17 Things You Need to Know About Crufts

Crufts is hailed as "the world’s largest dog show,” and is a major event on the English dog show calendar. Here are 17 things you need to know about Crufts history and the 2014 show.

By DIR Editors | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 8 a.m. PST

Crufts is hailed as "the world’s largest dog show,” and is a major event on the English dog show calendar. Here are 17 things you need to know about Crufts history and the 2014 show, which will take place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, England, on March 6-9, 2014.

Charles Cruft
Charles Cruft

1. Crufts is so-called because of the show’s founder, Charles Cruft (1852-1938).

2. Charles Cruft designed the original logo himself, which depicts a Saint Bernard inside of a collar with a crown on top.

3. The first Crufts show took place in 1891 with 2,437 entries in 36 different breeds. It was held at the Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington (near London).

4. The first Best in Show at Crufts was awarded in 1928 to a Greyhound named Primley Sceptre.

5. Crufts has been canceled due to an electricians strike and two World Wars, and the 1952 show was almost canceled when King George VI died several days before the show on February 6.

6. Crufts used to be spelled with an apostrophe (Cruft’s). The apostrophe was dropped in 1974.

7. In 1987 the show got so big that it was extended to four days (how long it is today).

8. For the 100th Crufts show in 1991, a new venue was chosen: the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre, where the show is held this year.

9. At the 2014 Crufts show, more than 21,000 dogs will be participating in Breed judging.

Original Crufts Logo
The original Crufts logo.

10. At Crufts 2014, there will be 2,655 dogs from 45 countries. Dogs from Argentina, China, Taiwan and Serbia are taking part in Crufts for the first time this year.

11. Crufts fans who cannot attend the show can watch live streaming on the Crufts YouTube channel.

12. Discover Dogs, which is similar to the AKC’s Meet the Breeds events, teaches Crufts visitors more about the breeds that would best fit their lifestyle.

13. Dogs in the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, held for the second time in 2014, are judged based on character, health and temperament with people and other dogs.

14. This year three breeds will compete at Crufts in classes of their own for the first time in 2014.

15. Crufts was first televised in 1950 by the BBC. This year it will be broadcast on Channel 4 and hosted by Clare Balding.

16. While the show is more than a century old, Best in Show has been awarded for the past 86 years. Of the 86 winners, 43 different breeds have been Best in Show at Crufts.

17. The Cocker Spaniel has won the most Best in Shows (7), followed by the Irish Setter (4) and Welsh Terrier (4).

 

Crufts Logo

Learn more about Crufts 2014>>

Crufts awards Best of Breed and Group winners, and one Best in Show winner. See 2013 Crufts results>>

The UK's Kennel Club recognizes a total of 213 dog breeds. See the KC dog breed list>>


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