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Crufts - Celebrating its
Centenary Show!


On the 6th – 9th March 2003 the Kennel Club will be staging the ‘Greatest Dog Show in the World’ – Crufts, at the NEC Birmingham.

Crufts 2003 will welcome over 22,000 dogs and 120,000 visitors from all over the world, and this year’s show will officially mark the 100th ever Crufts! To celebrate, the best dogs on the planet will compete for the prestigious title, ‘Best In Show’. They will be accompanied by other top pedigree and crossbreed dogs striving to gain prestigious awards in disciplines such as Obedience, Agility and Flyball.

It is the Kennel Club’s intention to demonstrate, through Crufts, just how amazing and versatile man’s best friend is, having evolved with us since first being domesticated over 12,000 years ago. The relationship between dog and man has gone from strength to strength and today our canine friends do so much for us – far more than our ancestors could have ever possibly imagined when they first domesticated the dog for the purposes of hunting, guarding and companionship.

The primary reasons why the dog was first domesticated by man are represented in the seven different groups - Gundog, Working, Pastoral, Terrier, Hound, Toy and Utility - and each breed has just as important a role as the next, whether they are a hunter, herder or lapdog. These diverse functions can be seen throughout the show. In addition many other tasks dogs are able to carry out, due to their superior senses, will be highlighted throughout the different demonstrations taking place each day.

Crufts is not solely about competitions, as Heelwork to Music and the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme demonstrations are just some of the other displays taking place - exploding the myth that Crufts is just a ‘beauty contest’! Visitors will also be able to experience the hugely popular Discover Dogs area which accommodates over 180 different breeds of pedigree dog. At Crufts 2003 visitors will be able to learn all about the new breed for this year, the Finnish Lapphund, so come along and discover dogs!

Said Vanessa McAlpine, Events and Education Executive; "Whilst Crufts was founded in 1891, the Crufts 2003 show will mark the 100th anniversary following past cancellations due to war and an electricians’ strike. Crufts now has a long established pedigree but when you think of the length of service the dog has already given to man, Crufts is still very much in its infancy!"

Why not come along and experience for yourself the diversity and splendour of all that is involved in the canine world? For further information please telephone 020 7518 1012 or log on to www.crufts.org.uk.