Imported Breed Register dogs eligible to compete in group competitions at Crufts 2018

Another day, another poorly researched Daily Mail headline. This time it’s their assertion that the “Coveted Crufts ‘Best in Show’ award is opened up to foreign breeds for the first time“. 

Of course, anyone who knows the dog world knows that this is misleading; many ‘foreign breeds’ have competed at Crufts and been successful in the Best in Show arena; last year’s American Cocker Spaniel being the immediate example which springs to mind. To clarify, it’s the Any Variety Imported Register breeds which are now eligible to compete in the group competitions (and Best in Show if successful). Here’s the original KC Press Release from December 2017:

The dog declared Best AV Imported Breed Register will be eligible to compete in its relevant group competition at limited, open and championship shows, with effect from 1st January 2018.

This innovation has been brought in by the Show Executive Committee following a recommendation from the Dog Show Promotion Working Party which recently announced a number of measures designed to improve the dog show scene in Britain.

The amendments to the show regulations are as follows:


All Championship, Open and Limited Shows must schedule at least one Any Variety Imported Breed Register Class.

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Imported Breed Register

For breeds confined to the Imported Breed Register and only when an Interim Breed Standard has been published by the Kennel Club.  Such breeds may be exhibited in this class only with the winning dog being eligible to compete for Best in Group or Best in Show as relevant, and are ineligible for any other competition whatsoever.

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Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Kennel Club has received feedback from a number of exhibitors that this concept would be a welcome addition to the show scene. The working party was of the view that by appearing in group competitions, it would give the owners of these dogs an incentive to enter more shows and the opportunity to raise their breed’s profile.”

Dogs on the Imported Breed Register will still only be eligible to compete in the Imported Breed Register class or classes with the exception of the winning dog or dogs being eligible for the Group and/or Best in Show competitions.

A minimum of one AV Imported Breed Register class must be scheduled on each day of a show. Show societies which have already printed their schedules for 2018 will not be required to amend them if they have not included these classes; however, they are asked to ensure AV Imported Breed Register classes are scheduled at their next show.

For more information on the Imported Breed Register, please visit the Kennel Club website at:

Of course, sticking to pesky things like facts would prevent the Daily Mail from making topical Brexit references…

To clarify, Crufts starts on Thursday, not Wednesday; is based in Birmingham, not London; and there are 104 AV IR dogs entered, not 94:

Gundog – 12
Hound – 15
Pastoral – 36
Utility – 34
Working – 7

Some of the AV IR breeds which will be on show at Crufts 2018 are: 

  • Griffon Fauve De Bretagne,
  • Mexican Xoloitzcuintle
  • Bergamasco Shepherd
  • Hungarian Pumi
  • Entlebucher Mountain Dog
  • Berger Picard
  • Blue Auvergne Hunting Dog
  • Basset Bleu de Gascogne
  • Bavarian Mountain Dog
  • Hungarian Kuvasz
  • Korthals Griffon
  • Barbet

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