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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 www.thekennelclub.org.uk/juniorwarrant.

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    February 7th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017
    Breed 
    Total2349
    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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    February 6th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

     201520162017
    Total3,2143,2753,158
    Bearded Collie301299289
    Bedlington Terrier818978
    Bloodhound152518
    Bull Terrier (Miniature)778578
    Bullmastiff130133152
    Collie (Smooth)565853
    Dandie Dinmont Terrier565955
    Deerhound10310181
    English Setter170200174
    English Toy Terrier645864
    Fox Terrier (Smooth)736667
    Glen of Imaal Terrier304237
    Gordon Setter208192200
    Irish Red & White Setter867882
    Irish Terrier475663
    Irish Wolfhound149162140
    Kerry Blue Terrier645143
    King Charles Spaniel108125129
    Lakeland Terrier414534
    Lancashire Heeler898679
    Manchester Terrier576662
    Mastiff586656
    Norwich Terrier405151
    Old English Sheepdog111133124
    Otterhound323225
    Retriever (Curly Coated)737665
    Scottish Terrier1089495
    Sealyham Terrier383326
    Skye Terrier575639
    Spaniel (Clumber)877064
    Spaniel (Field)535466
    Spaniel (Irish Water)363032
    Spaniel (Sussex)575259
    Spaniel (Welsh Springer)200203200
    Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)8391101
    Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)144120136
    Welsh Terrier323841
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    February 6th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    Crufts is to stage its most international show ever, with a record number of dogs travelling from abroad to compete this year in an overall entry of almost 22,000 dogs.

    The Kennel Club figures show that 21,838 dogs will be taking part in breed judging, Gamekeepers’ classes and the Obedience and Agility Championships at the show, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 9 – 12 March.

    A total of 3,469 dogs from overseas will compete at Crufts this year, compared with 3,396 in 2016, an increase of over two per cent. Dogs from a total of 55 overseas countries will take part in the show, including, for the first time, Puerto Rico, Georgia, Guadeloupe and Réunion. This is eight more countries than competed in 2016.

    Leading this friendly ‘foreign invasion’ with more entries than any other overseas country is France with 418 dogs, followed closely by Italy (373), the Netherlands (327) and the Republic of Ireland (305).

    The number of breeds competing at Crufts continues to grow, adding to the diversity of the event, with the inclusion of two new breeds – the ever-popular British breed, the Jack Russell Terrier (97 entered), and the Great Swiss Mountain Dog (40), which will both have their own breed classes at Crufts for the first time.

    This year has seen an increase of 50 per cent or more in the entries for the Basenji, Japanese Spitz and Portuguese Water Dog compared with 2016.

    The highest entry in each group is as follows:

    • Terrier: Staffordshire Bull Terrier – 369
    • Hound: Whippet – 386
    • Toy: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – 311
    • Utility: Bulldog – 282
    • Gundog: Retriever (Labrador) – 555
    • Working: Boxer, Rottweiler – both 220
    • Pastoral: Border Collie – 352

    In contrast, there are just two Hungarian Kuvasz entered, which is the highest entry figure for this rare breed at Crufts since 2005, which highlights the fact that the show is a true celebration of all dogs, from the well-known to the highly unusual.

    Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “We are delighted that entries to Crufts remain strong and steady. We feel honoured to welcome dogs from such a wide variety of breeds, representing all corners of the globe. The fact that people travel far and wide to enter this prestigious event is testament to the place it continues to hold in people’s hearts and we intend to keep going from strength to strength.

    “With Crufts also hosting the tenth anniversary of the Eukanuba World Challenge this year, it is a fantastic opportunity to have the entire dog world in one place celebrating the most successful and well-known dog show in the world. This will throw the spotlight on the magnificence of pedigree dogs and enhance the partnership the Kennel Club has with Eukanuba, supported by the FCI.

    “We thank everybody who has entered the show and look forward to welcoming all the dogs and their owners who make Crufts such a wonderful event, whether it is those who have been loyally returning year after year or those who are experiencing the show for the first time.”

    A full list of entries in each breed can be found on the Crufts website here.

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    November 7th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    The Young Kennel Club (YKC) is seeking nominations for the next Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person of the Year, which will be awarded at the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts, in March 2017.

