bills itself as the world's greatest dog show, and they may well
It is by far
the largest - and arguably the most watched in Britain, joined
by enthusiastic "dog people" in 31 other countries
-- from which favorite dogs compete for the title of Crufts top
dog each year.
which annually takes place in March, was almost single-handedly
begun in 1891 by dog aficionado Charles Cruft. Upon his death,
Cruft's widow continued to produce the show until 1948, when the
first Crufts competition came under Kennel Club auspices. Thereafter,
the show grew in stature year by year as it moved to London, and
then to its present home in Birmingham.
2018 marks 127 years of Crufts - "the best dog show on earth!"
Miami Ink, the Cocker Spaniel,
won 2017 Crufts Best in Show.
Crufts Dog Show 2018
In 2018, Crufts will be held from Thursday, March 8 to Sunday, March 11 at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre, featuring 180 different breeds competing in categories such as Best of Breed, Best of Group (Toys, Gundogs, Utility, Hounds, Working, Pastoral, and Terriers).
Then it's on to the ultimate Best in Show competition on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
Tickets for the annual show - always a sell out - usually go on sale in October of the preceding year with show opening times scheduled from 8:15AM to 6:30PM daily.
Getting to the NEC show (situated 8 miles outside of Birmingham) by car begins with any of the major road networks in either direction via the M1, M5, M6, M6 Toll, M40 and M42 motorways.
For the rest of us couch potatoes, TV coverage in the UK traditionally belongs to digital channel More4 featuring extended coverage of two hours each night from 7-9pm throughout the event, with Channel 4 broadcasting the Best in Show finale on Sunday. Those outside the UK can still catch all the cute canine action via video clips and live streaming of several events broadcast online on the Crufts YouTube channel.
On the Web,
check out pictures and video clips along with additional history,
trivia, and hoopla surrounding the annual Crufts Dog Show...
Crufts 2018 - The official site featuring the complete schedule,
information on ordering tickets by phone, a list of awards up for contention, plus
a great selection of pictures, video clips, radio interviews,
podcasts and updates.
Crufts 2018 - The NEC, Birmingham - Check out the official venue offering online ticket purchase and the dates and times in a complete schedule plus contact information and related resources.
- A good overview from Wikipedia with a brief bio of founder Charles
Cruft, related dog show history, competition highlights, links,
resources and more about Scruffts,
the Kennel Club competition for household mutts...