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Crufts opens up to younger pups

FOLLOWING THE General Committee meeting last week the Kennel Club has announced that changes to the classification have been agreed for Crufts Show 2004. Puppies will now be allowed to exhibit at Crufts at eight months of age on the first day of the show instead of having to be nine months of age on the first day of the show.

The upper age limit for dogs exhibited in the Special Veteran Class has been removed.
Previously veterans aged 12 or more could not enter this class but a ‘loophole’ allowed them to enter in the unrestricted Open class.

At Crufts 2004 there will be an introduction of Good Citizen Dog Scheme Classes. There will be a Good Citizen Dog Scheme Class for both dogs and bitches in every breed. Those eligible will be those dogs that have achieved their Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze Award Certificate or above.

To enter this class at Crufts dogs must be eligible to enter the show in accordance with the qualifications previously published. Exhibitors, says a Kennel Club press release issued last week, should also note that this is a breed class and the beaten dog regulation applies.