Vulnerable Breeds finalists at Crufts 2022 announced

The names of the dogs which will compete in the final of The Kennel Club Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition at Crufts 2022 have been announced.

The competition is the only one of its kind in the UK, raising awareness of Britain and Ireland’s rare native dog breeds and recognising those breeders and owners dedicated to ensuring their continued survival. In 2021, 32 breeds fell into this category, having generated 300 or fewer puppy registrations in the UK in the previous year.

The final will be judged by David Guy, breeder of the well-known Donzeata Griffons Bruxellois. The finalists will parade at 3.45pm in the main arena on Friday 11 March at the NEC in Birmingham. Pre-judging will be conducted in hall 1, ring 4 at 1pm.

In order to qualify for the final, a dog must have won Best of Breed at the group or general championship show designated by The Kennel Club as the breed’s qualifying show. In a small number of instances, the Best of Breed winner’s owner has advised that they are unable to compete in the final; in which case, the Best Opposite Sex in Breed winner has been invited to compete in their place.

  • Bearded Collie, Ch Potterdale Piper, owners Mr W & Mrs J Salmon
  • Bloodhound, Ch Maplemead Malazar of Quikotic, Miss L Priestley
  • Bull Terrier (Miniature), Ch Bullyon Measure Of Minnie, Mr M & Mrs J Phillips
  • Collie (Smooth), Ch Breckamore By Design, Ms A French
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Ch Wilmit Mildred Potter for Diddimont, Miss M Allenby
  • Deerhound, Ch Greyflax Pearls A Singer, Mr G & Mrs N Bailey
  • English Setter, Mariglen Serendipity at Kanietter JW, Mrs M Sharples
  • English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan), Ch Witchstone Black Hawk at Amalric JW, Mrs W Imrie
  • Glen of Imaal Terrier, Ch Romainville Becks Blue for Zippor, Miss J & Mrs W Tobijanski
  • Gordon Setter, Sh Ch Flaxheath Top Model at Glenmaurangi , Mrs A Phillips & Ms T Watkins
  • Irish Red & White Setter, Corranroo Clooney of Annagh, Mrs B Stevens
  • Irish Wolfhound, Whitglen Leader, Mrs C Anderson & Mrs A White
  • King Charles Spaniel, Ch Diggle Dandelion JW, Mr J Goodwin
  • Lancashire Heeler, Ch Ribblespride Crakemoor, Mr R Hayes & Mrs E Thwaite
  • Manchester Terrier, Ch Digelsa Double Agent, Mr M, Mrs G & Miss S Oxley
  • Mastiff , Askuwheteau Ciqala, Mr J & Mrs C Crump
  • Norwich Terrier, Ch Ragus Clouded Silver Moth, Mrs L Crawley
  • Old English Sheepdog, Ch Quemerford Take Two, Mr R & Mrs A Jones
  • Otterhound, Ch Kingstree Warrior at Keepcott, Mrs R Ganna
  • Retriever (Curly Coated), Sh Ch Brightmeadow Never Say Die JW ShCM, Mr J & Mrs M Stephens
  • Sealyham Terrier, Ch Zippor Sleepy Sapphireson at Letara, Mrs C Bell
  • Skye Terrier, Ch Partisky Precious Moment, Mr S Whincup
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Ch Fantasa Blonde Rufus, Ms S Withington
  • Spaniel (Clumber), Sh Ch Wymeswold Butterscott at Kirkara, Mr W, Mrs K & Miss S Kirkman
  • Spaniel (Irish Water), Ir Sh Ch Foulby Niamh at Leonardston, Mr D & Mrs A Smith
  • Spaniel (Welsh Springer), Sh Ch Bushwacker Something About Mary, Ms J Frost
  • Welsh Corgi (Cardigan), Ch Liebehund Jakku JW, Mrs J & Mr M Lovell

Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager, said: “The Kennel Club Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition final is always a popular feature at Crufts. We are delighted to be able to showcase these special breeds in this way, and would urge visitors who may be interested in acquiring one of these breeds to also spend time in the Discover Dogs area of Crufts in hall 3 where the dogs can be met at close quarters. Meeting the breeders in this way is always a great way to find out if a breed is suitable for a particular family’s lifestyle.”

For more information on the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds, please visit The Kennel Club website.