The Smooth Collie representative, Ch Clingstone’s Hot Shot at Foxearth, won the 2nd Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition at Crufts 2017 today (Friday 10th March).
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 final was pre-judged during the day by Stuart Plane, and the winner was crowned after a brief consideration of his shortlist in the Main Arena at 6pm.
Reserve was the Gordon Setter, Sh Ch Lourdace Fulcrum, who won both the VBB Competition and the Gundog Group at Crufts 2016. Shortlisted were the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, English Toy Terrier, Sealyham Terrier and Sky Terrier.
A full gallery of all the finalists who attended can be found here.
The Deerhound (Cotherstone Islay Mist of Kaleginy) and Dandie Dinmont (Cloverwood Duchess May) representatives did not compete today.
Many VBB enthusiasts were disappointed with the way in which the competition was handled at Crufts, with the pre-juding element not announced at all and the final squeezed in between the Eukanuba World Challenge and Utility Group judging.
This reporter has also been disappointed with the lack of media attention this competition has been given, with no official press release about the winners yet issued, no YouTube footage uploaded, and only the winners pictures being included in the official online gallery thus far. Also, last year the final was televised on Channel 4, but this year it was not.
The entire point of this competition, in the KC’S own words is “raising awareness” – how is that supposed to be achieved when these breeds get less than 20 minutes in the spotlight, with no attention otherwise? Even the official press pack info about dog breed trends over the years barely mentions the VBBs, except as an arbitrary table of registration figures. Journalists need human interest angles, quotes, images: stories! Why is the Kennel Club not using this competition – or indeed Crufts in general – to provide these?Tags: Crufts, Crufts 2017, Pastoral Group, VNB
Alan, a Lakeland Terrier from Uttoxeter in Staffordshire, won the Terrier Best in Group title at Crufts 2017 today (Thursday 9th March), qualifying him for a place in the Best in Show final on Sunday.
Alan (Champion Saredon Enigma), who is only 20 months old, will return to the Genting Arena at the NEC in Birmingham on Sunday for a place in the final at the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts, with his handler, John Averis. Alan is owned by Johann Schembri and Tony Barker and was bred by John, who is a Kennel Club Assured Breeder.
Second place in the Terrier group went to the West Highland White Terrier, with the Dandie Dinmont and Kerry Blue in 3rd and 4th.
Shortlisted were: the Bedlington, the Smooth Fox Terrier, the Irish, the Jack Russell (exhibiting at Crufts for the first time), the Norfolk, and the Scottie.
People around Britain and the world will be watching to see which dog is crowned Best in Show on Sunday as the final is filmed live on Channel 4 and available to stream on the official Crufts YouTube Channel – www.youtube.com/crufts.
Around 22,000 dogs will compete over the four days for one of just seven places in the Crufts final and a chance to win the most celebrated title in the world of dogs.
The Lakeland Terrier is a Vulnerable Native Breed.
John Averis, who bred Alan and handled him in the ring, said: “This is amazing. Alan is only 20 months old but you’ve got to go in to the ring hoping to win and being optimistic.
“This dog has quite a history – his grandfather, grandmother and mother were all Best of Breeds at Crufts so he had a lot to follow and I believe he excelled himself. We spend a lot of time training Alan and it has paid off.Tags: Crufts, Crufts 2017, KC Press Release, Terrier, VNB
“To me it is the highest honour to win the Terrier group at Crufts. Time now for a pint and a curry and to look forward to Sunday.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to see Alan chosen as the Best in Group winner today. Johann, Tony and John should all be very proud of Alan for reaching the prestigious Best in Show final, it’s an incredible achievement and one that not many get to experience in their lifetime.
“Crufts celebrates happy, healthy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners. Alan is such a lovely dog that clearly has a great relationship with his handler, and is clearly at home in the show ring.
“It’s only day one of four and the final is bound to be exciting. We want to wish Alan and his owners and handler the best of luck in the ring, we are sure that all of Uttoxeter will be turning on Channel 4 on Sunday to cheer them on.”
For more information, visit www.crufts.org.uk. The full results for Crufts 2017 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk.
Frosty, a Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen from the Netherlands, owned by Gwen Huikeshoven and Phil Reid, won the Hound Best in Group title at Crufts 2017 today (Thursday 9th March), qualifying them for a place in the Best in Show final on Sunday.
Frosty (Europ Champion Frosty Snowman), who is two years old, will return to the Genting Arena at the NEC in Birmingham for a place at the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts, with his owner Gwen Huikeshoven.
People around Britain and the world will be watching to see which dog is crowned Best in Show on Sunday as the final is filmed live on Channel 4 and available to stream on the official Crufts YouTube Channel – www.youtube.com/crufts.Tags: Crufts, Crufts 2017, High Profile Breeds, Hound, KC Press Release
Almost 22,000 dogs have competed over the four days for one of just seven places in the Crufts final and a chance to win the most celebrated title in the world of dogs.
Proud owner Gwen Huikeshoven, said: “I could not believe it when the judge came towards us and to think we had planned to go home tomorrow.