    Through five different categories, the prestigious award acknowledges and highlights the positive contribution that YKC members make to the world of dogs. The categories are:

    • Young Braveheart of the Year: Recognising young people who have overcome personal barriers with their dog to achieve success.
    • Champion Volunteer of the Year: Recognising young people who give up their time to volunteer to help others.
    • Good Buddy of the Year: Recognising young people and their dogs who have proved themselves to be good role models.
    • Sporting Talent of the Year: Recognising young people who demonstrate a real passion for competing with or training their dog.
    • Fundraiser of the Year: Recognising young people who raise money for good causes.

    Previous winners of the annual competition have been selected for their volunteering and fundraising for dog charities, helping organise dog activities in the local community, and assisting others through training, stewarding and mentoring.

    Shortlisted nominees for each category will be invited to Crufts 2017 for a special presentation ceremony where the overall winner will be announced and will receive £750 to be used towards helping them progress their love of dogs.

    Young Kennel Club Chairman, Gerald King said: “Each year we really look forward to the announcement of the Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person of the Year and it’s fantastic to hear about all the outstanding commitments of our YKC members. This award allows us to recognise young people working and helping dogs, reminding us of the way in which the two together can make such a difference in society.

    “Last year’s overall winner was a perfect example of the dedication of our members. Charlotte-Louise Page won ‘Fundraiser of the Year’ after raising £3,000 for a number of charities including the likes of Dogs for Good and Macmillan. Charlotte’s incredible achievements included climbing Ben Nevis with her Dalmatian, Pandora as well as taking on the Virgin London Marathon. We look forward to discovering more passionate and committed members like Charlotte with this year’s award.”

    The award is the highest level of achievement for young dog lovers. For over twenty five years, Ed and Cindy McAlpine have presented the Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person of the Year award in memory of their son. The trophy is awarded annually to encourage young dog lovers to become more involved in dog activities, as Shaun himself had achieved considerable success as a dog handler.

    Anyone can nominate a YKC member in one of the Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person of the Year award categories by submitting the application online from now until 1st December 2016. For more information or support with nominating, please contact ykc@thekennelclub.org.uk or call 020 7518 1030.

    Once nominations have been revealed, the general public will then decide the winner via an online vote on the YKC Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/YoungKennelClub/

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    October 20th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    A nationwide search has begun to find the UK’s top dog hero, to be crowned the 2017 winner of the annual Eukanuba Friends for Life competition, celebrating a lifetime of friendship and the heart-warming stories of how humans and dogs transform and enrich each other’s lives.

    The Kennel Club, the UK’s largest dog welfare organisation, in partnership with Eukanuba, the experts in super premium pet nutrition, is searching for inspiring stories from across the country that showcase just how much dogs do for humans throughout their lives, and is calling for the public to nominate a canine companion that deserves to be recognised for what they do.

    The winner of the Eukanuba Friends for Life competition will be revealed at Crufts 2017, at the NEC, Birmingham on Sunday 12 March, and will win £3,000 for a dog charity of their choice.  Runners up will receive £750 for their chosen dog charity.

    The public are being asked to nominate dogs in the following categories:

    Nominations are open until 12 December 2016 and four finalists will be chosen to go forward to the final at Crufts 2017, where the overall winner, selected by public vote, will be announced before the grand finale of the Crufts Best in Show award.

    Previous winners of the competition include 2016 winner Boo the Lurcher, who is credited with transforming the life of owner Rosie Reid following complications in pregnancy that left her unable to have children and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder; Miracle, a rescue dog who was to be cruelly slaughtered for meat but who is now changing the life of his owner six year-old Kyle who has cerebral palsy; and Haatchi, an Anatolian Shepherd who had his leg and tail amputated after being deliberately tied to a railway line and struck by a train, only to be rescued and rehomed with seven year-old Owen Howkins, who has a rare genetic condition which causes his muscles to be permanently tense, and his family.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Dogs play a significant role in our lives. Every day there are dogs out there saving lives in war zones, giving confidence and independence to those with disabilities, and showing remarkable bravery and loyalty as pets.

    “Eukanuba Friends for Life is an opportunity to celebrate these dogs, who quietly go about changing people’s lives in their own unique and special way. We are looking forward to hearing from anybody who has a heart-warming tale about how their dog has changed their life for the better or how a friend has had their life transformed by their dog.

