Everything you need to know about Crufts 2018

With not long until the world’s most famous dog show is back, this article covers all you need to know about Crufts 2018. The event takes place over four fun-filled days in Birmingham’s NEC arena and is expected to attract in excess of 100,000 dog-lovers and over 20,000 canine entrants.

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History of Crufts

The very first Crufts took place in 1891, and it was originally hosted in London. The show moved to Birmingham in 1991 – the year of its centenary – and has remained there ever since. The show was founded by Charles Cruft, a travelling salesman who had previously promoted the Paris Exhibition canine section and managed the Allied Terrier Club Show in London. He eventually decided to launch his own canine event, and the first Crufts attracted an impressive 2,437 entrants. Today, however, around 22,000 dogs take part, and the event attracts 140,000 spectators. A further 2.5 million dog-lovers watch on television in the UK alone, and the show attracts international attention.

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When is Crufts 2018?

Crufts will start on 8th March and will run each day until the 11th March, when the Best In Show award will be presented. The highlights of each day’s scheduling are as follows:

8th March: Working and pastoral breeds
9th March: Terrier and hound breeds
10th March: Toy and utility breeds
11th March: Gundog breeds and Best In Show

There will also be an obedience ring taking place each day from 8:15 am.

Visiting Crufts

Tickets are priced between £18 and £26, and it’s free for children under the age of eight. The Crufts website has extensive information about getting to Birmingham and the NEC arena specifically. If you require accommodation in Birmingham, you might be wondering are there any luxury serviced apartments in Birmingham suitable? Choosing serviced apartments in Birmingham gives you the best of both worlds – the comfort of hotel accommodation, with the freedom of a rental.

In addition to comfortable and reasonably priced accommodation, you will find many pubs, bars and restaurants in Birmingham for pre or post-Crufts refreshments. There are also great transport links with the Midlands region and the rest of the country beyond. If you are unable to make it to Crufts to watch the show in person, highlights of each day will be broadcast on television, with some segments shown live.