Top Vulnerable Breeds to compete at Crufts 2024

Vulnerable Breed 2023 winner - credit Yulia Titovets and The Kennel Club | Crufts
Vulnerable Breed 2023 winner. Credit Yulia Titovets and The Kennel Club

The names of the dogs which will compete in the final of The Kennel Club Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Final at Crufts 2024 have been announced.

The competition is the only one of its kind in the UK, raising awareness of Britain and Ireland’s vulnerable native dog breeds and recognising those breeders and owners dedicated to ensuring their continued survival. In 2023, 34 breeds fall into this category, having generated 300 or fewer puppy registrations in the UK in the previous year.

The final will be judged by Mr Gavin Robertson, breeder of the well-known Soletrader Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens, and who awards CCs in 60 breeds across six groups. The finalists will parade at 6pm in the main arena on Thursday 7 March at the NEC in Birmingham. Pre-judging will take place in hall 1, ring 8 at 2pm. 

In order to qualify for the final, a dog must have won Best of Breed at the group 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 to ensure that all breeds are represented and supported. 

The following competitors qualifying for the final are listed below; 

  • English Toy Terrier (Black and Tan), Ch Witchstone Crazy Horse At Boimans, owned by Mrs J & Mr T Harman
  • King Charles Spaniel, Ch Baldragon Shoots He Scores, owned by Mrs C Bowles-Robinson
  • English Setter, Sh Ch Severnsett Firecracker, owned by Mr N A & Mrs P M Darley
  • Gordon Setter, Sh Ch Glenmaurangi Storm Trooper JW, owned by Mrs A, Ms T & Mr N Phillips, Watkins & Sykes
  • Irish Red And White Setter, Sh Ch Charnborough Charisma Of Danwish JW, owned by Miss T Gardner
  • Retriever (Curly Coated), Sh Ch Tessmene The Cats Whiskers, owned by Mrs F & Miss C Carrick
  • Spaniel (Clumber),Sh Ch Vanitonia Soloist, owned by Mr L A S Cox
  • Spaniel (Field), Nadavin Yirki At Tumblebar, owned by Mrs E Barker
  • Spaniel (Irish Water), Sh Ch Curlyco My Hot Rockstar (Imp Fin), owned by Mr J Hackett & Mrs A Williams
  • Spaniel (Sussex), Harasteorra Aphrodite, owned by Mr L J Bradbury & Miss D S Preston
  • Spaniel (Welsh Springer), Sh Ch Nyliram Telling Tales JW, owned by Mr T Graham
  • Mastiff, Hallberd Finbar, owned by Mrs S Burgoine
  • Bearded Collie, Ch Potterdale Precious Rose, owned by Mr M & Mrs J Lewis & Mrs D Moreland
  • Collie (Smooth), Ch Blamorder Ice Cream Dream, owned by Miss A Lusty
  • Lancashire Heeler, Ch Parabar Mohican's Medlar, owned by Miss J Grant-Parkes
  • Welsh Corgi (Cardigan), Ch Elessar Howling Moon, owned by Miss J Down
  • Bull Terrier (Miniature), Byzantine Blaise, owned by Mr K Stevens
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Ch Cloverwood The One And Only, owned by Mrs J Tinsley
  • Fox Terrier (Smooth), Ch Kanix Quickstep, owned by Mrs K S Wilberg
  • Glen Of Imaal Terrier, Eng & Bel Dutch Int Ch Esp Ch Boudivella Osca, owned by Miss A Hannington
  • Kerry Blue Terrier, Ch Clanciarrai Aria, owned by Mr P & Mrs E B Martin
  • Lakeland Terrier, Ch Northcote's Isn't That The Way, owned by Mr T Alloway, Mr K Wendling & Mr F W Schoeneberg 
  • Manchester Terrier, Ch Talanors Typically Special, owned by Mrs G & Mr C Knight
  • Norwich Terrier, Ragus Sweet Bay At Elantiz, owned by Miss J N Armstrong & Miss P Lawrance
  • Sealyham Terrier, Ch Zippor Sleepy Sapphireson At Letara, owned by Mrs C Bell
  • Skye Terrier, Kilfinan Nightingail, Mr A Burscough
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Ch Silkcroft Sky Full Of Stars ShCM, owned by Mr C and Mrs C Satherley
  • Bloodhound, Ch Farlap Qui Martha (A.I), owned by Miss S Clark & Mrs L Hayden
  • Deerhound, Ch Ormanstar Dark Shadow, owned by Mrs S J Taylor
  • Foxhound, Dazzleby Chorister, owned by Mrs R C S Griffiths
  • Greyhound, Ch Ina's Fashion Dedicated To Boughton (Imp Deu), owned by Ms R Howlett, Ms C Boggia & Ms I Koulermou
  • Harrier, Henissy Fancy, Miss C J Farrar
  • Irish Wolfhound, Brida Della Bassa Pavese, owned by Dr F Agnoli
  • Otterhound, Ch Teckelgarth Ebony, owned by Miss M Lerego

Tom Mather, Crufts Chairman, said: “The Kennel Club Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition final always gains a lot of interest at Crufts. We hope that visitors will support the finalists either in pre-judging at 2pm (hall 1, ring 8) on Thursday or in the Resorts World Arena at 6pm as many of these lesser known breeds could be the perfect fit for certain owner’s lifestyles.

“I’d also 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 family’s own lifestyle.” 

For more information on the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds, please visit our website.

The following breeds are eligible to compete: Bearded Collie, Bloodhound, Bull Terrier (Miniature), Collie (Smooth), Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Deerhound, English Setter, English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan), Foxhound, Fox Terrier (Smooth), Glen of Imaal Terrier, Gordon Setter, Greyhound, Harrier, Irish Red & White Setter, Irish Wolfhound, Kerry Blue Terrier, King Charles Spaniel, Lakeland Terrier, Lancashire Heeler, Manchester Terrier, Mastiff, Norwich Terrier, Otterhound, Retriever (Curly Coated), Sealyham Terrier, Skye Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Spaniel (Clumber), Spaniel (Field), Spaniel (Irish Water), Spaniel (Sussex), Spaniel (Welsh Springer), Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)