The death of three-year-old Jagger rocked Britain's Crufts
show, held annually since the reign of Queen Victoria, and unnerved a dog-showing world that some fear may have just become too competitive.
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!
"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."
Originally known as Cruft
's, the dog show became Crufts
in 1974 when a rebranding exercise deemed the apostrophe surplus to requirements.
Yorkshire Terriers ready for judging "Pentrevach of Perrywee" - a chihuahua - at Crufts
'reading' a book in February 1958
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.
Sealyham Terrier Charmin with the Cruft
's Best in Show trophy, at the NEC, in Birmingham, following his victory yesterday Picture: RUI VIEIRA
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.
IT is the biggest and most famous competition in the canine world - and it returns to Birmingham next week Crufts
has been running since 1891, moving from London to Birmingham's NEC for its centenary in 1991.
Watch our video to see TV star Mark Wright, and world famous double act Ashleigh and Pudsey, as they visits Crufts
In 1891 Cruft
modestly decided to add his name to the rapidly growing show and the world famous event was born.