Crufts, for those that haven’t heard of it, is “The World’s Greatest Dog Show”. It’s held in the UK every year, and the first year of Crufts was 127 years ago in 1928.
This year, March 2018 I attended two out of the four days of Crufts. I didn’t go there to show my dog or anything I just went to experience it and see all the doggos. I went with my auntie and my nan for the first day and then just me and my auntie went for the second day. I know that there is a lot of bad things that can be said about dog shows, but just talking solely about my experience, I saw a lot of love.
I loved Crufts. As a dog lover I mainly loved just seeing and touching so many dogs. I saw dogs being shown and that was great. I got to stand there and go “ooh” and “ah look at that one!” but one of my favourite parts was walking through where the contestant dogs were just chilling and taking pictures and touching them. I got to cuddle a lovely Rottweiler who had won one of his competitions and he was lovely! I also met a lot of other dogs and owners all of which were great and friendly. What I would say is, if there are any Crufts officials reading, I personally think they should hire people to walk through where the dogs are waiting to be shown and keep them company. I saw a lot of dogs on their own, and although I understand as an owner, you’ve got to leave them to buy food, go to the toilet etc. But if there are officials just keeping them company for a few minutes each if they’re not asleep, I think it could help make the day more enjoyable for the dogs.
My other favourite part was walking through the “Discover Dogs” section. Basically, every breed of dog had its own stall-type area with some dogs of that breed inside with some humans who knew a lot about the breed. You were able to walk from stall to stall asking questions, learning and touching all these dogs, most of which I’d never seen before. It was an awesome learning experience and it made me love dogs even more (if that’s even possible!) as they were meeting so many strangers and they were all so friendly and well behaved! Another thing I would say is to make the area for the dogs bigger so they have more space to walk around as they are there being looked at and stroked for so long. Given the size of some of the dogs, to make it better for them, they need a bigger space.
Here’s a couple of pictures just to document my Crufts 2018 experience.
Unfortunately, these pictures don’t do these dogs justice! Especially the colour of their eyes, some had the most beautiful blue eyes but you can’t see them very well in the pictures! These things happen but I hope you enjoy them nonetheless.
I hope you enjoyed reading and my pictures!