The Crufts 2014 Dog Show Begins March 6
On March 6-9, 2014, more than 21,000 dogs will compete for Best in Show at Crufts, one of the largest dog shows in the world.
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Posted: Mar 5, 2014 4 p.m. PST
The Crufts 2014 dog show, one of the largest dog shows in the world, will take place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, England, on March 6-9, 2014. More than 21,000 dogs will be participating in Breed judging, including a record number of foreign dogs: 2,655 dogs from 45 countries. Dogs from Argentina, China, Taiwan and Serbia are taking part in Crufts for the first time this year.
This year three breeds will compete at Crufts in classes of their own for the first time in 2014. They are the Catalan Sheepdog, Eurasier and Turksih Kangal Dog.
In addition to the more than 21,000 dogs competing in conformation at Crufts, more dogs will participate in agility, heelwork to music, flyball and other competitions. Discover Dogs, which is similar to the AKC’s Meet the Breeds events, will teach visitors to the show more about the breeds that would best fit their lifestyle. The informal Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition will take place with six mixed breed finalists on Friday, March 7 (titles in these competitions include "Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog,” "Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch,” "Child’s Best Friend” and "Golden Oldie”). Judging is based on character, health and temperament with people and other dogs.
American audiences not traveling to England can watch live streaming on the Crufts YouTube channel. The show will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. GMT daily. The Working and Pastoral Groups will be judged Thursday, March 6; Terrier and Hound Groups will be judged Friday, March 7; Toy and Utility Groups will be judged Saturday, March 8; and the Gundog Group, and Best in Show judging will take place Sunday, March 9. Fans of the show can also follow the Kennel Club on Twitter and Crufts on Facebook.
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>>
Crufts is presented by the UK's Kennel Club. Learn more about the KC>>
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