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Supreme Championship Cup

Mrs Charles Cruft, widow of the founder of Crufts, presents the Supreme Championship Cup to Herbert Lloyd, owner of Coker Spaniel Tracey Witch. (ANL/Daily/REX/Shutterstock)

Crufts 2017: 35 incredible photos of the world's biggest dog show through the ages

Crufts, the world’s largest dog show, is taking place from 9-12 March 2017.

Thousands of dogs and their ultra-competitive owners are heading to the NEC Birmingham to be put through their paces in the 125th year of the competition.

The show, set up by Mr Charles Cruft, was first held in 1891 in Islington Royal Agricultural Hall, with 2,437 breeds showing off their coiffed fur and manicured paws.

The much-coveted Best in Show award was introduced in 1928, when a Greyhound named Primley Sceptre snatched the prize. Cocker Spaniels are the most successful breed historically, with seven Best in Show wins.

These pictures give a snapshot of the contest’s history, showing the traditions that have stuck around and the changes through the years.



Sandra Farquatar from Kent stands with her dog Sky. (PA)

Mary Ray gives a James Boned themed Heelwork display before the Best in Show result is announced at Crufts 2007. (PA)