The Kennel Club has reassured competitors, exhibitors and everyone involved with Crufts that it remains ‘actively committed’ to holding the show next year.
In particular, it says the team has been looking at different options for how Crufts 2021 might look, with the most important aspect being the safety of all those who attend and any possible negative impact that holding the event may have.
Crufts 2021 is scheduled to take place at the NEC Birmingham from March 11-14.
Show manager Vanessa McAlpine said: “The Crufts Committee and events team have been liaising with the NEC and others to discuss how to make it possible to hold Crufts safely next year, ensuring that there is minimal risk of the transmission of covid-19 and assuming indoor events will be able to take place.
“It is inevitable that Crufts won’t be quite the same as usual due to the pandemic and that the requirement to follow current government guidelines will have an impact on hall capacities and other logistical issues.
“As such it will be necessary to make some alterations to the show to enable it to take place, as with any large event in this current climate. We hope to provide more information on this when we can. However, within this continually changing climate, further details including the qualification, may not be released until later this year and we ask for your patience in these unprecedented times.”
For up to date information on Crufts please go to www.crufts.org.uk. The Kennel Club will try to make announcements as soon as it can to any changes to the show.