Another year of doggy magic has been wrapped up at the NEC in Birmingham. Over 20,000 dogs took part in four days of competition, exhibiting and canine-fuelled fun! As Crufts is often referred to as ‘the world’s biggest dog show’ there was certainly a lot on offer at the event and plenty of highlights to pick from. At The Insurance Emporium, we love all things canine and can’t get enough of Crufts. We’ve picked our top five highlights from this year’s event!
1. It’s an international affair!
This year’s event saw 3,623 dogs visit the UK from around the world in order to compete at Crufts. This was an increase from the 3,469 international entrants in 2017. There were 48 overseas countries represented at the event, with entrants from Bahrain, Kazakhstan and Peru competing for the first time. These doggy jetsetters could be helping Crufts give this year’s football world cup a run for its money with their global appeal! We thought it was great to see so many talented dogs and owners come together!
2. Come on Barbet, let’s go party
This year saw a new breed of pedigree dogs making their debuts at Crufts. The Barbet has finally been approved as the 220th pedigree breed in the UK by The Kennel Club and will be able to compete at Crufts from 2019. This year saw The Barbet Club of Great Britain parade some of their Barbet-beauties on the green carpet, giving us all a peek of what is to come. The breed is a French gun dog and is related to the poodle amongst others. It’ll be fully accredited on April 1st 2018.
3. Heroic hounds!
Anyone who saw this moment might have found the hairs on the back of their neck standing up! Ten months on from the horrific scenes at the Manchester Arena bombing, Mojo the police dog and his handler PC Phil Healy were awarded the Kennel Club Humanitarian award. Mojo searched through the night for potential secondary devices in the arena, helping to protect those aiding the injured. After he’d been presented with his award, Mojo received a standing ovation from the crowd and a chorus of barks from his canine chums!
4. Tease me!
Best in Show at Crufts might just be the biggest award in the dog world! This year’s title was taken by Collooney Tartan Tease, more simply known as Tease. He’s a whippet and is owned by Yvette Short from Edinburgh. At only two-and-a-half years old he’s a relatively young dog but that didn’t stop him from storming to victory! Tease had won the Hound Group title on Friday, which allowed him to compete for Sunday’s Best in Show. Despite some disruption during the ceremony, Tease proudly took home this prestigious rosette after a great performance!
5. Hayley and Teal
Here at The Insurance Emporium we are tail-waggingly proud to be sponsoring one of the competitors at Crufts! Teal, the Shetland Sheepdog, and his owner Hayley Teller were back in action at this year’s event. They specialise in the agility competition and have competed all over Europe! Following on from their success in 2017, we are absolutely thrilled that they managed win three events at this year’s Crufts! Well done Hayley and Teal!
It was a magical weekend at Crufts 2018 and we hope that everyone had as much fun watching the canine competition as we did! Crufts might well be over for another year but the doggy adventures don’t have to stop there. If you have a pet pooch at home, it might be worth thinking about insurance to help in the event that the unthinkable happens. At The Insurance Emporium, our Dog Insurance policies include up to £8,000 for Vet’s Fees* and all new policies include a 20% Introductory Discount**. Head to The Insurance Emporium today to find out more!
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