Dog lovers can look forward to a record-breaking 15 hours of television coverage when Crufts returns to Channel 4 and More4 this week to celebrate the world’s largest dog show.

Charles Cruft

Crufts was conceived in Victorian times by the late Charles Cruft. Although very different in 1891, Charles Cruft was a showman and would have enjoyed the way the pooch-praising phenomena has evolved over time. It is now an essential date in any dog lover’s calendar; a time to celebrate the unique relationship that dogs share with their owners.

With Clare Balding at the helm once more this year, Channel 4 and More4 will broadcast all the action from the show, leading up to the grand finale on Sunday 8th March, when Best in Show will be crowned.

The schedule of programmes is as follows:

Thursday 5th March

1500-1600 – Channel 4

1830-2000 – More4

2000-2100 – Channel 4

Friday 6th March

1500-1600 – Channel 4

1830-1930 – More4

1930-2100 – Channel 4

Saturday 7th March

1630-1830 – Channel 4

1900-2100 – Channel 4

Sunday 8th March

1630-1830 – Channel 4

1900-2100 – Channel 4

Clare will host daily highlights of the world’s most famous dog event live from the NEC and will be joined by a team of reporters and canine experts who will be covering the show.

Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager, said: “We are delighted that Channel 4 and More4 will be offering viewers at home the opportunity to enjoy this year’s Crufts. The event holds such a special place in dog lovers’ hearts because it celebrates everything that we love most about dogs, and the programmes will reflect on the benefits dogs bring to our lives and the many fascinating aspects of Crufts.”

She adds: “The TV coverage will not only bring exciting sports such as agility and flyball into people’s homes, but will enable people to see the diverse range of wonderful dog breeds, including some of the more unusual breeds that are not often seen in the streets and parks across the country, through the dog show aspect of Crufts. It will also cover topics about choosing, caring for and enjoying life with dogs, as well as different issues affecting dog owners in the UK.”

Pet’s Corner

Pet’s Corner is an ethical pet care retail store chain, with a branch at Peterborough One Retail Park. Its main area of business is selling specialist natural pet foods, accessories and treatments predominantly for dogs and cats, but also for small animals, reptiles, birds, wildlife, and tropical and cold-water fish.

The store in PE1 is filled with pooch-friendly products to ensure your four-legged friends are happy, well fed and looked after. They also love to meet their customers, especially the furry ones! So be sure to pop in-store next time you’re at PE1 and browse their selection of doggy paraphernalia! Why not chat about Crufts while you’re at it?!

To find out more about Crufts, visit: crufts.org.uk

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