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.
This year, Crufts was back -- following last year's cancellation due to COVID concerns -- with a full 2022 schedule from Thursday, March 10 to Sunday, March 13:
2022 Crufts Dog Show TV & streaming schedule
The ultimate prize - Best in Show - was awarded on Sunday, March 13, 2022 airing live at 8:30PM on Crufts' traditional TV home on Channel 4. Daily live coverage throughout the competition will air on More4, usually starting at 9AM and ending at around 8PM.
Thursday, March 10 - Working and Pastoral
Friday, March 11 - Terrier and Hound
Saturday, March 12 - Toy and Utility
Sunday, March 13 - Gundog and BEST IN SHOW
In addition to live TV coverage, viewers all over the world can also follow all the action via the Crufts YouTube channel live stream, along with daily photos and features on Crufts Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and Instagram accounts.
More about Crufts Dog Show 2022
Baxer, a flat-coated retriever,
winner of 2022 Crufts Best in Show.
2022 marked the 130th Crufts canine extravaganza- "the best dog show on earth!"
With more than 16.000 dogs being shown over the four-day schedule, the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre hosts the live show that features 180 different breeds competing in categories such as Best of Breed and Best of Group (Toys, Gundogs, Utility, Hounds, Working, Pastoral, and Terriers).
Tickets for the annual show - always a sell out - usually go on sale the preceding year with show opening times scheduled from 8:15AM to 6:30PM daily.
Advance tickets to the Crufts show traditionally cost £15 for adults and £11 for children and seniors on Thursday and Friday. Prices are slightly higher as the competition heats up on Saturday and Sunday. Without advance tickets, expect to pay higher prices at the door.
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 online on the Crufts YouTube channel.
DID YOU KNOW? Crufts Dog Show trivia & fun facts
Streaker? What streaker?
• In 2010, the judging of the Gundog Group was interrupted by a streaker. But an obedient Hungarian Vizla named Yogi, who was being shown at the time, didn't raise an eyebrow. He calmly waited for security to escort the streaker away. Yogi went on to win Best in Show that year.
• Wondering what dog breed will win Best in Show? Place your bets on the Cocker Spaniel which, historically, is the most likely breed to take the title (1930, 1931, 1938, 1939, 1948, 1996, and 2017).
• The royals have always been big fans of Crufts. Queen Victoria’s collie Darnley II and a pair of her Pomeranians were entered and won prizes at the show over the years. Most recently, Queen Elizabeth II became the first reigning monarch to vist the Crufts show in 1969.
• Charles Cruft was a dog biscuit salesman before he founded the dog show named for him in 1891.
On the Web,
check out pictures and video clips along with additional history,
trivia, and hoopla surrounding the annual Crufts Dog Show...
Crufts 2022 - 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 2022 - 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...