This compares favourably with this year’s slightly bigger fall in UK entries amounting to 2.2% (389 dogs). As ever, the presence of these 3,611 dogs and the Eukanuba World Challenge gives the event a truly international flavour and the overseas entry at Crufts now makes up 17.5% of the overall show entry.
This is a far cry from the early days when you could count the number of overseas dog on one hand (or maybe two, just!) Dogs from 44 countries abroad will take part in the show, including the top overseas country entry – Italy with 413 dogs followed by France at 389 proving that Crufts is still a big draw for overseas exhibitors. We show below the top ten country entries this year with the comparable entry figures for these nations last year:
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OUR DOGS COMMENT
Despite the return of the Eukanuba World Challenge to Crufts 2019 the entries from outside the UK this year are very slightly down. This is the first time since the end of the UK quarantine arrangements that Crufts has not seen a significant increase in dogs coming from overseas. In fairness the Eukanuba event has only 37 dogs so cannot be expected to bring in many extra entries.
As can be seen from the table above, the biggest fall is in the entry from France which is down 73 dogs (19%) on last year. This may reflect the current situation in France where show entries are somewhat down and where the political situation generally is not as settled as it normally is.
The biggest increases come from Sweden up 31 dogs (12%) the Czech Republic up 27 (21%) and Slovakia up 21 (95%).
The overseas entry may have been affected marginally by undue fears caused by talk of a disorderly Brexit, though in fact, nothing is likely to change by the time Crufts comes around. The OUR DOGS have been asked many times about this situation when they have taken stands at overseas shows and of course, it is impossible to know what is likely to happen right now. The influx of overseas exhibitors and visitors is also an added bonus to the trade stands that need good sales to meet the ever-increasing cost of attending the show and hopefully make a profit!
It is to be hoped that whatever comes of the Brexit process in the longer term it will not affect those international aspects of dog showing and breeding that the UK has come to enjoy. The ability to achieve added cross border movement since the end of UK quarantine has helped some breeds immensely and has given UK breeders access to somewhat wider gene pools that had previously been unavailable to them. This must be for the good of pedigree dogs generally.
OUR DOGS with its truly worldwide international reach looks forward to welcoming to the show the 2,355 overseas exhibitors due to bring their 3,611 dogs to Crufts and hopes to see as many UK and overseas visitors as possible calling in at its stands in Halls 2 and 1 during the course of the show.