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Crufts 2022 qualifications updated for imported register breeds

London: The Kennel Club decided to cancel Crufts 2021, which was due to take place from 15 – 18 July. According to a statement this was owing to ongoing uncertainty due to the Covid-19 pandemic and in consideration for the health and safety of all its volunteers, judges, exhibitors, sponsors, trade stand holders, visitors and staff.

In another statement it said, as a result of feedback received from exhibitors, the Crufts Committee has amended the Crufts qualification criteria for the 2022 show in relation to Imported Register Breed classes, The Kennel Club has announced.

In addition to the Crufts qualifications announced earlier this year for such breeds, exhibitors are asked to note that group places (both adult and puppy) won at premier open shows held on the group system now count as qualification, as do Best in Show, Reserve Best in Show and Best Puppy in Show awards won at general and group open shows.

In making these updates, the Crufts Committee acknowledges that the Hungarian Pumi breed, which will have separate classification for the first time at Crufts 2022, will be able to qualify via both the Imported Register Breed route, through awards won at Crufts 2020, as well as via the separate classification route, through awards won in 2021 and early 2022.

Tom Mather, Crufts Chairman, said: “Further to releasing the Crufts qualifications in May, we have been listening to feedback, and hope the additions to the set qualifications will help ensure with not as many shows taking place, that people and their dogs still have a fair opportunity to qualify for Crufts 2022.”

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