CRUFTS 2016 SPECIAL
THE world’s greatest dog show is marking 125 years with all its traditional pomp and pageantry, with lots of new attractions celebrating man’s best friend. For four days this week ( March 10 to March 13), the NEC Birmingham will open its doors to more than 150,000 pet lovers eager to see the most blue- blooded pedigrees on the “dog walk”, as well as many other incredible animals and their remarkable owners. The prestigious group competitions will see 22,000 dogs from 200 breeds taking part, climaxing with the coronation of the Best in Show. But there will also many other pets – from more humble bloodlines – on show, with backstories that will bring a smile to the face and a tear to the eye.
Lining up in the show ring will be the nation’s favourite crossbreeds who will compete for the ever popular Scruffts title, as well as the heroic winner of this year’s Eukanuba Friends For Life competition.
Anyone wanting proof that dogs are smart, athletic and agile only need to watch the enthralling agility and obedience displays. One of the many highlights at this year’s show will see contestants from two of the nation’s favourite rescue centres going head- to- head in the ever- popular Tunnel of Temptation.
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is taking on Manchester Dogs Home – recently reopened after the devastating fi re there in 2014, which killed 60 animals – in a tense contest where competitors have to navigate a fun course while being tempted with favourite treats along the way.
Of course, all eyes will be on the main arena on the fi nal day – Sunday, March 13 – when the champion dog will be crowned Best in Show.
Do not worry if you cannot make all four days at the NEC as Channel 4 and More4 will be broadcasting and you can also catch up via the Crufts YouTube livestream.
Kennel Club Secretary Caroline Kisko said: “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 attend this prestigious event is testament to the place it continues to hold in people’s hearts – and none more so than this year, the 125th anniversary.
“We look forward to welcoming the dogs and dog lovers 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 fi rst time.” INFORMATION: Weekday tickets cost £ 16.20 for adults in advance and £ 18 on the door. Weekend tickets cost £ 18.36 in advance and £ 20 on the door. Best in Show tickets start from £ 17.50. Concessions are available. All tickets are subject to a booking fee. Book by calling the Crufts Ticket Hotline at The Ticket Factory on 0844 444 9944,
or online at crufts. org. uk