[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Crufts is the world’s leading dog show, and it’s celebrating its 125th anniversary this year! Crufts is ultimately a 4 day event in the NEC Birmingham based upon the celebration of all dogs, from working dogs to rescue dogs to dancing dogs, Crufts has it all! It’s a must for all dog owners and dog lovers alike , you are given unique opportunities to talk to Kennel Club assured Breeders, trainers, agility masterminds and rescue charities. As well as hundreds of trade stands selling fantastic dog related goodies from dog handling collars to pet insurance to expert dog trainers.
Crufts is split into four categories, those are the Arena, Obedience, Good Citizen Dog Scheme Ring and Young Kennel Club, here is a breakdown of what breeds will be competing on which days.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Day 1 – Thursday 10th March – Toy & Utility
Thursday is the opening day of Crufts and with that brings the day of Toy and Utility dogs, small doses of a cute overload.
The Toy breeds are small dogs, built for companionship and lazy days on the sofa. Looking back at in time Toy Dog Breeds were kept as a symbols of affluence, as watchdogs or for attracting fleas away from their owners. Toy dogs are known for their friendly personalities and love for attention, they do not need much exercise and can be choosey when it comes to dinner. Some of the well known toy dogs include, Pugs and Yorkshire Terriers others such as the Miniature Pinscher also belong to the toy dog breeds.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1456325967662-b2423da7-8cc8-3″ include=”10087,10088,10089″][vc_column_text]The utility dog breed includes various dogs that to the untrained eye do not look particularly linked but the group consists of dogs mainly on non sporting origin, including Dalmatians, Shih Tzu and Chow Chow. An example of a non sporting origin would be the purpose of Dalmatians to run alongside horse drawn carriages, the reason many of these dogs were bred have now past, some of the breeds listed in this group are the oldest documented in the world.[/vc_column_text][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1456326489816-2d789c5e-10e6-9″ include=”10091,10092,10093″][vc_column_text]Day 2 – Friday 11th March – Gundog Day
The gundog breed were originally trained to find and retrieve game that had been shot or wounded. The gun dog dogs are split into four categories those are – Retrievers, Spaniels, Hunt/Point/Retrieve and Pointers/Setters although most of the breeds are more than capable of multi use when hunting.Gun dogs make great companions and have a calm temperament making them the perfect family dog. Dogs included in this breed group are Labradors, Spaniels, and Weimaraner [/vc_column_text][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1456327041985-5678a866-c3a2-2″ include=”10094,10095,10096″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Day 3 – Saturday 12th March – Working Breeds and Pastoral Breeds
In previous eras working dogs were selectively bred to serve as guards and rescue dogs. You may recognise some of these breeds as heros, aiding people in many ways. They are usually medium to larger size dogs and may work with livestock, property defence and within the service world. Most dogs today are kept as pets and do not serve a particular working role, the modern working dog breeds are fast learners, intelligent, and make solid companions. Due to their size they need to be trained fully and exercised a lot, fine examples are the Boxer, St Bernard and Newfoundlands.[/vc_column_text][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1456327533779-9f2062a2-a231-10″ include=”10098,10099,10101″][vc_column_text]The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and the Komondor who have been herding animals for years,.[/vc_column_text][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1456327998927-b8199094-fbd9-5″ include=”10103,10105,10106″][vc_column_text]Day 4 – Sunday 13th March – Terrier and Hound breeds
Terriers were selectively breed to be fearless, small and quick , in order to chase and hunt foxes, badgers, rats and more. Most terrier breeds were developed in Great Britain and Ireland for burrow like uses. They are now breed mainly as pets and have are very active. Dogs include, Airedale, Beagle and Jack Russell’s.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1456328846393-36e730ce-e7a3-2″ include=”10107,10108,10110″][vc_column_text]The hound Breeds originally used for hunting either by scent or by sight. The scent hounds include the Portuguese Podengo and Bloodhound and the sight hounds such breeds as the Whippet and Greyhound. Many of them enjoy a significant amount of exercise and can be described as dignified, aloof but trustworthy companions.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]