The Crufts Schedule - 2015
The annual dog competition has been running since 1886 and lasts for four days every March. This year nearly 28,000 dogs will be at their best for the judges.
Don’t forget to take a peek at the dog agility and fly ball, its definitely worth a watch. It also gives you some training inspiration! Well it does for me anyway… easier said than done.
It truly is great to see how dogs really do love the company of humans and the love they have for what they do. The bond with a dog and trust in each other is something special.
Dogs really are man’s best friend. Period.
Thursday 5th March
Lords of the field
Yellow, Chocolate, Black or Red, take your pick but the sunny, intelligent and hard working Labrador is Britain’s favorite family dog. The Labrador retriever was bred to be both a friendly companion and a useful working dog. Historically, he earned his keep as a fisherman’s helper: hauling nets, fetching ropes, and retrieving fish from the chilly North Atlantic. Today’s Labrador retriever is as good-natured and hard working as his ancestors, and he’s Britain’s most popular breed. These days the Lab works as a retriever for hunters, assistance dog to the handicapped and search and rescue dog, among other canine jobs. Their sweet nature makes them an easy pet to own. Considering a Labrador retriever as a pet is a great option for you and your family. You won’t be sorry!
Thursday 5th March
The Springer Spaniel
The English springer spaniel breed was developed as a gun dog to flush, or spring, game in the field, but he’s also a popular companion. Athletic and versatile, he’s been known to participate in agility.
German Shorthaired Pointer
One of the most versatile sporting breeds around, the stylish and regal German Shorthaired Pointer is a superb hunting dog who also excels as a family companion. He hunts feathered and furred game and will even trail deer. In the evening, he plays with the children or curls up next to you on the sofa.
The German Wirehaired Pointer was developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to be a versatile hunting dog, a job at which he still excels today. He can hunt any game on any terrain and point and retrieve from land or water. Hunters worldwide appreciate his excellent nose and stamina, and he’s also a great companion for active families who can provide an outlet for his high energy level.
Working & Pastoral
Friday 6th March
The Saint Bernard was developed in medieval Switzerland as a cart hauler & companion pet for the monks of the Bernardine Hospice. The Saint Bernard is a kind breed, benevolent with children, but its bulk makes it unsuitable for most urban living.
Rottweilers were originally dogs bred to drive cattle to market. Later they were used to pull carts for butchers. They were among the earliest police dogs and serve with honor in the military. Most important, they are popular family guardians and friends.
Welsh Corgie (Pembroke)
Known as the Fairy Dog of Wales, this energetic herding dog is both playful and intelligent. Originally bred to herd cattle, sheep, and horses, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is an active and intelligent dog breed. Easy to train and eager to learn, Pembrokes are great with children and other pets, and you can find them in four different coat colors and markings.
Terrier & Hound
Saturday 7h March
Beagles are active companions for kids and adults alike. Canines in this dog breed are merry and fun loving, but being hounds, they can also be stubborn and require patient, creative training techniques; Their noses guide them through life, and they’re never happier than when following an interesting scent.
The Parson Jack Russell
This breed has a larger-than-life personality and energy to spare. he Jack Russell Terrier, also known as the Parson Russell Terrier, is a lively, independent, and clever little dog. He’s charming and affectionate, but he’s also a handful to train and manage.
The Basset Hound
This aristocratic French hound is an easy keeper with a charming personality, The Basset dog breed was bred for hunting small game such as rabbits and is still used for this purpose in some parts of the country. When he’s not on the trail of a bunny, he’s a laid-back family friend who loves children.
Toy & Utility
Sunday 8th March
His unique appearance and mischievous nature make the Frenchie a well-loved breed. The French Bulldog has enjoyed a long history as a companion dog. Created in England to be a miniature Bulldog, he accompanied English lacemakers to France, where he acquired his Frenchie moniker. Besides being a companion, he once served as an excellent ratter, but today his job focuses on being a fabulous family friend and show dog
Charms include his small size, outsize personality, and variety in coat types and colors. He’s all dog, fully capable of competing in dog sports such as agility and obedience. He loves nothing more than being with his people and requires a minimum of grooming and exercise.
The Italian Greyhound
Was a favorite companion of noblewomen in the Middle Ages, especially in Italy. But this small hound was more than a lap dog, having the speed, endurance, and determination to hunt small game. These days, he’s a family dog whose beauty and athleticism is admired in the show ring and in obedience, agility, and rally competitions.