Crufts 2023 travel warning as owners face fines over strict rules

Dog owners and handlers are advised to check the rules on the entry of animals into Britain ahead of this year’s Crufts show at the NEC Birmingham. Crufts 2023 will take place over four days from March 9-12, with around 24,000 dogs taking part and more than 150,000 visitors expected to attend the event.

This includes more than 3,000 dogs from 48 different countries in the breed evaluation categories leading to the Best in Show title. This year will see the highest proportion ever recorded of foreign dogs, with 18 percent of the total number of dogs competing. France leads the way with 398 dogs, just ahead of last year’s favorite Italy (387).

With Birmingham Airport right next to the NEC, many will travel to the event by plane, while others will choose to come by Eurotunnel or ferry. But all international visitors should be aware of the UK travel rules for pets.

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These include making sure dogs are microchipped. In the UK alone, more than a million dog owners are unaware that it is now a legal requirement to have their pet microchipped and risk a £500 fine for not doing so.

The microchip law was implemented in April 2016 for dogs and will soon be mandatory for cats as well. Owners are legally required to ensure their dog is microchipped by the time they are eight weeks old, unless they have health conditions that preclude the procedure.

Owners are also responsible for updating their contact details and dog microchip information in the database, as failure to do so could result in another £500 fine, pet insurance experts from


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