Crufts 2023: Start date, categories, tickets, past winners and how to watch | The Sun

THE show that celebrates man's best friend is back and fluffier than ever.

Crufts 2023 is for dog lovers around the world and there is still time to get tickets and enjoy the show.

When is Crufts 2023?

Crufts 2023 runs from Thursday, March 19, to Sunday, March 12.

You can watch live judging and highlights from the main arena on Channel 4 and More 4.

As well as showing the perfect pets jump hurdles and chase balls, the TV coverage of Crufts will be educational.

Viewers will learn about dog breeding and ownership, with an emphasis on health and welfare.

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What is the schedule for Crufts 2023?

Crufts is split into different categories over the four day competition.

The FULL schedule for the 2023 dog show is:

Thursday – Gundog

  • 8.15am Agility – Crufts Novice Cup Final (Jumping)
  • 9.25am Agility – Championships – Intermediate/Large (Jumping)
  • 10.30am East Anglian Staffordshire Bull Terrier Display Team
  • 11:00am Freestyle HTM Competition
  • 12:20pm Break
  • 12:55pm Agility – Crufts Novice Cup Final (Agility)
  • 1:50pm Agility – Championships – Intermediate/Large (Agility)
  • 3.10pm Flyball Competition – Last 16
  • 3:50pm Freestyle Heelwork to Music Competition Winner
  • 3.55pm West Midlands Police Display
  • 4.20pm Break
  • 5pm Agility – Championships – Intermediate/Large Final
  • 5pm Junior Warrant Competition Final
  • 6pm Breeders Competition Final
  • 6.25pm Gundog Display
  • 6.45pm Gamekeepers Competition Final
  • 7pm The Kennel Club 150th anniversary celebration stakes (presentation of painting to 2022 BIS winner)
  • 7.20pm Group Judging (Gundog) and Presentation
  • 8.10pm Programme ends

Friday – Working and Pastoral

  • 08.30am – 10.00am Joe Cartledge Memorial International Junior Handling Competition
  • 10.20am – 11.05am Agility – Crufts Medium ABC and Intermediate/Large Novice ABC Final (Jumping)
  • 11.00am – 11.55am Agility – Crufts Singles Heat – S/M/I/L (Jumping)
  • 11.55am Heelwork to Music Competition
  • 1.10pm Break
  • 1.30pm Agility – Crufts Singles Heat – S/M/I/L (Agility)
  • 2.25pm Agility – Crufts Medium ABC and Intermediate/Large Novice ABC Final (Agility)
  • 3.15pm Flyball Competition – Last 16 4pm Heelwork to Music Competition Winner
  • 4.05pm West Midlands Police Dog Display 4.30pm Programme Ends
  • 5.10pm Agility – Crufts Singles Final. Small, Medium, Intermediate and Large (Agility)
  • 5.55pm Vulnerable Breed Competition Final
  • 6.20pm Joe Cartledge Memorial International Junior Handling Final Judging
  • 6.40pm Group Judging (Working) and Presentation
  • 7.35pm Group Judging (Pastoral) and Presentation
  • 8.25pm Programme ends

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Saturday – Terrier and Hound

  • 8.15am Crufts – International Invitation – Large (Jumping)
  • 9am Scruffts Semi Finals 10am Good Citizen Dog Scheme
  • 10.30am Medical Detection Dogs Display 11am Southern Golden Retriever Display Team
  • 11.20am West Midlands Police Display
  • 11.50am Heelwork to Music – Freestyle International Competition
  • 1.15pm Break
  • 1.40pm Display tbc
  • 2.10pm Agility – International Invitation – Large (Agility)
  • 3.10pm YKC ADOY Finals
  • 3.55pm Flyball Competition Young Kennel Club Flyball Finals, followed by the Quarter Finals
  • 4.35pm Break
  • 5.05pm Agility – International Invitation – Large – Agility Finals
  • 5.45pm Scruffts Final
  • 6.10pm Heelwork to Music – Freestyle International Winner
  • 6.15pm Obedience Champion (Bitch) and Reserve (Bitch) Display
  • 6.30pm Group Judging (Terrier) and Presentation
  • 7.20pm Group Judging (Hound) and Presentation
  • 8.10pm Programme Ends

Sunday – Utility and Toy

  • 8.45am Agility – Championships – Small/Medium (Jumping)
  • 9.50am Rescue Dog Agility
  • 10.10am Good Citizen Dog Scheme Display 10.40am Heelwork to Music
  • 10.45am Dog Activities Display
  • 11.15am Southern Golden Retriever Display Team
  • 11.35am Break
  • 12pm Agility Championships – Small/Medium (Agility)
  • 1.05pm Medical Detection Dogs Display
  • 1.50pm Programme ends and Arena to be cleared
  • 3pm Doors open to ticket holders
  • 4.15pm Augusta Hebbert, soprano
  • 4.30pm (45) Agility – Championship – S/M – Final
  • 5.15pm Flyball Semi-Finals followed by the Finals
  • 5.40pm Kennel Club Hero Dog Final
  • 5.50pm YKC Stakes Final and Presentation
  • 6pm Group Judging (Utility) and Presentation
  • 6.50pm Group Judging (Toy) and Presentation
  • 7.50pm Augusta Hebbert, soprano 8pm West Midlands Police
  • 8.20pm Presentation of the Police Dog Team Operational and Humanitarian Action of the Year Award
  • 8.20pm Augusta Hebbert, soprano
  • 8.30pm Best in Show and Presentation
  • 9pm Programme Ends

Can I buy tickets to Crufts 2023?

The Kennel Club competition is broadcast from the Birmingham NEC but you can go and explore the event in person too.

Tickets are available on the Crufts website and vary in price from £12 to £165.

A ticket to Sunday's famous Best in Show competition could set you back £55.

There are a variety of stands and lots of demonstrations as well as agility trials and other competitions.

Who are the previous winners of Crufts?

Since Crufts started back in 1928 there have been 78 Best in Show winners, with 43 different breeds taking home the trophy.

The award is given to the dog that is chosen as the overall winner of the show.

It is the most prestigious award that a dog can earn.

The winners of each category go head-to-head to be crowned Best In Show.

In the 2022 show, the Gun Dog category produced the overall winner as flat-coated retriever Baxer emerged the victor.

What prize do you get for winning Crufts?

Best in Show winners receive a cash prize of £100.

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They also get to take home a replica of the solid silver Crufts Keddall Memorial Trophy.

Winners also often get more money in sponsorship deals and stud fees, with previous puppies from former winners fetching into the thousands.

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