Bulldog and Shar Pei veterinary checks

The Bulldog was not represented in the Utility group at Crufts on Sunday. We have stringent rules in place at shows to ensure that dogs with visible health concerns do not go forward in the competition and the Bulldog failed its show veterinary check, so was not represented in the group at Crufts 2023.

The veterinary checks are in place to look for any visible signs of health concerns for all group winning dogs at Crufts, and also for the winners of breeds – including the Bulldog – for which there are health concerns.

It should be noted that Respiratory Function Grading scheme results analysed ahead of the event show that more than 80% of Bulldogs entered at Crufts 2023, and RFG scheme assessed, were clinically unaffected by BOAS, with results of either grade 0 or 1.

Elsewhere, the Shar Pei was deemed to be unfit to go forward into the group, following the veterinary check given to all those going into the group judging – and so was not represented in the Utility group.