“Frosty is a really playful dog. He loves his squeaky toys and he is the perfect family pet.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to see Frosty chosen as the Best in Group Hound winner today. Frosty’s owners Gwen and Phil should be very proud of reaching the prestigious Best in Show final, it’s an incredible achievement and one that not many get to experience in their lifetime.
“Crufts celebrates happy, healthy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners. Frosty and Gwen’s relationship really showed in the ring and it looked as though Frosty thoroughly enjoyed himself.
“We want to wish Frosty, Gwen and Phil the best of luck in the ring on Sunday, and we hope people turn on Channel 4 to watch the action.”
For more information, visit www.crufts.org.uk. The full results for Crufts 2017 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk.
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/Tags: Crufts, Crufts 2017, KC Press Release
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 http://www.thekennelclub.org.Tags: Crufts, Crufts 2017, KC Press Release, VNB
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Breed Total 2349 Airedale Terrier 92 Australian Terrier 23 Bedlington Terrier 78 Border Terrier 250 Bull Terrier 48 Bull Terrier (Miniature) 78 Cairn Terrier 145 Cesky Terrier 50 Dandie Dinmont Terrier 55 Fox Terrier (Smooth) 67 Fox Terrier (Wire) 85 Glen of Imaal Terrier 37 Irish Terrier 63 Jack Russell Terrier 97 Kerry Blue Terrier 43 Lakeland Terrier 34 Manchester Terrier 62 Norfolk Terrier 54 Norwich Terrier 51 Parson Russell Terrier 104 Scottish Terrier 95 Sealyham Terrier 26 Skye Terrier 39 Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier 123 Staffordshire Bull Terrier 369 Welsh Terrier 41 West Highland White Terrier 140
2015 2016 2017 Total 3,214 3,275 3,158 Bearded Collie 301 299 289 Bedlington Terrier 81 89 78 Bloodhound 15 25 18 Bull Terrier (Miniature) 77 85 78 Bullmastiff 130 133 152 Collie (Smooth) 56 58 53 Dandie Dinmont Terrier 56 59 55 Deerhound 103 101 81 English Setter 170 200 174 English Toy Terrier 64 58 64 Fox Terrier (Smooth) 73 66 67 Glen of Imaal Terrier 30 42 37 Gordon Setter 208 192 200 Irish Red & White Setter 86 78 82 Irish Terrier 47 56 63 Irish Wolfhound 149 162 140 Kerry Blue Terrier 64 51 43 King Charles Spaniel 108 125 129 Lakeland Terrier 41 45 34 Lancashire Heeler 89 86 79 Manchester Terrier 57 66 62 Mastiff 58 66 56 Norwich Terrier 40 51 51 Old English Sheepdog 111 133 124 Otterhound 32 32 25 Retriever (Curly Coated) 73 76 65 Scottish Terrier 108 94 95 Sealyham Terrier 38 33 26 Skye Terrier 57 56 39 Spaniel (Clumber) 87 70 64 Spaniel (Field) 53 54 66 Spaniel (Irish Water) 36 30 32 Spaniel (Sussex) 57 52 59 Spaniel (Welsh Springer) 200 203 200 Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) 83 91 101 Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) 144 120 136 Welsh Terrier 32 38 41
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.Tags: Crufts, Crufts 2017
The Kennel Club and the Crufts Committee wish to announce that the following sponsors and supporters have generously contributed towards Crufts 2017:
Gerald King, Chairman of Crufts, said: “The Kennel Club and the Crufts Committee are pleased to announce the sponsors and supporters for Crufts 2017, including some new names. We are all looking forward to staging another world class event which next year will incorporate the 10th Anniversary of the Eukanuba World Challenge. Crufts would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and supporters, so we take this opportunity to thank them for their generosity.”
Previous major sponsors Samsung Electronics and Bayer Pharmaceuticals announced in November 2016 that they would no longer be sponsoring the event.Tags: Crufts 2017, KC Press Release
The Kennel Club has announced the five remarkable Young Kennel Club (YKC) members who have been nominated for the prestigious Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person award, which celebrates the hard-working, inspirational and selfless actions of young dog lovers.
The Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person award is the highest award for YKC members, and celebrates young people who are demonstrating their love of dogs as well as encouraging others to become a part of the dog world.
For over thirty years, Ed and Cindy McAlpine have presented the Shaun McAlpine Trophy at Crufts in memory of their son, Shaun, who had himself achieved considerable success as a dog handler.
Previous winners of the annual competition have been selected for their volunteering and fundraising for dog charities, helping to organise dog activities in the local community and for assisting others through training, stewarding and mentoring.
This year the five finalists, who were selected by a public vote, are:
Young Braveheart of the Year
Daily life has always been a struggle for 15 year-old Daisy Buckland from Sutton-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, who suffers with selective mutism and Asperger syndrome. Despite being a bright pupil, Daisy finds it extremely hard to interact and speak to adults outside of her home environment, which makes everyday life at secondary school a tough challenge for her. Since taking part in agility with her six year-old Border Terrier, Charlie, Daisy’s family have noticed a dramatic change in her. She has slowly started to communicate with the adults at her agility club, has competed in a friendly agility competition and won five rosettes. Her face lights up every time she gets positive comments at her agility classes and recently felt confident enough to attend her agility club’s Christmas party with Charlie. This was very much out of Daisy’s comfort zone, but doing so has given her a new found burst of confidence, which left her smiling for days.
