Crufts 2016 – Round up

I really enjoyed Crufts 2016! Sadly, again, there has been controversy revealed during it. But with such a large event, it’s often to be expected and I’ll leave sorting those things in the Kennel Club’s hopefully capable hands.

I’ve finally had time to sort through the last photos to share with you before I hand the blog back over to the boys.

I can’t help turning things I do into a bit of a treasure hunt and here’s a great one that I found.

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Big Ludo!

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Crufts 2016 – Pastoral

Saturday 2016 was pastoral day. The pastoral group contains many of my favourite breeds, including Shetland Sheepdogs.

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I often have people remark that you don’t see many shelties around. They should go to Crufts as compared to some breeds shelties get a lot of entries.

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Crufts 2016 – Gundog day

Friday was gundog day at Crufts 2016.

It seems to me that gundogs can often be spotted by a few key features. They are energetic and keen to work and to please. They have happy faces.

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Ranger the Flat Coated Retriever

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They are able to turn their hand to lots of tasks, whether they are large retrievers, smaller dogs for flushing game or pointers for, well, pointing. They often have waggy tails and floppy ears.

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Gun dogs are well known to have very high energy levels and they almost never sit still.

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A ‘slumber’ spaniel

Of course our dear old Penny was a working type springy spaniel so we well know the joy of this particular group of dogs but they really do give off a real air of joy.

Gun dogs are the largest grouping of breeds at Crufts, getting a whole day to their selves. They have won Best in Show a lot. I’m sure that’s partly due to their long history of being such an essential partnership with man. Whether it was in the more traditional, varied hunting roles or more modern tasks such as drug detection dogs, working with rescue teams or as assistance dogs, gun dogs really are a remarkable and versatile group.

Although they contain some of the most popular breeds, they also contain some more unusual breeds as well as vulnerable native British breeds who are now in decline. So if you’re considering your next dog, I think a gun dog would be a very good choice!

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Red and White Setters showing

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Tito, the Spanish water dog – a really unusual coat on an awesome breed

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An English Springer Spaniel getting a treat

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Very friendly setters wanting to say ‘hi’ to each other

A very lovely Gordon Setter called James won the group today. Best of luck to them in Best in Show on Sunday where they’ll be joining Eric the Pekingese from toy group and Jen, a German Spitz Klein from the Utility group.

Crufts 2016 – nerves?

Humum Dee here,
Reporting from Crufts! It’s gundog day today, land of floppy ears and whippy tails and i’m having a very nice time meeting lots of dogs and owners and soaking up the atmosphere of Crufts 2016.

My press pass gives me great seats in the arena and i’ve been watching quite a lot of agility.
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I can’t help feeling nervous for the competitors as I watched them walk the course and plan their routes. You get 5 mins or so to learn the course before waiting your turn to run it with your dog.
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Most of the dogs seem to take the fact that they have a much bigger crowd and tv cameras and a commentator in their stride. They are so focused on the fun thing they are doing, but what about the handler? How do they cope with the nerves of being in such a big venue, all eyes on you? I noticed some handlers who got a big cheer or the commentator was just saying how well they were doing got e’d, is that the pressure of the stage? It gives me a new respect for all the competitors! Or maybe i’m just particularly nervous. I still get butterflies on my way to little shows we do and standing inline awaiting our turn (although that does partly come from wondering if Arran is going to stay in the ring at the moment).

Even if you aren’t competing it’s still a momentous occassion. Lots of people are involved in demos and other events. The dogs often seem very chilled out.
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Luckily, Cruft’s slogan ‘where dogs come first’, certainly seems to come into play and everyone is focused on keeping their dogs happy and getting the best from them which i’m sure helps with the nerves. I love the little booths the dogs get to chill out in.

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Handlers sitting with their dogs before going in the show ring

It must be a great feeling to do well in such a close partnership with your dog to be able to get them to such a top level like competing at Crufts.

And who knows, maybe they’ll win their group and get to be interviewed live on TV tonight! *gulp*
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Maybe it’s a good thing we’re just beach dogs?
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Dreaming of Crufts

Crufts 125 year anniversary celebration is just one day away!
We are really excited! Our Mum, Dee  is going to the NEC on Friday and Saturday and she’ll be blogging from there about Crufts, for us.

