Posts with tag Crufts


Fancy That: Virginia’s Mountain Valley Cluster

The shows in Canfield, Ohio, drew the largest entries this past weekend, at least for shows east of the Mississippi. The four-day cluster had 1,301 dogs in competition on Thursday, with a high of 1,809 on Saturday. Even with an outdoor location in August, the Steel Valley Cluster continues to have large entries. While the… read more


Canine Alliance Holds First Meeting with Kennel Club

On the afternoon of March 28, 2012, three members of the recently formed Canine Alliance met with two representatives of the Kennel Club in Great Britain to air their grievances regarding the breeds that were disqualified from Group competition at Crufts this year. Canine Alliance Secretary Robert Harlow, along with Michael Gadsby and Lisa Croft-Elliott, met… read more


Grassroots Movement Begins in Reaction to Crufts Barring Dogs from Competition

On the evening of March 16, 2012, following the Crufts dog show, 320 fanciers gathered at the National Motorcycle Museum near the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, England, to discuss the fallout from this year’s requirement that 15 “high-profile breeds” undergo veterinary examinations before being allowed to compete in the Groups. As most of our… read more


We Must Stand Together

Those of us who enjoy the avocation of owning, breeding and showing purebred dogs may never again hear a more pressing message than this: we must stand together and not allow internal battles to divide us, or we are destined to lose our war against animal rights extremists. If we stand united, we can fight… read more

Dawne Deeley

Crufts 2012 Day Four: Long Awaited, Greatly Anticipated

Day 4 at Crufts—long awaited, greatly anticipated. For 2012, tongues wagged as much as tails, not just with the veteran ring-watcher’s usual “Who’s Who” and who-is-winning-what predictions, but with a nagging sense of where the show would be headed, and what the effects of the previous day’s announcements had wrought. It would be deceptive not… read more

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Elizabeth Becomes the Crufts 'Queen for a Day'

Photos by Karl Donvil The Sunday evening festivities for Crufts opened in the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, England, with the fanfare to which those in attendance have become accustomed. There was electricity in the air as spectators and exhibitors looked forward to seeing who would become the Crufts Supreme Champion for 2012. But the… read more

Dawne Deeley

Crufts 2012 Day Three: Controversy Continues through Working and Pastoral Day

Photos By Karl Donvil While Day Three at the world’s largest dog show showcased the Pastoral (Herding) and Working breeds, the topic on everyone’s lips continued to be the Kennel Club’s High Profile Breed list, and the elimination of certain specimens from Group participation. Conjecture and rumor have run riot, and it has become increasingly… read more

Dawne Deeley

Crufts 2012 Day Two: Foreign-bred Dogs Top the Gundog Final

Day Two at Crufts 2012 belongs to the Gundogs. The British love for country life is reflected in the popularity of the various setter, retriever, spaniel and pointing breeds, and the sheer numbers involved ensure the sporting crowd has the day to themselves. For those with a less-than-specific interest in the dog show, this makes… read more

Dawne Deeley

Timeline: A Brief History of the World’s Largest Dog Show

1891- The first year the show bearing the name of Charles Cruft was held. The venue was the Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington, a borough of London. 1920 – First Crufts Best in Show award, given to the Greyhound, Primley Sceptre, owned by H. Whitley. 1932 – First female owner to win Best in Show:… read more

1 Touch of Class

A World Without Roses

As regular readers of Dog Show Poop know, I pretty much confine myself to being a cheerleader for AKC dog shows. I don’t usually get embroiled in legislative issues (although I have a background in such) as I think there are others out there that do a better job than I. However, I can be… read more

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