Make no mistake, Crufts
isn't all about the best-looking pooches in town - there are the dog agility stars, the hero dogs in the Friends for Life competition, the skillful gun dogs; not to mention the shopping
It led to him taking over the management of the Allied Terrier Club Show at the Royal Aquarium, Westminster back in Britain and later holding the first Cruft
's show at the Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington in 1891.
A record number of pooches from overseas are on show at Crufts
, one of the largest dog shows in the world, taking place at the NEC in Birmingham.
Although it was a very different event in 1891, Charles Cruft
was a great showman and would surely have enjoyed the size and scope of the event today, which is an essential date in any dog lover's calendar.
MORE than 27,000 dogs are taking part in this year's Crufts
dog show at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre, which runs until tomorrow.
Originally known as Cruft
's, the dog show became Crufts
in 1974 when a rebranding exercise deemed the apostrophe surplus to requirements.
Runners-up: each a pair of day tickets to Crufts
Yorkshire Terriers ready for judging "Pentrevach of Perrywee" - a chihuahua - at Crufts
'reading' a book in February 1958
The first Crufts
might have taken place in 1891, but it wasn't the first dog show.
EVERY dog has its day and that's never more true than at Crufts
- the biggest annual event in the world's dog calendar - which starts tomorrow.
The show was founded by Charles Cruft
- a travelling salesman who had a brainwave.
FORMER dog biscuit manufacturer Charles Cruft
held his debut dog show in 1886 in Islington, London, but the first Crufts
took place in 1891.