Dog lovers, rejoice! Crufts is back for 2022, after last year’s cancellation due to COVID-19. Organized by the Kennel Club, the International Dog Show runs from March 10-13 in Birmingham, UK, and will feature 20,000 dogs hoping to be awarded the prestigious title of Best in Show.
What is Crufts?
Crufts is the largest annual dog show in the world and was established in 1891 by traveling dog biscuit salesman Charles Cruft. The event was an immediate success attracting 2,437 attendees, including six Pomeranians belonging to Queen Victoria, the reigning monarch. Since then, Crufts has only grown in popularity.
The Best in Show category was added in 1928, with a sighthound named Primeley Scepter winning the first title. The category was created to celebrate the best of the best and is considered the most prestigious award in dog shows.
This year, competitors from over 40 different countries participated in Crufts, each aiming to showcase their dog’s agility, temperament and appearance. To qualify for competition, each dog would have had to have had success at a recognized dog show the previous year.
Over 200 breeds will participate in the event. The most successful breed historically is the English Cocker Spaniel, which has been awarded the Best In Show award seven times. Interesting breeds to look out for include the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Welsh Corgi, and Lancashire Heeler. The old French breed, the, will also make its debut this year, competing in classes on the Imported Breed Registry.
How to watch Crufts 2022
Crufts 2022 will be broadcast by UK Channel 4, but international viewers can watch all the action from the main arena and the obedience ring on the official Cruft YouTube page, available on all mobile and connected devices . Coverage begins at 3:45 a.m. ET on Thursday, March 10, but impatient viewers can set an encore so they don’t miss any of the action. Best in Show, the highlight of the event, will be judged on Sunday, March 13.
- Day 1 includes Agility, Tailgating to Music, Flyball Quarter-Finals, West Midlands Junior Police Show Team and Working and Pastoral Group Judging.
- Day 2 includes Agility, Heel Work to Music, Flyball and Terrier and Hound Group Judging.
- Day 3 includes the Southern Golden Retriever Show Team, Flyball Semi-Finals, International Agility Competition, and Utility and Toy Group Judging.
- Day 4 includes Agility Championship, Flyball and finally, Best In Show
See the full program here.
The Kennel Club will also host podcasts featuring interviews with competitors, contest winners and more. Viewers can also follow the event on Cruft’s various social networks, including TikTok and Twitter.