Cruft's is the world's largest dog show held by the Kennel Club every year. To be entered and exhibited at Cruft's a Chow as any other Breed must be qualified. To qualify for Cruft's a Chow Chow has to be entered in the KC Stud Book or win 1st, 2nd or 3rd at a Championship Show with Challenge Certificates, in one of the following classes - Minor Puppy, Puppy, Junior, Post Graduate, Limit or Open.
Charles Cruft was ambitious and a relatively short apprenticeship as an office boy led to promotion to travelling salesman. This brought him into contact with large estates and sporting kennels. His next career move with Spratts saw him travelling to Europe and here in 1878 French dog breeders, perhaps seeing entrepreneurial talents in Cruft, invited him to organise the promotion of the canine section of the Paris Exhibition. He was still just two years out of college.
More about the Cruft's History here - Reprinted with the kind permission of the Kennel Club