Crufts has announced it is changing the rules for this year’s competition and lifting the 90-year ban on performance-enhancing products.
Kennel Club – the body in charge of the contest – is drawing up a new code of practice that will allow the use of cosmetics that have been prohibited since the 1920s.
This means dog owners planning to enter their pet in this year’s event will be able to use chalk to improve the appearance of white fur or apply hairspray to give their pooch a fancy do.
Sandy Vincent, secretary of the Standard Poodle Club of Great Britain, said the move is a victory for common sense and the ban made the UK look foolish in front of nations like the US.
She added: “They laugh that the Kennel Club finds itself in this ridiculous situation. It’s a beauty competition. [The hairspray ban] is like Miss World being made to go on without her make-up.”
The decision to change the Crufts rules follows a dispute at last year’s competition, which came about after dogs were randomly selected to be tested for banned products and had some of their hair removed.