Online and postal entries for Crufts 2019 are now open.
The show takes place from 7th-10th March 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham. The breed competitions are scheduled to take place on the following days:
Thursday, 7th March 2019 — Gundog
Friday, 8th March 2019 — Working and Pastoral
Saturday, 9th March 2019 — Terrier and Hound
Sunday, 10th March 2019 — Utility and Toy
The Crufts schedule is available online. However, exhibitors requiring a printed copy can request one by sending an A5 stamped addressed envelope to Crufts, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, London W1J 8AB. Postage costs are £1.30 for first class and £1.22 for second class, large letter rate.
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Exhibitors are asked to note that the West car park is no longer part of the NEC site, so all parking will be in either the South or East car parks in which there is ample parking. There are also changes to parking charges as follows: booked with entry, £11 per day; booked in advance via the NEC website, £12 per day; paid on the day (online or at the NEC), £16 per day.
To view an online version of the schedule or to enter your dogs (which must have qualified) in the show, please visit www.crufts.org.uk/content/dog-exhibitors/crufts-entries/.
Crufts may be the most prestigious show on the UK calendar but at £30.00 an entry and a car park charge of £16.00 on the day will exhibitors cough up for Crufts?
Early starts for many or expensive overnight accommodation add to the angst, a long walk from the car parks and ultra expensive food and drink at the NEC is likely to cause unrest again this year when a simple bottle of water is priced at over £2.00.
There is no doubt top winners in the scheduled breeds will be there , but what of the the majority? Are the possible returns a big enough draw to spending a small fortune on one day?
Early removals are again 4.00 which will produce a mass exodus at this time and the roads around the NEC will be gridlocked ...again. Surely the Kennel Club are aware that with Puppy classes at the beginning of the day this means our young stock will be subjected to many hours in the hostile environment of the NEC, isn't it time the Kennel Club actually walked the walk of dog welfare , they can certainly talk the talk.