Crufts 2023 - Entries closing soon

Exhibitors are reminded that postal entries for Crufts close on Monday 9 January (postmarked) and online entries on Monday 23 January (up until midnight) for dogs which have qualified for the show.

The breeds in the Gundog group will be shown on Thursday 9 March; Working and Pastoral on Friday 10; Terriers and Hounds on Saturday 11; and Utility and Toys on Sunday 12.

Best in Show will be judged on Sunday evening by Stuart Mallard, highly successful exhibitor of Old English Sheepdogs, Bouviers des Flandres and Tibetan Terriers, as well as an acclaimed animal portrait artist with a special interest in painting pedigree dogs.

Bavarian Mountain Hounds will have their own classes for the first time at the show, and another special feature this year will be the hosting on Thursday of a one-off event, The Kennel Club 150th Anniversary Celebration Stakes, to which the Best in Show winners from the ten all-breed championship shows of 2022 will be invited to compete, in honour of this year’s very special milestone celebration for The Kennel Club.

The Obedience Championships for bitches are on Saturday, with dogs on Sunday. The Agility Championships will be held on Thursday (Intermediate and Large) and Sunday (Small and Medium).

The final of The Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition is on Thursday, while the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition final is on Friday. The Kennel Club Junior Warrant Competition final will make a welcome return for the first time since 2020 and will take place on Thursday.

The entry fee for breed classes is £35 per dog, with subsequent entries free. Full details of fees for the Gamekeepers’ classes and Young Kennel Club classes are given in the schedule along with admission prices.

Birmingham Airport has advised that it is not a legal point of entry into the UK for those travelling with dogs. Therefore, exhibitors from overseas must ensure they come into the UK via an approved route. Find out more on the Government website.

The attention of exhibitors is drawn to the importance of understanding that overseas awards which count towards an overseas champion title (CAC, CACIB, Green Star etc) are the equivalent of a CC in the UK. Likewise, Reserve CACs etc are the equivalent of a Reserve CC. These awards should be taken into account when looking at eligibility and entering the show.

As in previous years, special permission has been given to Crufts for the award of Reserve Best in Show to be given out immediately prior to the award of Best in Show.

Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager, said: “Crufts is an absolute must on the canine calendar and looks set to be better than ever, especially given that 2023 marks the 150th anniversary of The Kennel Club. This year will once again be a true celebration of dogs with more than 200 pedigree breeds on show. We are, as usual, looking forward to welcoming our loyal exhibitors to the show.”

Enter online and/or view the Crufts schedule.