    “As a fitting tribute, the winner will take centre stage at the Genting Arena during Crufts 2017, an event which is dedicated to celebrating the diverse role that dogs play in society and the way that they enrich our lives.

    “We encourage anybody whose dog has earned the title of Eukanuba Friend for Life to put them forward for recognition in this competition.”

    Annaliese Reekie, Managing Director for Eukanuba UK said: “Eukanuba Friends for Life celebrates the unique relationship we have with our dogs and the important role they play throughout our life and their own. At Eukanuba, we want to help extraordinary dogs everywhere to live a long, happy and healthy life with our high quality nutrition together with appropriate care. I have always had dogs in my life so know the joy, comfort and loyalty they bring; ultimately they will never let you down. I can’t wait to hear this year’s incredible stories of how dogs give us a lifetime of love, care and support.”

    For further information and to nominate a dog, visit www.crufts.org.uk/content/eukanuba-friends-for-life.

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    March 13th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2016

    The 125th anniversary of Crufts has ended on a high, with an exciting Best in Show final seeing Devon (Ch Burneze Geordie Girl), a West Highland White Terrier take home the coveted title tonight (Sunday March 13th). 

    In a packed arena, Devon, who is two years old in July and Marie Burns, a Kennel Club Assured Breeder from Bishop Auckland, County Durhamwere cheered on as they were chosen by top judge, Derek Smith and awarded the prestigious Crufts Best in Show title by Clare Balding. The historic moment was captured live on Channel 4 and watched online around the world. 

    Almost 22,000 pedigree dogs from around the world competed at the Birmingham NEC over four days for just seven places in the Crufts 2016 Best in Show final. The other six finalists were, Jen the German Spitz Klein, Eric the Pekingese, Zony the Border Collie, James the Gordon Setter, Hazel the Whippet and Hector the Bouvier Des Flandres. 

    Devon’s, owner, Marie said of her win: “I can’t believe it, it was amazing. She is a typical terrier, a bit of a tomboy, very independent and fun to be around. I’m so thankful to everyone who has helped us get there. I can’t believe it she’s the first West Highland Terrier to win in more than 20 years.” 

    The Reserve Best in Show award was won by Hazel, the Whippet, owned by Charlie Donaldson from Middlebie, Dumfrieshire, who was also bred by a Kennel Club Assured Breeder. 

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “This has been a fantastic year and a wonderful final, and it’s clear to see why, for 125 years, Crufts has been one of the major British events.

    “Congratulations to Devon who helped end this year’s competition on a high note, taking the prestigious Best in Show award with her owner, Marie Burns. 

    “This year has been such a great show, with dogs and their handlers showing their fantastic relationship across a range of dog sports and competitions.” 

    The full results for Crufts 2016 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk

    Only 361 days until Crufts 2017!

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    February 26th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

    Twenty one year-old Zara Werner, from Herne Bay, is getting ready to be awarded the Cinnamon Trust Young Volunteer of the Year award at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, next month.

    Zara WernerZara, who is currently at Canterbury Christ Church University studying events management, first started volunteering in 2011 when she was taking part in her Duke of Edinburgh Gold award. She wanted to choose a charity where she was able to help someone in her local community on a personal level; this is where she found the Cinnamon Trust, the national charity for the elderly, the terminally ill and their pets.

    At first Zara was paired with a young energetic dog who calmed down considerably for her elderly owner after frequent walks with the young volunteer. After a short break from volunteering, Zara soon began helping with the Cinnamon Trust again, this time walking the dogs of an older woman whose recent surgery meant she was unable to give her pets any exercise. She walked them every week until their owner was back on her feet.  

    Zara met Maureen Sharp and her two dogs, Candy and Toffee, in 2014, and has been walking the dogs every week, come rain or shine, ever since. Zara and Maureen have also struck up a strong friendship, and both women look forward to each other’s company each week, Maureen even regards Zara as her honorary grand-daughter.

    Despite finishing her Duke of Edinburgh award, Zara is continuing to volunteer for Maureen and others whilst juggling university work and a part time job in a bar.

    Speaking about her win, Zara said: “I feel honoured to be have been chosen out of all the other amazing volunteers! It was such a shock when I was informed as volunteering has become part of my weekly routine so it’s easy to forget you are actually volunteering. I am really grateful to the Cinnamon Trust for choosing me.”

