Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Ten fascinating facts about Crufts!

Crufts starts tomorrow, and we will be there! I can't wait for the treats that I hope will be abundant, but Hooman also hopes to take some amazing photos. For anyone that may be there And looking out for us, this is how I will be dressed! Hooman had the set made especially for Crufts, and I have been groomed to the nth degree over the last few days! I smell yucky, but Hooman says I smell beautiful....

So, on the eve of Crufts, we thought we would share some interesting things we have found out about the biggest dog show in the world......

  • Mr Cruft - Charles Alfred, was born in 1852. He worked as a travelling dog-biscuit salesman before he had the idea of staging a dog show to promote his wares
  • Crufts exhibitors in the 1890s and 1900s had special dog carriages designed by Charles Cruft,Meath with their own dog water trough, when travelling by the London & North Western railway.
  • Crufts dog shows have always enjoyed royal patronage. Queen Victoria's collie, Darnley II, and two of her pomeranians won prizes at the 1891 show, and every british monarch since has been involved in some way.
  • The first ever Best In Show winner in 1928 was a greyhound called Primley Sceptre
  • Dog entries topped 15,000 for the first time in 1961 and kept rising - there were 21,564 canine competitors in 2014! Overseas competitors are ever growing - in 2014, there were 2,655 dogs entered from 45 countries outside the UK
  • The Cocker Spaniel has won the most Best in Show titles, with seven wins, followed by the Irish Setter and Welsh Terrier which have both won on four occasions.
  • Crufts now takes up over 25 acres of space
  • The first ever Best In Show winner in 1928 was a greyhound called Primley Sceptre
  • Agility was first demonstrated in 1978, with the first competition in 1980
  • Crufts first hit the small screen In 1950, firstly by the BBC, and now by Channel 4
We are super excited about going tomorrow and Sunday (it is Hooman's first visit) and we really hope if you see us, you come over to say hello! We will be doing photos throughout the day to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, and then sharing the highlights on the blog here - we hope you enjoy our updates!


  1. You look gorgeous, Lottie! Have a blast at Crufts!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  2. Crusts is a very special event. Have a blast
    Lily & Edward

  3. Yes have a great time and have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly