Crufts dogs sport snoods and boots
Published 07/03/2013 | 13:16
The annual Crufts dog show has turned into something of a catwalk contest as pampered pets arrived in rain coats, their paws clad in winter boots.
More than 27,000 animals are expected to descend on Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre for the annual show - with many donning the latest in canine wet-weather fashion.
While some turned out in nose-to-tail waterproofs, others arrived wrapped in blankets and in one case, even sporting a snood.
Owners left nothing to chance, employing a range of novel methods to ensure their immaculately-groomed animals arrived at the competition without a potentially devastating dip in a puddle.
Dominico Traversri opted to hoist Afghan dog Louis onto his shoulders in a fireman's lift while another pet was wheeled into the event in a cage.
The Kennel Club estimates around 145,000 people will visit the four-day celebration, which includes contests to assess agility, heelwork and other disciplines.
A record 2,131 dogs from 41 overseas countries will travel to Birmingham for the annual show, including entrants from Hong Kong, India, Indonesia and Malaysia, none of which have been represented at Crufts before. A total of 13 new breeds will be making their debut at the event, which has attracted more than 20,500 dogs.
Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko said: "The fact that dog owners continue to come in their 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."
Among the main attractions at the 2013 show is the return of the Crufts Factor competition, the Friends for Life award, and Sunday's decision on the prestigious Best in Show title.
This year's Friends for Life contenders include a Birmingham-based police dog which has been involved in more than 285 arrests and once sniffed out a £10,000 cache of stolen power tools.