Grufts: the people’s dog show

In recent times, Crufts has been marred by controversy, most particularly by concerns about the potential health risks of in-breeding. This led to a dispute between the broadcaster and the Kennel Club, which organises the event, and as a result, Crufts 2009 will not be screened on the BBC (although you can still watch the show live online).

Of course, this decision leaves a giant dog-shaped hole in the lives of the British public. So today, in an attempt to satisfy your dog show yearnings, The Guardian launches Grufts, the search for the World’s Leading Liberal Dog. There’ll be no kerfuffle over in-breeding, no snooty concerns over pedigree, for this will be the people’s dog, and all hounds are welcome.

We’ve entered three of the five family dogs, Boy Dog, Lilly and Toffee, who modelled sunglasses for us in issue 12 (no, they wouldn’t get out of bed for less than 10 Bonios). Check em out on the Grufts Flickr site here

Obviously, our dogs are going to win, but BonBon might give them a run for their money with this ‘fro:


Newsletter Terms & Conditions

Please enter your email so we can keep you updated with news, features and the latest offers. If you are not interested you can unsubscribe at any time. We will never sell your data and you'll only get messages from us and our partners whose products and services we think you'll enjoy.

Read our full Privacy Policy as well as Terms & Conditions.