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The Kennel Club is excited to announce that Crufts will be taking place on the 9 – 12 March 2023 at the NEC, Birmingham.

Crufts looks forward to hosting the many amazing competitions that makes the show the canine celebration that it is, such as The Kennel Club Hero Dog award and of course the ultimate Best in Show, but it is also excited to welcome back, for the first time since 2020, the Junior Warrant final on Thursday and the International Junior Handling competition which we are proud to announce will be renamed The Joe Cartledge Memorial International Junior Handling competition and will take place on Friday. The following competitions will be scheduled in the Resorts World Arena with a full programme being released very soon.


Agility – Championships (Intermediate/Large), Crufts Novice Cup Final

Breeders Competition


Agility – Crufts Medium ABC and Intermediate/Large Novice ABC Final, Crufts Singles competition

Vulnerable Breed Competition


Agility – Crufts International Invitation, Young Kennel Club Agility Dog of the Year


Agility – Championships (Small/Medium)

With other firm favourites in the programme including Heelwork to Music, Flyball, Scruffts and of course a full programme in the Obedience ring including the Championships, there will also be a new feature to the show for 2023, The Kennel Club 150th Anniversary Celebration Stakes. This will be a one off competition in order to mark The Kennel Club’s 150th anniversary and will take place on Thursday 9 March and see the Best in Show winners from the All Breed Championship Dog shows that took place in 2022 invited to take part.

Said Vanessa McAlpine, Education and Events Executive, “We are very excited to be bringing Crufts back in its entirety this year, something we haven’t been able to do since pre covid. With many of the popular events back on the programme and the new one off competition celebrating The Kennel Club’s 150th anniversary, we look forward to it being one of the best shows yet, celebrating our dog heroes and what they have meant to us over the last few years.”

New also for this year the Bavarian Mountain Hound will have their own class, and as has taken place over the last few years special permission has been given to Crufts for the award of Reserve Best in Show to be given out immediately prior to the award of Best in Show.

This year the breed competitions are scheduled to take place on the following days:

Thursday, 9 March 2023 — Gundog

Friday, 10 March 2023 — Working and Pastoral

Saturday, 11 March 2023 — Terrier and Hound

Sunday, 12 March 2023 — Utility and Toy

Crufts schedules and entries will be open online from the 14 November with admission tickets going on sale on the same day. Entry fees and admission tickets prices will remain unchanged from the 2022 show.

To view an online version of the schedule or to enter your dogs (which must have qualified) in the show, please visit after 14 November.

Melanie Thomas, Chairperson

Melanie Thomas, Chairperson

I live in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex with 2 Bolognese and I show one of my dogs.