More than 20,000 dogs from some 200 breeds have descended upon the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England, for the 2022 Crufts Dog Show. The show runs March 10 – 13, promising a long weekend of canine fun and showmanship. And with last year’s Crufts canceled due to COVID-19, this year’s competitors are ready to strut their stuff!
Show dogs will compete for Group titles from among seven categories: Toys, Gundogs, Utility, Hounds, Working, Pastoral, and Terriers. And from those seven winners, one dog will win the coveted Best in Show prize! Attendees and viewers will also watch hard-working pups competing in agility, flyball, obedience, and heelwork to music categories.
Mixed breed dogs will also have their chance at show glory during the Scruffts competition, and dog fanciers will also learn which hero dog will take home The Kennel Club Hero Dog Award this year. Enjoy these photos of the arrivals and learn some fun facts about the Crufts Dog Show!
The Show Dogs Arrive
Check out the canine competitors arriving and ready for the weekend!
Did you know the first Crufts Dog Show occurred in 1891? Dogs and their parents still flock to compete more than one hundred years later!
The Crufts show takes up more than 25 acres of the NEC in Birmingham! That’s a lot of space for dogs!
The first Best in Show winner at Crufts was a Greyhound.
These beautiful competitors have to keep their hair show ready!
There will be over 5,000 dog lovers volunteering at Crufts 2022.
A sleek pack ready for the weekend!
Even the tiniest toy pups are excited about the fun.
After last year’s cancellation, dog mums and their pups are so happy to be at Crufts!
With 458 entries in the breed, the Golden Retriever will be the most predominant breed at this year’s show.
Fun Fact: The oldest dog to win Best in Show was a Flat-Coated Retriever named Jet in 2011. He was just three months shy of ten years old.
A chihuahua ready for an interview!
The youngest dog to win Best in Show was Chuckles, a Bulldog who was one year and four months old in 1952.
Arriving in leopard-printed style!
These Corgis are ready for a howling good time!
Look at these beautiful Sheepdogs taking care to keep their paws clean with cute booties!
Donnie is getting ready.
Lining up for the start!
More than 130 Great Danes are signed up for competition.
Let the games begin!
Are you ready for Crufts fun? Find out how to watch the Crufts Dog Show here!
Feature Image: Facebook/Claa Sulka