The info graphic is descriptive of the world’s greatest dog show – Crufts. Deemed as the world’s largest dog show, Crufts has a long history of 120 years behind it. Here we trace the show’s journey from the first till the latest.
Charles Crufts was the founding father of this show and held his first show in 1886 with just over 570 entries. It wasn't until 1891 that Cruft included his name in the dog show and called it “Cruft’s Greatest Dog Show”. In 1928 the prestigious ‘Best in the Show’ category was added to the awards.
The first dog to win this title was a greyhound named Primley Sceptre. After the death of Charles Cruft in the year 1938, his wife Emma Cruft took over and sold the show to The Kennel Club, UK.
Another great milestone in the history of Crufts was the first TV telecast of the Crufts Show. This happened in the year 1950 when BBC telecasted the first ever Crufts Show. The year 1961 saw entries crossing the 15,000 mark.
In the year 1974 the show is rebranded as Crufts. The venue of Crufts was shifted to the Earl’s Court due to increasing number of participants. ‘Agility’ as a category was introduced in the competition in the year 1980.
The new millennium heralded new categories of awards to the show such as Friends for Life – Hero Dogs. In the last few years, keeping with the times, Crufts has acquired a website of its own, a Facebook account and has been doing live streaming of the show on YouTube.
The 2013 Crufts was held in March (7- 10) at NEC, Birmingham that had 25,000 entries competing in 7 groups. With the number of overseas entries increasing, Crufts is only becoming more popular with time.