The Oscars of the canine world are back.
This year’s Crufts will take place at Birmingham’s NEC from March 9 to 12 as competitors hope to steal the title from reigning champion Devon, a West Highland terrier, who was awarded best in show last year.
But when is the best time to go to see specific types of dogs? Are there different days for each breed? And how did Crufts start?
Here’s all you need to know.
Crufts spans four days and is often a long competition for entrants. It starts at around 8.30am each day, with judging beginning at 9am. It usually continues until 8pm or 9pm in the evening.
Best In Show judging, arguably the most popular event, will start at around 4.45pm on Sunday, March 12, which will be the last day of Crufts 2017. It is expected to run until around 8.30pm.
Thursday, March 9
Crufts Main Arena will be open from 8.45am to around 8.20pm.
Please note breed judging starts from 9am and times for each breed’s judging are subject to change.
Some of the key events include the Inter Regional Rally Competition and Crufts 2017 – Terrier & Hound.
The Obedience Ring will be open from 9am to 4.30pm – Seven teams representing the UK regions – Scotland, Northern Ireland, North, Midlands, Wales, South East and East Anglia, South and South West. All six levels of competition, Levels 1 to 6, are on show.
The aim of the day is to demonstrate a variety and range of breeds and competition levels in Rally.
Good Citizen Scheme Ring will be open from 9.30am until 5pm – and this will feature displays from The Puppy Foundation, Guide Dogs For The Blind and also West Midlands Police.
Young Kennel Club ring will be open from 8.30am until 5pm.
Friday, March 10
Crufts Main Arena will be open from 8.45am until 8pm.
Some of the key events include Crufts 2017 – Utility & Toy breeds and the Inter Regional Obedience Competition.
Inter Regional Obedience Competition: Running since 1982 this popular competition features seven teams from different regions of the UK, competing at all levels of Obedience from Beginners to Class C.
Seating in three of the four stands is free so you can take a seat and watch for as long as you want.
Judging starts at 9am.
The Good Citizen Ring will be open from 9am until 5.45pm.
The Young Kennel Club ring will be open from 8am until 4pm.
Saturday, March 11
The Main Arena will be open from 8.30am until 8.25pm.
Some of the key events include Crufts 2017 – Gundog and the Obedience Championships – Dogs.
The Good Citizen ring will be open from 9am until 5.45pm.
The Young Kennel Club ring will be open from 8.10am until 4pm.
Sunday, March 12
The Main Arena will be split into two different sections Day and Evening.
The day event will see the Main Arena open from 9.30am until 2pm.
The evening event (ticket holders only) will run from 3.30pm until 8.30pm, with the first event being staged at 4.45pm.
This is a busy day and features a number of key events.
These include Crufts 2017 – Working & Pastoral, Obedience Championships – Bitches, Crufts Best in Show 2017 and Crufts Best In Show & Exhibition bundle 2017.
The Good Citizen ring will be open from 9am until 5.35pm.
The Young Kennel Club ring will be open from 8.30am with the Stakes Semi Final for working pastoral taking place at 4pm. The Stakes Final will then take place in the Main Arena at 6pm.
How do I get tickets?
Crufts ticket prices start at £18 and will be available on the door each day.
Children under the age of 12 can visit the dog show for free.
Advance tickets are now on sale and are available here.
When will Crufts be on TV and how can I watch?
Crufts is streamed live on YouTube on the official Crufts channel while the competition is ongoing.
It will also be broadcast on Channel 4 and More4.
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