course.