Champion Volunteer of the Year
Lauren Bethan Williams, aged 23, volunteers for over 20 hours a week at various dog, children and adult charities whilst working as a full time primary school teacher. Her selfless behaviour has even extended out to fundraising and volunteering for disadvantaged children, animals and communities abroad.
In the world of dogs, Laura volunteers as an instructor at a local companion dog club and gives her time to her favourite dog charities by volunteering as steward at their pet shows, as well as raising much needed funds for dog charities through sponsored walks and fundraisers.
Outside of the dog world. Laura still manages to find time to volunteer in her local community by running a Rainbow group for young girls, playing in a youth marching band to help young members develop their confidence, and volunteering at a club for adults with learning disabilities. She has managed to successfully combine her love of dogs and education and walked local dogs for donations towards a trip that she funded to work with disadvantaged children and animals in communities outside of the UK. Most recently, she has taken her fundraising and volunteering to another level and raised over £7,000 to visit Madagascar to work in the rainforest developing habitat for local animals.
Good Buddy of the Year
18 year-old Liam Landymore from Beaworthy, Devon, suffers with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression caused by a traumatic event eight years ago. He finds attending school a real challenge due to severe anxiety and panic attacks. In 2012, Liam took a turn for the worse and his depression became extremely worrying. His family were running out of options to keep Liam safe, as nothing seemed to be working. It was an extremely difficult time for Liam and he just didn’t want to live anymore. His family decided to get help from Dogs Helping Kids (DHK), a unique charity dedicated to using highly trained dogs to help children. From here, Liam’s dog, Charlie, started his training with DHK to become Liam’s support school dog. Having Charlie in Liam’s life has made all the difference and the two formed a unique bond through positive training was Charlie gave Liam the courage to live life again.
Liam felt so passionate about the charity that he has started to promote and raise money for DHK and is now a Dogs Helping Kids Young Ambassador and teenage advisor. Last November, Liam noticed the lack of young men training dogs so formed his own extension to the charity, aptly named Liam’s Men on Board, to address this. Liam hopes to be a top dog behaviourist and trainer when he leaves school, but most importantly he wants to continue to work alongside DHK to help other children like him.
Sporting Talent of the Year
19 year-old Antonia Leech from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire has achieved so much through her hobby of showing dogs over the last ten years. She has experienced numerous successes in the YKC but her highest achievement to date is winning YKC National Handler of the Year which allowed her to represent the UK at the World Dog Show in Moscow last year. Antonia claimed second place in the final last June with five-year-old Pharaoh Hound Bella, owned breeder Maria Evteeva from the world renowned Russian ‘Reedly Road’ kennel, becoming the first UK representative in eighteen years, and the first YKC member ever, to be placed at the show.
Her achievements in YKC stakes and handling are too many to mention and she has worked hard to become well respected in the showing and handling world. This year she had 109 junior and adult handlers enter when she judged at Southern Counties Championship Show and she is a credit and inspiration to YKC members and undoubtedly inspires other young dog lovers.
Fundraiser of the Year
Over the last two years, 12 year-old Mariann Bayliss from Stourbridge, West Midlands has raised money for several dog charities after initially raising £75 from selling loom bracelets for Children In Need. She began selling her handmade items at agility shows, school events and even via Facebook, all for different charitable causes. Last year she raised £150 for Dogs Trust in Evesham by making and selling dog bandanas; she wanted the money to help look after dogs which are less fortunate than her own. One of her recent projects, making tuggy toys and leads, raised £180 which she split between the Cinnamon Trust and Agility Against Cancer. Mariann chose the Cinnamon Trust because they offer a vital service to elderly and ill people, helping them care for their pets when they are not able to. Agility Against Cancer was an easy choice to make as the charity was originally set up to help a former member of her agility club where many of her friends were also involved in raising funds.
Speaking about the finalists, YKC Chairman, Gerald King, said: “Congratulations to our five outstanding finalists – they are a credit to their generation and their stories really highlight the difference a dog can make in a person’s life or vice versa. Each year we receive incredible entries for young people and everyone who received a nomination should be proud of the work they have achieved, especially our five finalists – we look forward to seeing them at Crufts.”
The winners from each category have been invited to Crufts 2017 on Sunday 12th March for a special presentation ceremony and each will receive an exclusive YKC ambassador’s badge and award. As well as being crowned the Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person of the Year, there is also a prize fund up to £750 which will be used towards helping the winner progress their love of dogs. The overall winner will be decided via an online vote open to all on Facebook.
Visit the club’s Facebook page to register your vote and show your support for these inspirational young people. The voting will close on Friday 3 March 2017.Tags: Crufts 2017, KC Press Release, YKC