The world’s largest dog event is making its return to Birmingham’s NEC from March 10 and 13 – and we’ve taken a look back at the funniest fails in recent history
After spending an entire year training their dog up for Crufts, it is an owner’s worst nightmare for their pet to refuse to perform on the big day.
However, it happens every year like clockwork.
For those watching the world’s largest dog show at home, these ‘mess ups’ can make for great television, as stubborn dogs take a back seat at the competition much to the dismay of their owners.
To celebrate Crufts’ return, we have collated the funniest fails in recent history.
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Gentle giant Kratu stole everyone’s hearts in the Rescue Dog Agility round in 2018.
The Romanian rescue dog started off well enough, flinging himself at a hurdle, but he was easily distracted.
Kratu flew through the tunnel, but decided to take a well-earned rest inside before he bounded off again in all directions.
His spectacular performance went viral and he returned by popular demand in 21019.
When competing in the 2016 Team Agility Final, Zola decided to take a little detour.
The cocker spaniel dived into the crowd no less than three times, sniffing and searching out an elusive scent.
The commentator said: “Somebody must have dropped some crumbs.
“I hope it’s something not illegal.”
His handler eventually managed to get him back on track to complete the course.
The Jack Russell was so excited to get going on the course, he slid into the first hurdle and fell over in 2017.
But like any great champion, Olly dusted himself off and got straight back up again.
Making a strong comeback, he zoomed around the course, jumping off the hurdles and flying through the tunnel.
But about halfway through though, he got a little lost and had a sniff of the corner of the ring instead.
Lucas the Saluki was only interested in one thing in 2014 – sprinting to his heart’s content.
Having the time of his life, he ignored most of the hurdles and had no time for the tunnel.
Instead, he bounced around happily, just like a dog should.
His owner watched on as all their training went down the pan – but who could stay mad as such an adorable dog?
The little papillon gets top marks for loyalty to her owner as she didn’t want to leave her side in 2018.
After multiple attempts to get Tinklebury to have a go at the course, all she wanted to do was play with her owner.
Her owner even tried to pick her up and position her right in front of a hurdle but Tinklebury was having none of it.
With a helping hand though, they eventually managed to get her over one hurdle.
This crossbreed’s hopes of glory went down the pan when she just couldn’t hold it in on the agility course in 2012.
Libby was doing well at first but with only the slalom poles left to tackle, she was disqualified.
Despite making the wrong kind of impression on the judges, a commentator quipped: “A dog’s got to do what a dog’s got to do. What a shame.”
“Oh dear, disqualified. What was the reason for the disqualification? Pooing on the course, now that’s not very nice is it?”
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