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    February 14th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    The Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition will take place at Crufts on Saturday 11th March 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham and be judged by Anne Macdonald, breeder of the Mabrooka Salukis.

    This event, sponsored by Eukanuba, was absent from Crufts 2016, but is making a welcome comeback at the show this year as a stand-alone competition where entries were limited to 60 teams and accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Each team will comprise three or four dogs of one breed, all bred by the same breeder or breeding partnership.

    The 56 teams confirmed as competing at Crufts 2017 will be:


    Afghan Hound, Misses C & E Millward & Mrs P Mottershaw.

    Basset Fauve de Bretagne, Mr R & Mrs H Allenby.

    Basset Fauve de Bretagne, Mrs E Thornton.

    Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit), Mr P & Mrs D Reid.

    Basset Hound, Mr M & Mrs D Ellrich.

    Basset Hound, Mrs T Turkia (Finland).

    Borzoi, Miss H Kanoo.

    Borzoi, Mrs C Häggström (Sweden).

    Cirneco dell’Etna, Ms J Moore & Mr D Tricomi (Italy).

    Pharaoh Hound, Mr G Reeve (fielding two teams).

    Rhodesian Ridgeback, Mrs C Korner (Germany).


    Bedlington Terrier, Mrs Y Bannister (fielding two teams).

    Border Terrier, Mrs C Dean.

    Cesky Terrier, Mrs S Atter.

    Irish Terrier, Miss A Bradley.

    Norfolk Terrier, Miss K Hurrion.

    Parson Russell Terrier, Mrs J & Mr M Baker.

    Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Mrs C & Mr C Satherley.

    Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Mrs J Charleton.


    Dalmatian, Mr K & Mrs DL Whincup.

    Japanese Shiba Inu, Mrs E Dunhill.

    Keeshond, Miss D Gregory.

    Lhasa Apso, Mrs M Anderson.

    Lhasa Apso, Mrs M Roach.

    Tibetan Spaniel, Mr G & Mrs T Quest.


    Affenpinscher, Miss J Gruninger.

    Chihuahua (Long Coat), Miss M Austin.

    Chihuahua (Long Coat), Mrs A Baranzeck.

    Japanese Chin, Mrs E Nishigaki.

    Maltese, Miss N Welbourn.

    Pomeranian, Mrs A Cawthera-Purdy.

    Pug, Mrs A & Miss LC Hill.


    Dobermann, Mrs C Smith.

    German Pinscher, Mrs K Wakefield.

    Newfoundland, Mr GJ & Mrs TA & Misses E & F Coldwell.

    Siberian Husky, Mrs D & Mrs R Simms.


    Australian Shepherd, Mr A & Mrs N Allan & Mr R Harlow.

    Belgian Shepherd Dog (Malinois), Mrs M Brett.

    Border Collie, Miss J Ratcliffe.

    Collie (Smooth), Miss A Lusty.

    Estrela Mountain Dog, Mrs F & Mr J Almeida (Portugal).

    Finnish Lapphund, Miss S Cooper.

    Finnish Lapphund, Mrs T Jackson.

    Finnish Lapphund, Mrs E & Mr S Short.

    German Shepherd Dog, Miss K Taylor.

    Samoyed, Mrs K & Miss C Prout.

    Swedish Vallhund, Ms L Paterson.


    English Setter, Mr M Bozier & Miss S Gwilliam.

    Gordon Setter, Mr P & Mrs C Sandiford.

    Lagotto Romagnolo, Mrs G Stenton.

    Retriever (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling), Mrs H Gibson.

    Retriever (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling), Miss D Anstead.

    Spaniel (Field), Mrs K Shepherd & Miss A Macbain.

    Weimaraner, Miss J MacLaine & Mr R Dickson.

    The Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition will be pre-judged in rings 1/2 at 2pm and parade in the Genting Arena at 6.35pm on Saturday 11 March 2017 and will be just one of the many and varied activities taking place at Crufts from 9 – 12 March 2017.

    Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “The Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition is always a sight to behold with all the breeders’ teams competing in the main arena. We are sure this year will be no exception and we will have the added attraction this year of welcoming some teams from overseas, which highlights the international appeal of Crufts. We can think of no better place to showcase pedigree dogs and the work done by breeders to promote their breeds and stockmanship.”

