DogCast Radio
Home Episodes Articles Blog Breed profiles Book reviews Photos Contact

Three new dog breeds competing at Crufts 2019

Three new breeds from across the globe are set to wow the public at Crufts, the world’s greatest dog show, for the first time this year.

The Black and Tan Coonhound, the Russian Toy and the White Swiss Shepherd Dog will all be competing at the show, which runs from the 7th until the 10th March at the NEC in Birmingham. Making their debut, the 12 Black and Tan Coonhounds, 34 Russian Toys, and 18 White Swiss Shepherds, will compete in the Imported Breed Register classes and could go on to take home the coveted Best in Show trophy.

A total of 18 breeds, and 194 dogs, are entered into the Any Variety (AV) Imported Breed Register Classes at Crufts this year, and for only the second time the winning dog from these classes will be able to go on and compete for the Best in Group and Best in Show prizes.

Recognised most recently by the Kennel Club, the Black and Tan Coonhound became the 221st pedigree breed in the UK. The breed is the eleventh new breed to be recognised in the UK since 2008, following official Kennel Club recognition of the White Swiss Shepherd Dog and Russian Toy in 2017, the Braque d’Auvergne and the already well-known Jack Russell Terrier in 2016, and before that the Hungarian Pumi, Griffon Fauve de Bretagne and Picardy Sheepdog in 2014.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to welcome these new breeds to compete at Crufts for the first time this year. Crufts is the world’s biggest dog stage, so it’s an incredibly exciting opportunity for those who are passionate about their breed, and can help these newer breeds develop positively.

“The diverse mix of pedigree dog breeds in this country has grown slowly over time and we are now seeing many of the breeds that originated overseas becoming some of the most popular in the UK.

“The process of being recognised as a pedigree breed by the Kennel Club takes several generations of dogs, but once we recognise a breed it means that we know that it has a reliable lineage that will give people a dog with predictable characteristics in terms of temperament, health, exercise and grooming needs, which helps dogs to find homes with the right owners.”

Almost 21,000 dogs will compete at Crufts this year, including 3,611 dogs from overseas. Italy has the most entries from overseas with 413 dogs, followed closely by France (389), the Netherlands (327) and Germany (325).

Crufts runs from 7th – 10th March 2018. For more information, visit

pic credit Pinnacle Photo Agency Ltd


277 - Tripawd Superdogs, GB Senior Agility World Championship Team, Tuk's Law and the escapee kitten saved by a dog

In a bumper, bonanza, bulging at the seams episode, hear the inspiring story of the Tripawd Superdogs inspired by photographer Sarah Loveland's own three legged dog. History in the making, as the first British team enters the Senior Agility World Championships. Tuk’s Law campaigns to stop dogs and other pets being put down without the owner's knowledge. Daisy the escapee kitten was saved by a search and rescue dog, and her story is worthy of a Disney movie!

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.