A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
-Henry Wheeler Shaw
|Diva dogs and impressive silverware: last year's Best in Show. Image via.|
It is fair to say she is most definitely a dog person.
There is no doubt that here in Britain we are a nation of dog lovers as well and at no time of year does this become more evident than when Crufts is on.
Though not a dog owner myself, owing to living in a small flat, I still watch Crufts with enthusiasm. Best of Breed, Best in Show, I find it all very exciting and, let’s face it, for the most part those animals are pretty cute. I think the spoof mockumentary “Best in Show” probably got me hooked in the first place. If you've not seen it, it is worth a watch because it’s an amusing send up.
This year Crufts is taking place from 5-8 March at the NEC in Birmingham, its spiritual home since 1991.
This is the largest show of its kind in the world gaining competitors not just from Britain, but around the world.
The show was founded by Charles Cruft in 1886 and held at the Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington, London and was the first show in which all breeds were invited to compete. Charles Cruft, at the time, was working for a dog biscuit manager and the contacts he had within the industry allowed him to put on a show which held higher standards.
|To an outsider, Crufts may seem a little odd. Image via.|
Charles Cruft died in 1938 and although his wife continued for the next four years she eventually sold it to The Kennel Club in order to ensure its future. By 1959 the show had set a world record with 13,211 entrants.
|Of course dogs come in all shapes and sizes, even in silver! This sterling silver corgi was made in 1977 to mark HRH the Queen's silver jubilee. Click here to view on our website.|
It is now estimated the around 28,000 dogs take part and if you add to that nearly 160,000 human visitors, that is one noisy exhibition hall.
|This handsome cast sterling silver pup was made in 1963. Click here to view on our website.|