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Travel remained problematic, particularly
for those living in isolate areas, and as more
kennels relied on family members rather
than employed staff few owners could
absent themselves for long period. With
Scottish exhibitors particularly badly hit
the Scottish Kennel Club used its permanent
representation on the Kennel Club’s General Committee, to pressurise the Kennel Club into confirming the immediate post-war expediency of allowing the Scottish Kennel Club to run two Championship Shows each year, a unique privilege it still enjoys.
On the canine front Cruft’s was rarely out of the news throughout the decade. Television, which arrived at Cruft’s in 1950, has been a popular feature of the BBC programme schedule ever since, and one that has helped to encourage ever increasing visitor numbers to the show itself. Now settled into Olympia under Kennel Club management, an electrician’s strike in 1954 caused a late cancellation, achieving something that the death of monarch only two days prior to the doors opening had failed to accomplish two years previously. In 1955, looking for some new attraction, the Kennel Club Cruft’s committee introduced a Championship Obedience event as a main ring attraction each day. With entry, by invitation, limited to dogs and bitches having gained an Obedience Challenge Certificate in the previous year. A win in this competition counting as two Challenge Certificates, ensures the winner leaves the show with the title of Obedience Champion. Finally in 1957 the show, bowing to exhibitor pressure, followed normal precedence by staging a competition to find the Best in each Group from the Best of Breed winners at the end of each days judging, with the Best In Show selected from the Group Winners.
Ch Lochinvar of Ladypark at 10 Years of age