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Thousands of dogs to attend Crufts

Wednesday, 1st February 2012

Thousands of owners are getting set to pack up their dog food, grooming equipment and pet toys before making their way to the biggest dog show of the year.

The Kennel Club has revealed that around 26,000 dogs will be heading to the NEC in Birmingham for Crufts, which takes place between March 8th and 11th.

Overall, 21,029 dogs have been entered into the Agility and Obedience Championship and the breed judging.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "The fact that dog owners come in their tens of thousands to celebrate their dogs on the world’s most famous dog stage is testament to what a special place Crufts holds in the hearts of dog lovers throughout the world.

"We have the highest ever entry to the Breeders’ Competition, which shows the continued enthusiasm for this aspect of the competition."

Golden Retriever is the most well-represented breed at the show, with 516 dogs entered.

Other breeds that have increased in popularity this year are the Hungarian Puli, which is up 81 per cent in terms of numbers entered compared to last year; the Japanese Akita Inu, up 58 per cent; and the Boston Terrier, which increased by 44 per cent.