Crufts, the renowned celebration of dogs organised by The Kennel Club, is back for 2024, with more than 20,000 dogs set to take center stage at the NEC in Birmingham from 7 to 10 March.
Monday 13 November marked the release of tickets for the anticipated event, promising a four-day extravaganza celebrating dogs of all shapes and sizes.
Catherine Guiver, Head of Events at The Kennel Club, says: “We are overjoyed to be rolling out the green carpet once again and welcoming thousands of wagging tails to the Midlands. It is hard to put into words the unique atmosphere created over four days at Crufts, there really is nothing like the greatest celebration of dogs.”
Action-Packed Schedule at Crufts
Crufts 2024 boasts a packed schedule, featuring over 200 diverse breeds showcasing their talents in a variety of competitions. From agility and heelwork to music to flyball and obedience, the event is a testament to the skills and abilities of our four-legged friends. The family-favorite Scruffts final will see pets from across the nation, who have earned their place through heats held throughout the year, competing for the coveted ‘top dog’ title. Additionally, one of five special finalists, as voted by the public, will receive the Kennel Club Hero Dog Award.
The grand finale, the Best in Show competition, will see one exceptional canine competitor clinching the coveted trophy. Each day will culminate with a group competition, with the Utility and Toy groups on Thursday, Gundog group on Friday, Working and Pastoral groups on Saturday, and Terrier and Hound groups on Sunday.
Discover Dogs and Charitable Initiatives
Celebrating its 30th year, the Discover Dogs area will showcase over 200 different breeds, offering visitors the opportunity to learn more about various breeds from experts. From rare breeds like the Otterhound to popular family favorites like the Labrador Retriever, Discover Dogs provides insights into responsible puppy buying, as well as training, and care requirements.
Also, for those considering rehoming a rescue dog, The Kennel Club Breed Rescue organizations will offer information and guidance. Following a successful launch in 2023, the Stand Up To Cancer Crufts Walkies Challenge returns, encouraging both two and four-legged participants to walk 60 miles in April to support cancer research.
A Marketplace of Doggy Delights
With over 500 stands covering 25 acres of the NEC, Crufts offers a shopping haven for dog enthusiasts. Charities and organizations, including The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, will showcase their work alongside displays by groups such as Medical Detection Dogs and West Midlands Police Dogs. The event will feature displays and demonstrations by The Young Kennel Club and The Kennel Club’s Good Citizen Dog Training scheme. Dedicated rings will host activities ranging from agility to heelwork to music and obedience.
Crufts welcomes over 20,000 dogs, 150,000 people, and garners over 8 million TV viewers across Channel 4, More4, and All4 broadcasts. The action is also live-streamed on the official Crufts YouTube channel. Tickets for Crufts 2024 start at £14 for children (aged 9-15) and concessions, and £21 for adults. Tickets are available through the official ticketing partner, The Ticket Factory. Additionally, entry is free for under 8s. For more information and to secure tickets, visit the Crufts website.