Crufts 2018: the world's greatest dog show returns in March
Held over four days (Thursday to Sunday) in early March at Birmingham's NEC, Crufts is the world's biggest dog show. Showcasing competitions in agility, obedience and multiple other disciplines, the championship conformation show consists of multiple competitions; including the main event for Best in Show. Crowds of around 160,000 people visit Crufts each year to see an estimated 28,000 dogs take part in the event.
To date, the English Cocker Spaniel is the most successful breed at Crufts (winning Best In Show seven times) while the Gundog Group is the most successful group, having produced 23 Best In Show winners. While the main purpose of the event is the search for the best dog in the show, there are also hundreds of trade stands selling dog food, treats and merchandise as well as stalls advertising dog-related charities. Make sure you don't miss out on Britain's most famous dog show, buy Crufts tickets at StubHub today.
Crufts: remarkable success story of century old event
Named after its founder Charles Cruft, the inaugural Crufts dog show took place in 1886 with 57 classes and 600 entries. By 1891, all breeds were invited to compete, and entries swiftly moved up to 2,500. After Charles Cruft's death in 1938, the show was sold to the Kennel Club and, after the BBC began televising the show in 1950, the show set a new world record of 13,211 dogs in 1959.
Building on its consistent and sustained success, The first Obedience Championships were held in 1955, with agility added in 1980. By 1979, the show was forced to move to from the Olympia to Earls Court exhibition centre to accomodate the increasing number of entries and visitors, with the duration of the show increasing to three days in 1982 and again to four days in 1987. Since 1991, the show has been held in the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.
Crufts was formerly televised by the BBC until 2008 before moving to More4 in 2010, where it attracts a TV audience of over 4.5 million viewers. Why watch it on the small though when you can be there in person? Buy Crufts tickets now at StubHub.
Similar events for Crufts
Once you've picked up Crufts tickets at StubHub UK, why not look into some of the other famous canine events? Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has been going for well over a century, while Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show is held in San Francisco.
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