Vulnerable British & Irish Breeds Competition returns

Following the popularity of the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition at Crufts, the Kennel Club has announced that it will take place again this year, culminating in a grand final at Crufts 2019.

To raise awareness of vulnerable British and Irish breeds, and to recognise those people who are dedicated to their survival and prosperity, the Kennel Club created the competition in 2015. The competition has already proved very popular and at this year’s Crufts, Louise Pinkney took the title with her Irish Wolfhound, Ch Hydebeck Imperial Ruler JW, known at home as Gordon.

Following the same format as last year, only the Best of Breed winners at designated group championship shows will qualify for the final.

The competition is open to all vulnerable British and Irish breeds competing at the following group championship shows:

Toy – United Kingdom Toy Dog Society

Terrier – National Terrier Club

Working – National Working & Pastoral Breeds Society

Pastoral – National Working & Pastoral Breeds Society

Hound – Hound Association

Gundog – National Gundog Association

Dogs of breeds which are on the Kennel Club’s vulnerable British and Irish breeds list (below) who win Best of Breed at the above shows will qualify for the competition and will be invited to compete in the grand final at Crufts 2019. Qualification is retrospective in some cases where the show has already taken place.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition is a very important event at Crufts. It is a fantastic way to highlight the plight of these breeds and promote them as the wonderful dogs they are. Louise and Gordon certainly did these breeds proud on the famous green carpet this year.

“It is important that the show societies work with breed clubs of vulnerable British and Irish breeds so that these clubs can inspire their membership to enter the classes and take part in the competition. Crufts is a great showcase for pedigree dogs and the perfect chance to show the world just how special the vulnerable British and Irish breeds really are.”

Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds 2018:

Bloodhound, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Clumber Spaniels, Curly Coated Retrievers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Deerhounds, English Setters, English Toy Terriers (Black and Tan), Field Spaniels, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Gordon Setters, Irish Red & White Setters, Irish Terriers, Irish Water Spaniels, Kerry Blue Terriers, King Charles Spaniels, Lakeland Terriers, Lancashire Heelers, Manchester Terriers, Mastiffs, Miniature Bull Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Otterhounds, Sealyham Terriers, Skye Terriers, Smooth Collies, Smooth Fox Terriers, Sussex Spaniels.

To find out more about the competition, please go to www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/dog-showing/vulnerable-breeds-competition. All Crufts finalists will be notified by the Kennel Club.

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