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Crufts 2015 Dog Show Begins

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Crufts 2015 Dog Show Begins

The Crufts dog show, billed as the The Greatest Dog Show on Earth has began in Birmingham, England.

This year almost 21,500 dogs from all over the world are expected to complete. Three thousands dogs from 43 different country will be attending, with first time entrants from South Africa and South Korea added to the list.

The best represented breed is the Labrador Retriever, with 549 enteries, followed closely by Golden Retrievers with 532.

On the other end of the list is just 1 Hungarian Kuvasz, 6 Greenland Dogs and 7 Turkish Kangal’s.

The annual dog exhibition has expanded to cover more than 25 acres at the NEC in Birmingham.

Each year The Kennel Club has an artist paints the year’s Best in Show winner. The completed art work is then presented at the following year’s show to the Chairman of the Kennel Club Arts Foundation, before being put on display at the Kennel Club in London.

Painter Paul Doyle described his rendition of the 2014 champion Afterglow Maverick Sabre as “capturing something of the dog’s quiet yet commanding nature.”

The Kennel Club has run the competition since 1948, when they held it at the Olympia Stadium in London.

The annual event has missed a few year during World War One and World War Two, and when King George VI died on 6 February 1952 led to the delay of the beginning of the show which went ahead two days later.

 

 

 

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