Crufts Headline Roundup – Toy & Utility Day

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Toy & Utility Groups

The final day of Crufts promises not to disappoint, with 5,738 dogs representing 24 Toy and 27 Utility breeds.
The largest entry in the Toy group is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (305); the smallest is the Australian Silky Terrier (9). The largest entry in the Utility group is the Bulldog (233), while the Canaan Dog has just 11 individuals entered.
The Russian Toy Spaniel will be competing at Crufts for the first time today.

Vulnerable Native Breeds

The following Vulnerable Native Breeds will be exhibiting today:

  • English Toy TerrierKing Charles Spaniel
  • King Charles Spaniel

Category Three Breeds

The Kennel Club’s Breed Watch health and welfare program has highlighted a number of breeds as ‘Category Three’, ie breeds where some dogs have visible conditions or exaggerations that can cause pain or discomfort. These breeds require their Best of Breed winners to be examined by a vet before their award is confirmed. This includes Crufts winners.

The following Category Three breeds will be exhibited today:

  • Bulldog (U)
  • Pug (T)
  • Pekingese(T)

The Bulldog passed their vet check, as did both the Toy breeds.

Other Headlines

Team White will be at Crufts 2019 again, this year with 3 white Miniature Schnauzers (and one black) in tow. Swing by Ring 2 in Hall 1 to see them in action.

Before Best in Show, the Main Arena evening programme includes: the Agilty Champtionships Final, Eukanuba Pup of the Year, the YKC Stakes Final, Presentation of the Police Dog Team Operational and Humanitarian Action of the Year Award. And, of course, the Toy and Utility Group judging, and Friends for Life.

Some of you may know that the Best in Show judge was changed at the last minute a few weeks ago. Although the Kennel Club did not issue a statement as to why, The Daily Mail has thier own report.

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