Crufts 2000
NEC Birmingham, England

About Crufts

Crufts is a four day championship dog show, held each March at the NEC (National Exhibition Centre). It is the world's largest and prestigious dog show with entries of over 21,000 top pedigree dogs. Dogs must qualify in order to enter this show. They must have won a stated prize in a designated class at one of the other general chamionship or group or breed championship shows held in the previous year. Other dogs eligible are: dogs who have won at Crufts the previous year, dogs who have won a a five-point or higher Green Star at the Irish Kennel Club shows. All qualifications for Crufts are published in the dog press each year.

At Cruft's 2000, there was an entry of over 23,000 dogs. It is the largest exhibition centers in the world - with approximately 60 acres under roof. The Crufts show ultized only a fraction of this space.

This year we attended the Crufts 2000 show with Dalmatian breeder-judge, Mr. Forrest Johnson. Mr. Johnson has retired from showing/breeding Dalmatians and concentrates on Papillions these days. After Crufts, we went over to Ireland for the Irish Kennel Clubs St. Patrick's Day show in Dublin, Ireland.



In the UK and Ireland, the Dalmatian is in the Utility Group as compared to the US Non-sporting Group. Many of the dogs, not just Dals are shown mainly on a Martingale or thick rope leads. Most dogs in the USA are shown on same leather or nylon leads. Many of the larger breeds are not shown on Martingale leads.

Dogs qualify for admittance to Crufts by winning placements during the year at Championship shows.

Ribbon/Placement Colors

Pedigree  Logo
(c) 2000 Deer

The rosette in the Pedigree logo is red in the UK, compared to blue in the USA. This is because the first placement at dog shows is red in the UK and blue in the USA.

 United Kingdom  USA
 First - Red  First - Blue
 Second - Blue  Second - Red
 Third - Yellow  Third - Yellow
Reserve -  Green  Fourth - White
 VHC (Very Highly Commended) -

On-line results

Group & BIS Results
Breed Results
Obedience Results
Agility Finals
Flyball Results
KCJO Competition Results
Gamekeeper's Team Results

Crufts 2000
Thursday, March 9th - Sunday, March12th

Frankish Mercedes English Dalmatian
(c) 2000 Deer

This bitch has a striking resemblence to our Dominick

(c) 2000 Deer

Sitting Dalmatian
(c) 2000 Deer

A Dalmatian sitting at his benching area.


Discover Dogs
The Discover dogs is an area of booths with all the breeds and information on each breed, contacts, etc. The booth's are separated by groups, so all the breeds in a particular group are situated next to each other. Some of the booths are very elaborately decorated. It was fun to see the rare breeds and very educational.

Some breeds not commonly seen or relatively new in the USA:


Basset Bleu De Gascogne
Basset Fauve De Bretagne
Basset Griffon Vendeen (Grand)
Bavarian Mountain Hound
Grand Bleu De Gascogne

Norwegian Lundehund

Segugio Italiano


Estrela Mountain Dog
Finnish Lapphund
Lancashire Heeler

Maremma Sheepdog
Norwegian Buhund
Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Pyrenean Mountain Dog
Pyrenean Sheepdog
Swedish Lapphund
Swedish Vallhund


Bracco Italiano
German Longhaired Pointer
Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla
Irish Red and White Setter
Italian Spinone
Large Munsterlander
Nova Scotia Duck Trolling Retriever

Spanish Water Dog


Glen of Imaal Terrier


Coton De Tulear


German Spitz (Klein)

German Spitz (Mittel)
Japanese Spitz

Overseas Visitors

Their are several overseas visitors lounges. They are a great place to grab a cup off coffee and take a load off of your feet.


Bus in EngalndTravel tips

Cars are much smaller over in the UK than the states. If traveling with a large group or alot of luggage be sure to reserve a large vehicle in advance. If you are from the states, remember you will be sitting on the opposite side of the car. You will also be good driving on the opposite side of the road. A few other differences: there are very few stoplights. Instead there are things called roundabouts (which is essentially a circle where all the roads meet).

In some areas, such as Ireland, you may need to reserve a vehicle with an automatic transmission well in advance. Otherwise you will be driving a manual (stick shift). It can be tricky getting used to driving a stick on the opposite side of the road, from the opposite side of the car.

Crufts 2001

Thursday, March 8th - Sunday, March 11th

Thursday, March 8th - Terrier & Hound
Friday, March 9th - Toy & Utility
Saturday, March 10th - Gundog
Sunday, March 11th - Working & Pastoral