The Kennel Club has announced that Crufts 2001 has been postponed and will not take place as planned on 8 – 11 March.

This decision has been taken due to the escalating situation with Foot and Mouth disease and after close liaison with the appropriate authorities.

MAFF has advised The Kennel Club that Crufts poses no greater threat than other public gatherings held at this time and that dogs and their handlers are not at risk from Foot and Mouth disease.

However, The Kennel Club hasreached this decision in light of its responsibilities to dogs and the dog world.Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager said: “We have obviously thought very long and hard regarding our position in this issue. We strongly believe that it is in the best interests of all concerned that in the circumstances, the postponement of the show is necessary and unavoidable.”

Further announcements will be made in due course.