The world's most famous dog show returns to television screens with more than 16 hours of coverage on Channel 4 and More4.
Despite being disgustingly cruel to inbreed dogs, which in turn causes all manner of health issues, Channel 4 deems it a money maker to provide wall to wall coverage.
This year, Clare Balding will be joined by Sophie Morgan and Radzi Chinyanganya, two hosts who made their Crufts debuts in 2022. Dr. Paul Manktelow, a veterinarian, and renowned dog trainer Ashleigh Butler are both coming back and competing in the programme. Chloé Fuller, a pet nutritionist and advocate for assistance dogs who has taught her dog Ted more than 100 commands to aid her around the home, and Chirag Patel, a dog behaviourist, will also be featured in the coverage, along with two additional special guests.
This year's Crufts will run from the 9th to the 12th of March and viewers will be able to follow the event across Channel 4 platforms, including on demand on All 4. Some 20,000 dogs will be at the NEC Birmingham as Crufts marks its 133rd year. This year's coverage is set to include classic favourites such as live Flyball, Agility, Heelwork to Music, The Kennel Club Hero Dog award and of course, the infamous Best in Show title for which 222 different breeds can compete.
Clare Balding said: "Crufts is always a massive highlight of my year. There's really nothing like it, the sights and sounds of the place, the agility, heelwork to music, flyball and judging every day, the people and of course the dogs! For a dog lover, there's nothing like it and as a viewer there's nowhere better to find expert tips, advice, and guidance on how best to look after your own dog, and basically just indulge your passion for all things canine."
The coverage line-up also includes a spotlight on some of Britain's fast disappearing native breeds, dog ownership in a cost-of-living crisis, canine communication, and expert advice on responsible dog ownership and care. Viewers will also be able to get involved from home across all of Channel 4's social channels and via Whatsapp QR code. Organised and hosted by The Kennel Club, the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare, and training, it is the largest show of its kind in the world and has been broadcast by Channel 4 and produced by Sunset+Vine since 2010.
How to watch
THURSDAY 9 MARCH
15.00-16.00 – Channel 4
18.30-20.00 – More4
20.00-21.00 – Channel 4
FRIDAY 10 MARCH
15.00-16.00 – Channel 4
18.30-19.30 – More4
19.30-21.00 – Channel 4
SATURDAY 11 MARCH
15.00-18.00 – Channel 4
19.00-21.00 – Channel 4
SUNDAY 12 MARCH
15.30-18.00 – Channel 4
19.00-21.00 – Channel 4 Crufts 2022: Best In Show Live