Ramps Approved For The Judging Of Three Breeds At Crufts 2015

Ramps will be available for judging Basset Hounds, Bulldogs and Chow Chows at Crufts 2015.

The Crufts Committee has agreed to the use of ramps for the judging of these breeds following their trial use for Bulldogs at the show last year.

Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: "We have extended the use of ramps to two additional breeds, Basset Hounds and Chow Chows, to allow for a clearer examination of the dogs' eyes and skin which will assist judges in their assessment of the dogs.

"Each of these breeds is classified as a Category Three breed on the Kennel Club's Breed Watch programme, so there is a particular emphasis on judges to look for any visible signs of exaggerations that may be causing the dogs pain or discomfort, so the use of ramps has been approved by the Crufts Committee to assist the judges and to protect the health and welfare of the dogs.

"It is optional for the exhibitor to use the ramp in the ring and an exhibitor will not be penalised for not using the ramp."

A further change for Crufts 2015 has also been agreed, which will see prize money for Best in Show, Reserve Best in Show, Best in Group, Reserve Best in Group, Best of Breed and Best of Opposite Sex automatically sent to winners within 30 days of the show, rather than being available for collection at the show as in previous years.

Competitors are reminded that the Crufts 2015 schedule is now available online via www.crufts.org.uk or www.fossedata.co.uk and exhibitors are able to enter directly from it.

Those who wish to receive a printed copy of the schedule can send an A5 self-addressed envelope to the value of £1.24 (first class) and £1.17 (second class) to the Crufts Office, The Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, London, W1J 8AB.

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