    To find out more about the Kennel Club Breeder’s Competition, please visit’-competition/.

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    February 11th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    The Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of the Year final will take place at Crufts on Thursday 9 March 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham and be judged by Tom Mather.

    The finalists qualified in heats held at London’s biggest dog event, Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London, with 61 top young dogs competing for just ten places in the final.

    The finalists competing at Crufts 2017 will be:

    • Dalmatian, Offordale Larissa, owned and bred by Mrs JE Alexander.
    • Australian Shepherd, Allmark Vanity Fayre, owned and bred by Mr N & Mrs AE Allan and Mr R Harlow.
    • Rottweiler, Jodipas Time, owned and bred by Mr J and Mrs D Allen.
    • Siberian Husky, Ninlil of Poliarine Arktika Over Zanjelic, owned by Mrs ET Ashcroft. Bred by Mrs E Sutiene.
    • Irish Red & White Setter, Killary’s Grand Venture with Vanders and Romaunt, owned by Mrs J Barney and Mrs J Howatson. Bred by Mesdames Peterson & Zawikowski and Mr and Mrs Harrison.
    • Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Charibere Simply Magic at Chezanna, owned by Mrs C Kenyon, Miss L Bermingham and Mr A Ward. Bred by Mrs L Marston.
    • Bullmastiff, Hyerdunscar The Big Tease, owned and bred by Mrs J Lindley.
    • Whippet, Nevedith Zufor Zeffa, owned and bred by Miss E Newton.
    • Siberian Husky, One in a Million Legend of the Spirit, owned by Mrs RJ and Mr DA Simms. Bred by Mrs I Krieger.
    • Poodle (Standard), Kossab Kijaka With Anorien, owned by Miss K Young. Bred by Mrs G Brekkarud.

    The Junior Warrant is an award for pedigree dogs from the ages of 6 to 18 months which have won a series of first prizes at both open and championship shows. Achieving a Junior Warrant is one of the highest levels of success for young pedigree show dogs.

    The Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of the Year competition is held annually and is for dogs which have gained the title of Junior Warrant during the previous year.  The final will take place on Thursday 9 March 2017 and will be just one of the many and varied activities taking place at Crufts from 9 – 12 March 2017.

    Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “The Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of the Year competition throws the spotlight on young dogs competing at Crufts. All the great dogs who have triumphed at the show over the years had to start somewhere, so who knows what this might lead to? This year’s final could see a star of the future emerge! We wish all the competitors the best of luck and a very enjoyable show.”

    To find out more about the Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of the Year competition, please visit

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    February 10th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    A basic final check of each Best of Breed will be undertaken in the collecting ring at Crufts by officials from the show management and vet teams.

    The Crufts Committee is mindful that it has a duty of care to all dogs entered at the show and particularly those competing in the arena at Crufts, which is a very different experience to competing in the group at other general championship shows and can be overwhelming for both dog and handler.

    Therefore to protect the welfare of the dog, all Best of Breeds will be requested to undergo a basic low-key observation to ensure each dog is ready to compete in the group. The observation will focus on obvious visible conditions which could compromise the dog’s performance in the group competition (KC Regulation F(1)15b refers).

    Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “For those who are preparing for competition in the collecting ring it is a very exciting and special time, so we want to be sure that both dog and handler are as ready as they can be to compete and that the dog is sound and not in distress in any way.

    “The check will be basic and will simply involve the show official and vet team observing the dog move, to ensure that the dog and handler are both ready to enjoy themselves in the ring.”

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    February 10th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    The Kennel Club has announced the finalists taking part in the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition at Crufts.

    The competition, sponsored by Eukanuba and supported by the competition’s media partner Our Dogs, is the only one of its kind in the UK, raising awareness of Britain and Ireland’s rare native breeds and recognising those breeders and owners dedicated to ensuring their continued survival.

    In order to qualify for the final, a dog must have been nominated by its owner and have accumulated the most points in its breed at championship and open shows in the preceding year.

    The finalists are as follows:

    Bloodhound, Sam Clark’s Ch Gioia Delle Isole Lontane at Farlap, 4 points. 

