Crufts 2024 is set to highlight the diversity of Britain and Ireland’s vulnerable native dog breeds through The Kennel Club Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Final.

The competition aims to raise awareness of these breeds and commend breeders and owners working for their preservation. In 2023, 34 breeds were classified as vulnerable, recording 300 or fewer puppy registrations in the UK the previous year. The competition plays a pivotal role in spotlighting these breeds and acknowledging the efforts made towards their survival.

Judging and Presentation

Mr. Gavin Robertson, renowned for breeding Soletrader Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens, will judge the final. The grand presentation will take place at 6 pm on Thursday, 7 March, at the NEC in Birmingham. Pre-judging will take place in hall 1, ring 8 at 2 pm.

To qualify for the final, a dog must have won Best of Breed at the group championship show designated by The Kennel Club. In instances where the winner cannot participate, the Best Opposite Sex in Breed winner takes their place, ensuring representation for all breeds.

The list of competitors for the final includes various breeds such as English Toy Terrier (Black and Tan), King Charles Spaniel, English Setter, Gordon Setter, Irish Red And White Setter, and many more. Each dog has excelled in its breed category, earning the right to compete at this prestigious event.

Encouraging Support and Exploration

Tom Mather, Crufts Chairman, encourages visitors to support the finalists during pre-judging or in the Resorts World Arena. He emphasizes the importance of discovering these lesser-known breeds, suggesting potential owners spend time in the Discover Dogs area in hall 3, where they can interact closely with the dogs and breeders.

The Kennel Club Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition at Crufts is a unique platform that not only recognises excellence in breeding but also encourages the exploration and understanding of diverse and less common breeds. As the event unfolds, spectators and enthusiasts alike eagerly await the showcase of these remarkable dogs, each contributing to the rich tapestry of British and Irish canine heritage. For more information and to explore the world of vulnerable breeds, interested individuals can visit The Kennel Club’s website.