Posts with tag Crufts


Inbreeding: A Force for Good – or a Skeleton in Our Closet?

A lot of people in Great Britain heaved a deep sigh of relief when they realized that our Westminster Best in Show winner, the feisty Affenpinscher GCh. Banana Joe v. Tani Kazari, would not be going to Crufts this year. This had nothing to do with anyone being afraid of the competition: I have no… read more

Emma Goes to Crufts – Again!

Today, DFR readers, I bring to you the one and only Miss Emma Echols. Emma has just returned home from her second consecutive year representing the United States in the International Junior Handling Competition at the largest dog show in the world, Crufts. To become eligible to represent her country at Crufts, Emma first had… read more

Crufts 2013: Toy and Utility Breeds on Day Two

One thing I did not mention in my report from the first day of Crufts yesterday was the controversial health testing which the Kennel Club imposed on a few of the Best of Breed winners before they were allowed to compete in the Group last year. Six BOB winners were in fact prohibited from participating in… read more


The Health Tests at Crufts: Part II

Bo Bengtson continues his conversation with Ronnie Irving, former chairman of the Kennel Club in England and the man behind the controversial “Health Test” concept. Bo Bengtson: I understand that health tests were performed at other shows during 2012. How many were there, how many dogs have been tested, and what percentage passed-failed? Ronnie Irving:… read more


Crufts 2013: Terriers and Hounds on Day One

If there’s one thing I’m sure of, it’s that everyone who’s seriously interested in dogs and dog shows should go to Crufts at least once in their lifetime. There’s no other place that dogs play such an important part in the general life of the human population as they do in England, and nowhere is this… read more


Fancy That: Thursday at Crufts

The biggest, and some say best, dog show the world over began today in Birmingham, England, at the gargantuan National Exhibition Centre, a collection of interconnected halls that house the show’s benching and the big rings where breed judging takes place, as well as the most amazing array of vendors you can find at any… read more

The Health Tests at Crufts: Part I

Bo Bengtson is in Birmingham, England where he asks some questions of Ronnie Irving, former Chairman of the Kennel Club and the man behind the controversial “Health Test” concept. Nothing has caused such an explosive reaction among active dog people as the introduction at Crufts last year of health tests, which the winners of certain… read more

Crufts, the world’s biggest dog show, begins next Thursday, March 7.

By the Numbers: Crufts 2013

The “world’s biggest dog show” opens in Birmingham, England, today, March 7, 2013, and this year 20,566 dogs make up 23,164 conformation entries. More than 2,000 dogs from overseas are entered at Crufts this year, the highest foreign entry ever. A total of 2,131 dogs from 41 different countries will take part at the show,… read more


The World’s Top Dogs: Best of Britain 2012

By now it’s old news that the battle for Top Dog at AKC all-breed shows 2012 came down to a close call between the German Wirehaired Pointer GCh. Mt. View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm and the English Springer Spaniel GCh. Wynmoor Champagne Supernova. The former won by a couple of thousand points, which sounds like a… read more


Bo Bengtson Joins Best In Show Daily

In the American dog show scene today only a handful of people can be classified among its most elite journalists. Indeed I count fewer than a half-dozen who can lay claim to that title, and one of them stands above even his closest peers. Bo Bengtson’s longevity and experience, coupled with an unwavering passion for… read more

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