Birmingham’s NEC to host Crufts 2022 after Covid-19 cancellation


Birmingham is set to welcome back premier dog show Crufts – following a year’s absence.

Organised and hosted by The Kennel Club, the canine extravaganza remains the largest show of its kind in the world.

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This year’s event, being held 10 – 13March, will showcase the best of all 222 recognised breeds.

The 2021 NEC event was called off due to COVID-19 measures.

Laura Quickfall, The Kennel Club press officer said: “Three breeds will be making history at Crufts 2022.

“The Hungarian Pumi will have its own classes for the first time the Smooth Faced Pyrenean Sheepdog will make their debut at the show and the historic Harrier will be making its first appearance in the Crufts breed ring since 1898.”

The competition judges the canines on many different aspects such as their agility, flyball, heel work to music, obedience and rally.

Another category dogs are judged on is ‘obreedience’.

Obreedience is a team event that showcases the obedience skills of each breed team through a series of fun exercises.

Quickfall, on behalf of The Kennel Club, added: “The health and welfare of dogs competing at Crufts is of paramount importance.”

Crufts has remained Birmingham-based since 1991.

Birmingham dog owner Thomas Burden said: “By having dog as part of the family, the show provides a great stage to promote dog welfare, show off their skills and showcasing how different breeds are good for different roles.”

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