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Show Dogs: The Road
to Crufts 2013

Minnow Films for More 4  

1 x 60 minutes
Minnow Films for More 4

Britain is a nation of dog-lovers, with nearly a quarter of all households owning at least one dog. For some people, 'man's best friend' is a way of life.

This documentary uncovers what it takes to breed, train and show a Crufts-worthy canine. The programme follows an eclectic, passionate and competitive mix of dog-owners to a variety of competitions around the country in the run up to Crufts.

Eleven-year-old James from Penrith dreams of competing in the Junior Handling category of Crufts with his whippet Dave. James was bullied over a period of years at school, but when Dave came into his life, he suddenly found a friend who gave him unconditional love, and with that came a new confidence and happiness.

Paul and Nikki from Bristol are passionate about their three bull terriers, which form a big part of their expanding family. With Paul's expectations of Nikki running high, how will she fare when she steps into the show ring at eight months pregnant?

Linda is 48 and lives in the New Forest with Dotty, her Jack Russell terrier cross. Rescue dog Dotty had a rocky start to life, until she met Linda. Now Dotty and Linda have a shot at the most important competition in the exciting and frenetic dog agility category.

More4’s Show Dogs: The Road To Crufts presented a fascinating insight into people whose lives revolve around training and showing dogs
The Daily Mail

“As the jittery dogparents anxiously await the judges verdicts, their backstories reveal how their devotion to pet ownership has given them a focus in their darkest hours”
The Guardian

Show Dogs: The Road to Crufts
Filmed & Directed by
James Newton
Alex Fry
Executive Producer
Morgan Matthews
Hannah Horan
Production Manager
Hannah Wythe
Mr Bingo
Chris White