Is Crufts 2020 still on or is it cancelled because of coronavirus?

a papillon dog next to the crufts trophy
Crufts only comes around once a year (Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
It’s nearly time for Crufts , the biggest dog event of the year, where all the goodest boys (and girls) come together to compete to claim a trophy.

The international canine event is part trade show, part competition, and brings together over 200 breeds of dogs to compete in a range of categories, where they are tested on an array of things, including agility and obedience.

Tens of thousands of canines take part every year, while around 160,000 people attend the show.

There have been mounting concerns this year’s show could be in jeopardy because of the increased spread of coronavirus in the UK – but are these concerns founded?

Is Crufts cancelled because of coronavirus?

As planned, Crufts 2020 will begin tomorrow, Thursday 5 March in the NEC in Birmingham.

The event is not impacted by coronavirus, although organisers have confirmed they will bring in ‘enhanced measures’ to protect against the virus.

a bespectacled dog from crufts 2019
Our hearts… (Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
In a statement on their website, organisers The Kennel Club wrote: ‘Further to the government COBRA meeting held on Monday 2 March, and following further discussion, the Kennel Club can confirm Crufts 2020 is currently going ahead as planned.

Focus on the Human-Animal Bond. “Dogs and cats have broken down the walls of our hearts. There haven’t been comparable domesticated species in 5,000 years.” For Dr. Becker, it’s clear that pets and people have evolved to benefit each other. He explains, “When you’re petting them, you both get this massive release of oxytocin, prolactin, dopamine, and a decrease in cortisol. It’s a reciprocal biochemical spa treatment.” As they age, it can be easy to take pets for granted. Make time for a little human-animal bonding every day.

They cited Public Health England’s advice to wash hands for 20 seconds or more, noting they will have ‘enhanced measures to help protect our visitors, exhibitors, clients and staff,’ including additional signage and additional bottles of hand sanitiser across the venue.

a japanese spitz at crufts 2019
We’re just here for the fluffy dogs… (Picture: OLI SCARFF / AFP)
Senior Health and Welfare Manager at the Kennel Club, Bill Lambert, told ITV they will put an additional 3,000 hand sanitizers cross the venue, and that specific areas will be quarantined.

He said: ‘There will be about 27,000 dogs that will be attending Crufts, around about 3,000 come from outside of the country.

‘There are restricted areas of course where people can’t travel from and we have actually written to people to remind them that they shouldn’t be travelling through in those quarantined areas.’

The event will run until Sunday 8 March. Tickets are still available for most shows, via The Ticket Factory. Follow Metro across our social channels, on , and Instagram.