If you’re going too don’t forget you can share your experiences on social media using #Crufts125, us modern day dogs has to be very media savvy now, doesn’t we?

Where would you head first?
Shopping? We’ve given Mum strict instructions that she must come home with some treats that we has never tried before. Mum says don’t forget to take a pencil and paper or a smart phone so you can make a note of which stalls are where. You can visit the Crufts online market place to see which stalls will you like the sound of before you go too.
Discover Dogs? To meet some breeds you don’t know much about?
The Arena is chocked full of exciting events and finals like flyball, agility and Obedience displays – but the obedience has it’s own ring so don’t forget to check that out too! There’s so much to do you really need to go for more than one day!

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Picture shows Flyball Team Quarter Finals (Thursday 05.03.15), the first day of Crufts 2015, at the NEC Birmingham.

Of course, if you’re rooting for a particular dog or breed to win Best in Show you’ll need to know which day they are on… Shelties are in the Pastoral. There’s a lot to do to win. First you have to qualify, then you have to win your class, then your breed, then your whole group just to get through to the final judging! Those show dogs sure have a lot of stamina!

If you can’t get to Crufts this year, you can still catch all the action. It will be on the Where’s-the-remote-box in the UK at

On More4

  • Thursday 10th March: 18:30-21:00
  • Friday 11th March: 18:30-19:30

On Channel 4

  • Friday 11th March: 19:30-21:00
  • Saturday 12th March: 19:00-21:00
  • Sunday 13th March: 19:00-21:00

Or you can watch Live Streaming from the arena all day long by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8qOSScEFVM

As for me? Well, Mum did think about taking me with her and Crufts very kindly gave me a ticket, but since we live so far away Mum thought it best I stayed at home with Grandpawents because I would only be complaining and wondering why I didn’t get to has a go doing all the fun things the competing dogs be doing. (and Arran be too nervy to be in such a busy place)

So I will stay at home and dream of joining in with the agility, or maybe dancing with Richard Curtis in the Freestyle competition.

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Ah, Bliss!

I casnot wait to see all my new treats that Mum brings home.

~Lickies, Ludo!

Pee ess: You can see more of Mum’s first time visitor tips for visiting Crufts in this post.

Win Tickets to the 125th year of Crufts

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2016 marks the 125th year of Crufts and we are helping the UK Kennel Club to celebrate the anniversary of its annual ‘celebration of dogs’.

It is on between the 10 – 13 March 2016 at The NEC, Birmingham

125 years is a lot of years, that’s around 875 years in dog years and lots of generations! It’s a very momentous occasion and I bet when it first started, before either World War happened, that Mr. Cruft didn’t imagine quite how big it would grow!

There have been 78 Best in Show winners … and not one of them has been a sheltie! Not one! Cocker spaniels have won 7 times! Pretty greedy of those gun dogs, isn’t it? You can see all the past winners here.

Of course, it isn’t just Best in Show that counts anymore. We like Crufts because it is like the Glastonbury festival of the Dog World. Where else can you go to see so many dogs, doing so many things, all under one roof?

For any dog and their person competing, whether they are trying to win Best in Show, or taking part in a dog sport like agility, being at Crufts gives a great sense of pride. You can see a video about the history of Crufts below.

Going to Crufts is a whole lot of fun for doggy people, so if you’d like to go and soak up the atmosphere we have two pairs of day tickets to give away.

All you have to do is comment on this post! Because we have overseas readers, who probably wouldn’t be able to make it, please comment ‘I want to go to Crufts because…’ so we can tell if you are wanting the tickets and don’t forget to fill in a valid email address so we can contact you if you win. We will pick a winner from a hat on the 18th February.

2016 ticket prices are

Thursday / Friday = Adults £16.20  Saturday / Sunday = Adults £18.36 Under 12’s go Free!

Watching Best in Show requires an extra ticket.

 

You can find more information on pricing and buy tickets at the Crufts website 

 

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Those Supermodel dogs sure do get a big trophy, Mum! I wonder if my pal Bertie be related to this winner from 1962?

 
We’ll be posting more about Crufts over the next month and our human will be visiting and blogging from there again too!

Good Luck!