What is Crufts?
Crufts is one of the largest (and best) dog events in the world. Organised by The Kennel Club, the event celebrates dogs of all shapes, breeds and sizes.
Originally founded by Charles Cruft in 1891, the event as grown exponentially since. Crufts looks very different to how it did back then. In 1938, Cruft passed away, and Emma Cruft (His wife) began to organise the event. Ten years later in 1948, she handed the baton to The Kennel Club. Despite all of these changes; the core meaning of the event is still and always has been to celebrate dogs of all kinds.
The Kennel Club is an organisation that promotes healthy, well-loved, well-bred dogs and the all-round wellbeing of every dog.
There are lots of events to get involved in at Crufts; from Agility to Flyball and Obedience trials. Crufts also has an event for Working Dogs and Heelwork to music; all of these events aim to celebrate dogs and their achievements alongside their best friends.
There is a rescue dog category; categories for young people from age 6 – 24 as well. As well as all these events, there is a chance to talk to verified Kennel Club breeders; and dog rescue charities and training experts. If you’re looking for a souvenir from your time at Crufts, there are traders there selling their wares. Whether you’re looking for specific dog-themed gifts or products for your dog, Crufts will probably have it.
The last couple of years has brought a lot of uncertainty’ into our lives and world; and with that, event cancellations. Crufts didn’t run in 2021, this meant that this years event and contestants had to be spectacular, and they didn’t disappoint!
On day 1 of Crufts 2022, there were some fantastic winners. A Siberian Husky, registered as “Siberiadrift Keep The Love For Zimavolk JW ShCM” for the Working Dog category.
For the Pastoral dog category, the winner was a Border Collie by the name of “Etched in the Sand by the Lake”
Day 2 saw the Terrier and Hound category presented and judged. Victorious were the Irish Terrier “Turith Adonis” and the Greyhound, “Ina’s Fashion Desirable.”
Day 3 was Utility and Toy dogs presentation day, which saw some of the sweetest dogs in the competition. They can’t all win. In first place for the Utility category, a Toy Poodle named “Afterglow Agent Orange”. (His friends call him “Waffle”). The Toy category winner was “Conan” who has the fanciest registered name, which is “Royal Precious JP F4 Conan”.
On Day 4; the winner is announced. An adorable flat coated retriever known as “Baxer” won! His registered name is “Almanza Backseat Driver”. He also won the category of Gundog on the 4th day – winning over the judges twice in one day! Well done, Baxer!
You may have noticed that these dogs have some pretty whacky names. This is because purebred competing dogs have a registered name, and a call name. The registered name is the long, fancy one, usually with an ode to the owner or breeder; the dogs lineage or other information. The call name is the name you call them every day.
Our Doggy Products
In honour of Crufts 2022 and all dogs everywhere, we thought we’d show off some of our dog-friendliest brandable products.
Our Branded Plastic Dog Frisbee is made from PE plastic is strong and durable and is bound to stand the test of time against your furry friends gnashers. Available in a range of colours, it can be branded with your logo or design in up to 4 colours via screen print.
Our Branded Dog bandanas are made of polyester, a durable and easy to wash material. Branded via dye sublimination in a repeat pattern, your dog is likely to be the most stylish dog in the park.
We also stock a reflective, adjustable bandana. Keep your best friend safe with the fluorescent yellow and reflective strip bandana. This one is branded via screen print in on the front of the bandana.
Our Branded Dog Waste Bag Dispensers are ideal to have attached to your bag or belt loop when out on a walk. Don’t get caught short without a waste bag for your dog, carry this with you and you’ll be sure to have what you need. They are branded with your logo via pad print in 1 – 2 colours; available in the base colours of red, blue or white.
We have more doggy themed (and other pets) products, check out the Veterinary Promotional Merchandise section on our website!
And we want to give a quick shout-out to the lovely French Bulldog, Ralph. A model employee, Ralph pictured at the very top of this blog. He didn’t compete in Crufts, but he’s always a winner in our books.