After yet another exciting, entertaining and fun installment of Crufts, we’ve picked out some of the things this year’s show has taught us…
- Crufts is a master-class in entertainment
Take the best walk down a doggy-friendly high street and times it by a thousand. Throw in some agility activities, canine-specific sports, such as Flyball (check it out, seriously) more breeds than you can shake a stick at and a dash of innovation, and there you have it. An abundance of entertainment, in four-legged form.
From the experienced dog-handler to those ones of a newer disposition, filtering down to those more newly inquisitive ones who can’t wait to start their own barking mad family, there is something to suit all in the ‘Discover Dogs’ section. There is seriously no better way to view adult versions of near enough every type of dog breed in existence today and soak in as much pooch paraphernalia as is possible.
It’s doggy loving heaven.
- Dogs with flat faces were an animal welfare talking point
It’s no surprise that dogs of the smaller breed varieties have been getting more popular year on year. Whether it be due to social media plugging or iconic celebrities with adoring fans, breeders have continuously been crossing closely related breeds in order to and to in order to give the owners what they want, so to speak and maintain the desirable flat faced features.
Unfortunately, what’s popular for the people isn’t always what’s best for the dog itself as this type of breeding can cause huge genetic issues.
So what does Crufts have to do with this? Well, animal welfare campaigner; Jemima Harrison has been pretty forthcoming in her claims that some of the dogs on display at this years show had such distorted faces, that they were in possession of some serious health problems, including the struggle to breathe.
Unfortunately, her claims went by without backing as Bill Lambert. The Kennel Club’s health and breeder services manager, who acts a regulator for the industry, said that the pictures could not confirm suggested issues and all dogs must go before a vet before they get shown as best in breed. It will no doubt remain a strong talking point in future events to come.
- Crufts is about as bonkers as it gets
Crufts is that special event that gets even the most unassuming of pet-lover squirming in their regular seat. From the outwardly proud and besotted four-legged fans, to those who may not show it in their daily lives, Crufts has the power to take your excitement level from drab to fab and chucks in a dash of madness just for safekeeping.
Watching Crufts opens your human eyes and transports you from a world of straight-forward pet loving to one that resembles a strict sort of faith, complete with fur and four legs.
From the Jack Russell who went crazy during his agility round, to a Staffordshire bull terrier skateboarding his way through a photo-call for the launch of the main event.
From grooming of the most critical level, to ‘more than you’d ever think you see in a lifetime’ images of owners giving their pooches the most passionate of kisses, this is an arena where anything goes.
If you think you’ve seen it all, check out Crufts 2018 and then see where you stand.
- You can go one accessory too far
If you were lucky enough to attend the event itself, you’ll know not to talk about one accessory in particular – the hair bow.
Rows erupted and dog groomers were left in disbelief after one judge exclaimed she would absolutely not be judging any Shih tzus wearing bows or ‘adornments’, stipulating instead that she would only consider topknots held in place by plain elastic bands.
The judge in question faced a strong backlash from some owners, insisting this wasn’t fair. But the rule was in accordance with The Kennel Club’s newly introduced guidelines, which had been taken on due to the generalisation that fixing a bow has usually meant there is something to hide.
Maybe Coco Chanel was onto something… always take off the last thing you put on. Especially if it’s a bow.
- Dog handlers are getting younger…
This year, Crufts welcome its youngest ever dog handler, by way of 4-year old Jessica Allen from Stafford.
Competitive young Jessica, seemingly beaming from ear to ear, stole the spotlight and the spectators hearts, when she walked round her slightly more senior 5-year old competitor and friend; Australian terrier Annie, winning the category.
Her dog-handler mum was the proudest of the bunch, proclaiming ‘It bought a tear to my eye.’
- Dog Onesies are a thing
Step aside onesies made for two legs, 2017 is the year of the dogsie?
Human onesies might have been lingering around for quite some time but if the four day spectacle that is Crufts is anything to go by, there’s a new style icon in town and it’s the pooch with the tiger print onesie, dahling.
Not everyone followed ahem, suit, as the more traditional of owners opted for the standard coat jacket, but as always, there will be those with a more fashion-forward mentality and they were out for all to see, pushing that winning envelope.
- Crufts really tugged on viewers heartstrings
One of the most touching moments of this years event was all down to a competition called ‘Friends for Life’ and starred the heart-warming duo; Caddie and Joel. Whilst they didn’t go on to win the competition, they were one of four finalists, and deservedly so.
Caddie is an autism assistance dog in Labrador form and helps 7-year old Joel out in a whole host of happy ways. Reassuring and a constant pal, Caddie has changed Joels life for the better and shone a light on the complex world of autism.
As Joel puts it “This world we live in I find hard, I find everything hard, but Caddie keeps me calm and keeps me safe.”
Proving that dogs can make people’s lives better in an abundance of ways.