    Bull Terrier (Miniature), Elaine and Verity Clark’s Ch Grandopera Macchiato, 5 points.

    Collie (Smooth), Trevor and Birgit Hayward’s Ch Clingstone’s Hot Shot at Foxearth, 12 points.

    Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Liz Jacka-Slater’s Cloverwood Duchess May, 15 points. 

    Deerhound, Kay Constantine’s Cotherstone Islay Mist of Kaleginy, 16 points.

    English Setter, Kate Thomson’s Mariglen Fetlar Caspellwynd, 26 points.

    English Toy Terrier, Terry Burgess, Dominic Browne, Katherine and Christine Williams’ Ch Sharex Burning Love for Dobrugh, 17 points. 

    Fox Terrier (Smooth), Rachel Turley’s Zetamaz Marcel Marceau Avec Llyunamill, 29 points. 

    Glen of Imaal Terrier, Kathy George and Natalie Sullivan’s Ch Romainville Billy Whizz, 7 points. 

    Gordon Setter, David Alcorn, David Crowther and Josie Baddeley’s Sh Ch Lourdace Fulcrum, 19 points. (Last year’s VNB winner, and Gundog Group winner)

    Irish Terrier, Angela Cooke’s Ch Montelle Carvillius Gold, 23 points. 

    Kerry Blue Terrier, Carmel Clarke-O’Neill’s Lemracdream Raphael, 7 points. 

    Lancashire Heeler, Nina and Ellie Beach’s Ch Foxthyme Back To Black, 14 points. 

    Manchester Terrier, Kevin Carter’s Ch Digelsa Declaration, 24 points.

    Mastiff, Emma Herring and Jamie Dodd’s Ch Cedwalla Country Boy By Heffalump, 4 points. 

    Norwich Terrier, Ali Hayes’ Ragus Fabulous Clown, 14 points.

    Otterhound, Samantha Lewis’ Ottaryx Phaedrra, 7 points.

    Sealyham Terrier, Joy Banks’ Ch Amberwheat’s Hope’n’Smile with Willowaire, 5 points.  

    Skye Terrier, Jane Curtis’ Ch Brakemill Barnum, 15 points.

    Spaniel (Clumber), Peter and Jackie Sheppard’s Whissgig Daddy Cool, 7 points.

    Spaniel (Field)Caroline Smith’s Ewtor Affinity For Flyenpyg, 14 points. 

    Spaniel (Sussex), Gordon and Lesley Nesbitt’s Yorkham Fred Bear From Charbrouille, 15 points.

    Welsh Corgi (Cardigan), Peter Clifton’s Ch Joseter Mr Blobby, 26 points.

    The final, to be judged by Stuart Plane, will take place at 6pm in the Genting Arena on Friday 10 March at the NEC in Birmingham.

    Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “The Kennel Club Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition final is always a popular feature at Crufts. We are delighted to be able to showcase these special breeds in this way, and would urge visitors who may be interested in acquiring one of these breeds to also spend time in the Discover Dogs area of Crufts in Hall 3 where the dogs can be met at close quarters. Meeting the breeders in this way is always a great way to find out if a breed is suitable for a particular family’s lifestyle.”

    More information on the vulnerable British and Irish breeds can be found on the Kennel Club website at

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    February 7th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017
    Airedale Terrier92
    Australian Terrier23
    Bedlington Terrier78
    Border Terrier250
    Bull Terrier48
    Bull Terrier (Miniature)78
    Cairn Terrier145
    Cesky Terrier50
    Dandie Dinmont Terrier55
    Fox Terrier (Smooth)67
    Fox Terrier (Wire)85
    Glen of Imaal Terrier37
    Irish Terrier63
    Jack Russell Terrier97
    Kerry Blue Terrier43
    Lakeland Terrier34
    Manchester Terrier62
    Norfolk Terrier54
    Norwich Terrier51
    Parson Russell Terrier104
    Scottish Terrier95
    Sealyham Terrier26
    Skye Terrier39
    Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier123
    Staffordshire Bull Terrier369
    Welsh Terrier41
    West Highland White Terrier140
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