A GRAND total of 278 overseas exhibitors from 15 different countries will be showing over 300 dogs at this years Crufts show - only the second time in recent years that they have been able to qualify. This out of a total of 20,800 dogs, compared with about 100 dogs in 2001 out of a dog total of 21,554.
The Pets Passport Scheme which has enabled the free flow of microchipped, vaccinated and correctly certificated dogs to and from the continent is two years old this month and since the middle of 2000 the Kennel Club has issued some 554 Authority To Compete (ATC) numbers which enable dogs to be shown in this country once they have qualified at specific shows abroad.
Dutch exhibitors will be showing the most overseas dogs with entries from 83 exhibitors. This years World Show in Amsterdam is expected to draw a strong entry from the UK.
The 2001 show also attracted a good entry of 21 dogs from Holland. Next was Belgium with 16 and equal third were France and Germany each with 14. This year Sweden comes second with 39 whilst Belgium is third with 33. In 2001 they had 12 dogs.
The most distant entries include a Border Terrier from Canada and a Labrador Retriever from Japan!
Last year in late May at the postponed show 98 overseas dogs competed with ten of them winning CCs and one of them, the Siberian Husky, winning a group. Crufts 2002 is expected to attract a great deal of overseas interest and many visitors are expected to have taken advantage of cheap flight deals offered during last Autumn.
The individual overseas breed entries are as follows:-
Belgium 33. Parson Russell Terrier 2, Brittany, Chihuahua (longcoat), Bloodhound 2, Staffordshire Bull Terrier 2, Schnauzer 2, Retriever (Golden), Shar-pei, Old English Sheepdog 2, Bulldog, Whippet, German Shepherd Dog, Border Collie, Airedale Terrier, Irish Setter, Australian Shepherd, Spaniel, Cocker 2, Bull Terrier, Bullmastiff, Otterhound, Chow Chow, Saluki, Gordon Setter, Belgian Shepherd (Laekenois), Bearded Collie, Shetland Sheepdog, Spaniel (Sussex).
Canada 1. Border Terrier.
Denmark 17. Beagle 4, Deerhound, Basset Hound, Belgian Shepherd (Groenendael), Irish Wolfhound, Bernese Mountain Dog 2, Yorkshire Terrier, Pekingese, Retriever (Labrador), Japanese Chin, Bloodhound, Hungarian Puli, Borzoi.
Finland 7. Bichon Frisé, Spaniel (English Springer), Australian Terrier 2, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Miniature Pinscher, Old English Sheepdog.
France 27. Bull Terrier 3, Greyhound 2, Samoyed, Basenji 2, Whippet, King Charles Spaniel, Mastiff 2, Irish Setter, Saluki 2, Afghan Hound 3, Basset Hound, Irish Wolfhound, Spaniel (Cocker), Retriever (Labrador), Dalmatian, Briard, Bedlington Terrier 2, Bulldog.
Germany 19. Retriever (Golden) 2, Dachshund (Miniature Long-Haired), Poodle (Standard), Afghan Hound 2, Mastiff 2, Newfoundland, Yorkshire Terrier, Collie (smooth), Whippet, Rhodesian Ridgeback 2, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Australian Terrier, Tibetan Terrier, Skye Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.
Gibraltar 2. English Setter, Chihuahua (Smoothcoat).
Italy 13. Dalmatian, Shetland Sheepdog, Bullmastiff, Whippet 2, Pug, Maltese, Old English Sheepdog, Shih Tzu 2, Fox Terrier (Wire), Bolognese, Samoyed. Japan 1. Retriever (Labrador).
Luxembourg 2. Skye Terrier, Collie (Rough).
Netherlands 83. Retriever (Golden) 2, Weimaraner 2, Retriever (Labrador) 4, Bulldog 3, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Dobermann, Dalmatian, Pug 2, Spaniel (American Cocker), Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Border Terrier 2, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Briard, Estrela Mountain Dog 2, Spaniel (Clumber), Italian Spinone 2, Cairn Terrier 2, Border Collie 2, Airedale Terrier 5, Norfolk Terrier, Welsh Terrier, Swedish Vallhund 2, Bull Terrier, Italian Greyhound, Basset Griffon, Vendeen (Grand), Alaskan Malamute 3, Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit), Borzoi, Basenji, Boston Terrier, Neapolitan Mastiff, Retriever (Flat Coated) 2, Retriever (Chesapeake Bay), Miniature Schnauzer, Greyhound, Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Saluki, Spaniel (Welsh Springer), Spaniel (Field), Chow Chow, Bouvier des Flandres 2, Old English Sheepdog, Spaniel (Cocker), Australian Shepherd 2, Papillon, Cesky Terrier 2, Rottweiler, Spaniel (English Springer), Collie (Smooth) Leonberger, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Portuguese Water Dog, Retriever (Curly Coated) 2, German Shorthaired Pointer, Dachshund (Wire-haired), Boxer, Spaniel (Irish Water), West Highland White Terrier.
Norway 9. Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Whippet, Poodle (Standard), Pomeranian, Boston Terrier, Griffon Bruxellois, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bichon Frisé, Shetland Sheepdog.
Portugal 3. Hungarian Vizsla, Portuguese Water Dog, Dachshund (Long-Haired).
Spain 17. Poodle (Miniature), Bull Terrier (Miniature), Lhasa Apso, Retriever, (Golden) 2, Spaniel (Cocker) 2, West Highland White Terrier, Bearded Collie, Bull Terrier, Fox Terrier (Smooth), Beagle, Pug, Scottish Terrier, Miniature Schnauzer, Bullmastiff, Spaniel (English Springer).
Sweden 39. Belgian Shepherd (Groenendael) 2, Bull Terrier (Miniature), Hovawart, Briard 2, Shih Tzu 2, Pharaoh Hound 2, Spaniel (English Springer), Chinese Crested, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Spaniel (Clumber) 2, Kerry Blue Terrier, Basset Hound 2, Bichon Frisé, Border Terrier 2, Affenpinscher, Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Saluki, Basenji, Old English Sheepdog, Dalmatian, Bull Terrier 2, Irish Setter, Miniature Pinscher, Leonberger, Cairn Terrier, Pug, Bearded Collie, Shar-pei, Spaniel (Cocker), Hungarian Vizsla, Papillon, Spaniel (Irish Water).
Switzerland 5. Schipperke, Old English Sheepdog, King Charles Spaniel, Saluki, Bull Terrier.