Crufts 2023 is here and thousands of people will be descending on Birmingham this weekend. Thousands of dogs will be taking to the stage in a series of challenges and events across four days.
Whilst tickets are still available to watch the action in person, broadcasters Channel 4 have plenty of opportunity for you to watch from home. The broadcaster will have almost wall-to-wall coverage of the prestigious event.
Clare Balding will return to host this year with presenters Sophie Morgan, who made her Crufts debut in 2022, and Radzi Chinyanganya. Also returning is veterinary professional Dr Paul Manktelow, and famed dog trainer Ashleigh Butler who will also be competing in the show.
Pet nutritionist and assistance dog advocate Chloé Fuller, who taught her dog Ted more than 100 commands to help her around the house and dog behaviourist Chirag Patel will be featuring in the coverage as well, along with two special guests. 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.”
Live coverage of Crufts 2023 will be available on Channel 4 and More4 if you miss out on any of the action. If you want to rewatch any of the competition in full or relive some of the biggest moments, check out the Crufts 2023 coverage on Four on Demand.
For even more coverage of Crufts 2023, you can head to Youtube. The official Crufts Youtube channel is packed with content to get you ready for the start of the competition.
In a first for Channel 4’s coverage of Crufts, there will be the addition of Whatsapp QR codes that will provide a new route for viewers to engage with the show. Viewers can also tune into a live webcam of 8-week-old puppies in honour of Guide Dogs for the Blind’s 90th Anniversary – aptly dubbed ‘Puppy Cam’.