Kennel Club Breeders' Competition finalists to take centre stage

The final of The Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition will take place at Crufts on Thursday 9 March 2023 at the NEC Birmingham and will be judged by Mr Sigurd Wilberg, who has achieved great success over many years in a number of breeds including Boxers, Bouviers des Flandres, Schnauzers (all three sizes), Miniature Wire Haired Dachshunds, Pointers and Smooth Fox Terriers bred under the Kanix kennel name.

The competition, sponsored by Agria Pet Insurance, involves teams accruing points at group and general championship shows. Points have been recorded by Our Dogs, who published a leader board within their newspaper throughout 2022. Each team comprises three or four dogs of one breed, all bred by the same breeder or breeding partnership.

The 40 qualifying teams confirmed as competing at Crufts 2023 will be:


Hungarian Vizsla, Mr P Watson (Oakswarren)
Hungarian Vizsla, Mr S & Mrs K Challis (Vizlanya)
Pointer, Ms C O'Neill (Tenshilling)
Retriever (Flat Coated), Mrs J Campbell (Ronevorg)
Retriever (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling), Mrs T & Miss S Westwood (Eusanit)
Retriever (Novia Scotia Duck Tolling), Mr P & Mrs J Fielder (Cretshengan)
Spaniel (Welsh Springer), Ms A Chandler (Chanangel)


Bernese Mountain Dog, Mr, Mrs & Miss Green (Waldershelf)
Canadian Eskimo Dog, Ms R Bailey (Akna)
Canadian Eskimo Dog, Ms S Atkins (Qimugta)
Newfoundland, Mrs C & Mr D Baldock (Gunnersnewfs)
Siberian Husky, Mrs R Simms (Arcticskies)


Briard, Mrs C Foster (Fostebrie)
Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Miss L Holmes (Lisjovia)
Welsh Corgi (Cardigan), Mesdames Lovell & Stevens (Coriend)
Welsh Corgi (Cardigan), Miss J Down (Elessar)


Bedlington Terrier, Ms S & Mr M Baldwin (Woolytop)
Manchester Terrier, Mr C & Mrs G Knight (Talanors)
Norfolk Terrier, Mrs R Gee (Watercroft)
Parson Russell Terrier, Mrs J Newport (Digaden)
Scottish Terrier, Ms V Norton (Divadell)
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Mrs L Lui (Eblanahalls)


Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit), Mr & Mrs R Foote & Miss E McAuley (Erylan)
Dachshund (Miniature Smooth Haired), Mrs J & Miss R Cumberland (Mumysami)
Harrier, Miss C Farrah (Henissy)
Ibizan Hound, Miss V Woodcock (Abbotsoak)
Irish Wolfhound, Miss W Heather (Whiteorchard)
Pharaoh Hound, Mr S Hansen (Bazinga)
Rhodesian Ridgeback, Mr K Alexander (Kansenji)
Whippet, Mrs K Williams (Tigsisle)


Eurasier, Ms S Watkins (Albionspitz)
German Spitz (Mittel), Ms K Andrew (Claran)
Poodle (Miniature), Mrs K Watson Todd (Karocolin)
Tibetan Spaniel, Ms A McDonald (Balgay)
Tibetan Spaniel, Mrs P Smith (Torfness)
Tibetan Terrier, Miss L Thomas (Kelmorespitz)


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Mr A & Mrs C Rhodes (Calonlan)
Coton De Tulear, Mrs J & Mr S Scott (Cukoton)
Pomeranian, Mrs A Cawthera-Purdy (Lireva)
Pug, Mrs K Storey (Rhodanash)

The Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition will be pre-judged in Hall 1, rings 1 and 2 at 2pm and parade in the main arena at 6pm on Thursday 9 March 2023. It will be just one of the many and varied activities taking place at Crufts from 9 - 12 March 2023.

Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager, said: “The Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition is always a sight to behold with all the breeders’ teams competing in the main arena. We are sure this year will be no exception. We can think of no better place to showcase pedigree dogs and the work done by breeders to promote their breeds and stockmanship.”

Sarah White, Breeder Channel Manager at Agria Pet Insurance, added: “It was wonderful to see all the different teams competing at qualifying championship shows throughout the year. We send our thanks to all the breeders who took part. Now the final is upon us and it promises to be very exciting. The very best of luck to everyone competing.”

Find out more about The Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition.