Crufts, the world's greatest dog show, is BACK for 2022! How many of the items on our fun bingo card can you mark off?
What is Crufts?
Crufts is, of course, the world’s biggest and most famous dog show. Named after its founder Charles Cruft (who worked for Spratt’s, a dog biscuit manufacturer), it has a long and illustrious history; the first Crufts was held in 1891 and more than 2000 dogs were entered.
Crufts has been an annual event ever since but with a number of interruptions – the First World War, the Second World War, an electricians’ strike in 1954 and most recently Covid.
The show takes place over 4 days and normally attracts more than 28,000 dogs (plus more than 160,000 human visitors) despite not being open entry – the dogs have to qualify for entry, which is most commonly done by winning prizes at other Kennel Club affiliated events. Dogs compete in breed classes, agility and obedience and the breed winners compete for the coveted Best In Show.
Crufts 2022 takes place from 10th – 13th March 2022 at the NEC Birmingham, where it has been since 1991 after outgrowing the previous venue. This year more than 16,000 dogs are participating so not as many as in recent years, but it should still be quite a spectacle!
How To Watch Crufts
The very best way to watch Crufts is to attend in person – there’s arena seating for up to 6000 spectators. As well as your entry ticket, you’ll need an extra ticket to watch the Best In Show programme.
If you aren’t planning to make the journey to Birmingham, there’s plenty of live TV coverage across all 4 days courtesy of Channel 4 and More4, including a live broadcast of the Best In Show programme from 7pm on the final day.
Crufts are also active across social media channels and have recently added TikTok as well as the usual Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Watch out for those TikToks of the Heelwork To Music finals as well as the inevitable bloopers!
Our Crufts bingo card is just for fun, but if you actually want to play with your friends or family as you watch, add more items to the list and/or reduce the grid size to 3×3 then hit Generate Bingo cards to create a set of printable, playable cards.