The Kennel Club is reminding owners of vulnerable British and Irish dog breeds that entry to their dedicated Crufts competition closes at the end of the year.
The competition was created in 2015 to raise awareness of vulnerable native breeds, and highlight the work of those dedicated to their survival. Last year's top scoring winners from each vulnerable breed were invited to attend the first grand final, held at Crufts 2016. The final at Crufts 2017 will be held on Friday 10th March at the NEC in Birmingham.
The competition, sponsored by Eukanuba, is open to dogs of all vulnerable breeds competing at open and championship shows, and dogs of breeds on the Kennel Club’s vulnerable breeds list are able to collect points for awards at these shows. Points can be claimed for Best of Breed or Best Any Variety Not Separately Classified (AVNSC) and also for group placings at championship shows.
Exhibitors should record their Best of Breed/Group wins on the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition claim form/book for points gained from January to December 2016, and then submit this to the Kennel Club for verification.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said, "The Kennel Club has been delighted with the response to the competition so far and is pleased that we are able to give these vulnerable breeds the recognition that they deserve.
"Now that the deadline is approaching, we would remind owners of these breeds that they need to fill out a claim form if they wish to have the opportunity to compete on the famous green carpet. Crufts is a wonderful showcase for pedigree dogs and the perfect chance to show the world just how special the rare British and Irish native breeds really are."
To take part, download a Kennel Club British and Irish Breeds Competition claim form from the Kennel Club website. The completed form must be submitted to the Breed Shows Team at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5th January 2017.