Gamekeepers, beaters and pickers-up from across the UK are getting ready for one of the main events of the gundog calendar – Crufts 2016.

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Gundog Day at Crufts is on 11 March at the NEC in Birmingham. The gamekeepers’ classes, which are hosted by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), are open to owners of working gundogs, gundog teams, young handlers and, of course, gamekeepers. Popular with handlers, the classes have the opportunity to show working gundogs in their prime.

The top individual dogs owned by gamekeepers will go head-to-head in a final show in the main arena for the Best in Gamekeeping Class title and the chance to win the Northesk Memorial Trophy.

During the lunchtime interval BASC will hold a gundog demonstration display.

Matt Dutton, one of BASC’s game and gamekeeping officers, said: “This is a great opportunity to see working gundogs being shown at the biggest dog show in the world. All of the dogs who are getting ready to take part have just finished a busy shooting season. BASC’s rings at Crufts provide a showcase of working gundogs to a global audience and give their handlers an opportunity to show these animals in their prime.”

The BASC gundog programme is sponsored by Chudleys.