    When speaking about heading to Crufts next month, Zara said: “I have watched Crufts growing up as a child, so it is a really exciting opportunity for me to go, let alone to collect an award there. It is definitely a ‘pinch me’ moment!”

    Thanks to Zara’s help, Maureen has been able to keep her dogs, as Zara has given Candy and Toffee the exercise that sometimes Maureen may not have been able to provide.

    Zara will receive the prestigious Cinnamon Trust Young Volunteer of the Year trophy at Crufts on Saturday 12th March at 12pm in the Young Kennel Club ring.

    Mrs Averil Jarvis, Founder and Chief Executive of the Cinnamon Trust, said: “Zara’s commitment and kindness has brought sunshine into the lives of two little dogs and one lovely lady. For this, she more than deserves this accolade.”

    In conjunction with the Young Kennel Club, the Cinnamon Trust encourages young people who love dogs to help older people who also love dogs but are unable to fully care for their canine companion themselves. It’s a win-win-win situation – the dog wins as they get a fun walk and stay healthy, the owner wins as they get peace of mind with a happy dog, and the young volunteer wins as they make new friends and gain a great sense of pride.

     

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    February 2nd, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2016

    Almost 22,000 dogs will be heading to the NEC in Birmingham from 10th – 13th March to compete at Crufts 2016, the Kennel Club has announced. This marks an increase in entries for the 125th anniversary of the show.

    The Kennel Club figures show that 21,919 dogs will be taking part in breed judging, Gamekeepers’ classes and the Obedience and Agility Championships. The 2016 figure exceeds the 2015 figure by 2 per cent and is the highest number of dogs competing at Crufts since 2010.

    As ever, the event has a truly international flavour with 3,396 dogs competing from overseas compared with 2,987 in 2015, an increase of 14 per cent. Dogs from a total of 47 overseas countries will take part in the show, including, for the first time, Venezuela, Peru and the Philippines.

    The number of breeds competing at Crufts continues to grow, adding to the diversity of the event, with the inclusion of two new breeds, the Lagotto Ramagnolo and the Cirneco Dell’Etna, which will have their own breed classes at Crufts for the first time. Both breeds will be judged by Mrs Carla Molinari from Portugal.

    This year has seen an increase of 40 per cent or more in the entries for the following breeds compared with 2015: Pointer, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Samoyed and Basset Hound.

    The highest entry in each group is as follows:

    • Toy: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – 322
    • Utility: Bulldog – 245
    • Gundog: Retriever (Labrador) –  588
    • Working: Boxer – 236
    • Pastoral: Border Collie – 359
    • Terrier: Staffordshire Bull Terrier – 410
    • Hound: Whippet – 397

    Gerald King, Crufts Chairman said: “We are delighted that entries to Crufts’ 125th anniversary show remain strong and steady. We feel honoured to welcome dogs from such a wide variety of breeds, representing all corners of the globe. The fact that people travel far and wide to enter this prestigious event is testament to the place it continues to hold in people’s hearts and we intend to keep going from strength to strength.

    “We thank everybody who has entered the show and look forward to welcoming all the dogs and their owners who make Crufts such a wonderful event, whether it is those who have been loyally returning year after year or those who are experiencing the show for the first time.”

    Full entry figures for all the groups can be found on the pages below: 
    Toy Group
    Utility Group
    Gundog Group
    Working Group
    Pastoral Group
    Terrier Group
    Hound Group
    British Vulnerable Native Breeds
    Obedience entry was 19 bitches and 24 dogs

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    February 2nd, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2016

    Working

    Breed 
    Total2566
    Alaskan Malamute157
    Bernese Mountain Dog 221
    Bouvier des Flandres 42
    Boxer 236
    Bullmastiff 133
    Canadian Eskimo Dog 24
    Dobermann179
    Dogue de Bordeaux 153
    German Pinscher 29
    Giant Schnauzer 79
    Great Dane 160
    Greenland Dog 6
    Hovawart 51
    Leonberger 162
    Mastiff66
    Neapolitan Mastiff 31
    Newfoundland 198
    Portuguese Water Dog 47
    Rottweiler 193
    Russian Black Terrier 52
    Siberian Husky 166
    St Bernard 80
    Tibetan Mastiff 61
    AV Imported Register40

    Any Variety Imported Register Classes for the Working Group includes: Entlebucher Mountain Dog and  Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

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