Crufts: A 2014 Write-up
The world’s largest annual dog show came to a close on Sunday 9th of March 2014 with plenty of doggy delights taking place over the four day event in Birmingham.
From stalls selling food, essentials, and treats, to the prestigious Best In Show award and Discover Dogs area, there was so much on offer.
For those who weren’t lucky enough to attend, or for those who want to look back on such a memorable occasion, here are some of this year’s best bits and highlights.
Best In Show
A two year old poodle named Ricky took the crown for Best In Show and achieved this coveted title by beating stiff competition from 22,000 rivals.
Over the four-day show, Crufts welcomed 194 breeds from 45 countries around the world and the ceremony on Sunday saw the final group of dogs take centre stage.
Amongst a battle between a wire fox terrier, Irish wolfhound, pomeranian, American cocker spaniel, and a samoyed; ) secured victory to take the famous Crufts trophy.
Take a look at the perfectly groomed poodle by clicking on the link above or by watching the .
Within the five large halls at Birmingham’s NEC arena there was one area dedicated solely to discovering dogs. It’s here that you can view over 200 registered pedigree breeds and learn all about your favourite types of four-legged friend.
This section in Crufts is great for speaking to existing owners to find out if a certain breed is right for you before you commit to buying.
Talking to people on the day, you’re able to gain an understanding of each dog’s characteristics, training and grooming requirements and also ask any questions you may have regarding each breed.
There’s also the opportunity to look at some of the rarer breeds on show and chances are you’ll discover a few dogs that you never knew even existed.
Here’s just a few of the different playful, colourful, small and large breeds that we spotted at this year’s event.
Agility In The Main Arena
Jumping over hurdles, running through tunnels, weaving round poles, and climbing A-frames and seesaws, the main arena also played host to the 2014 Agility contest.
The finals were divided into small, medium and large categories, depending on the size of the dog taking part.
If you ever get a chance to see these dogs live in action then it’s well worth it. The timing, precision and training involved is incredibly impressive as each dog takes commands from their owner to complete the course in the quickest time possible.
Take a look at some of the action for yourself by watching the championship round winners in the and via the Crufts YouTube channel.
As dogs have extremely powerful senses, they’re also used by the police force as working animals in the fight against crime.
The police were in attendance at this year’s event showcasing some of the dogs from their team who help detect drugs and blood, as well as locate sufficient evidence for pending cases.
Among the dogs on display was this tiny German shepherd puppy who will be trained to become part of the police team - once it gets a little bit older of course!
It’s amazing how the strengths of these animals can be used when they work together with humans. As well as helping the police, there were also plenty of other working guide dogs on show who are equally as pinnacle in assisting blind people and making their day-to-day lives easier.
Finally, with so many dog owners in the building, there were a vast range of stalls for new and loyal owners to spend time browsing.
Besides some of the shows sponsors, there were also treats, equipment, supplies, food, and souvenirs available to purchase.
No doubt many owners returned with goodies for their beloved pets after an exciting and eventful show at this year’s Crufts.
All in all it was an action packed event which will certainly be replicated next time round in 2015.
For a full list of winners and runners up in the agility, breeders, flyball, heelwork to music, obedience and other categories, visit the . See you next year.
All photos taken by GJW Titmuss.