The first show named Crufts
's Greatest Dog Show"- was held at the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington, in 1891.
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.
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.
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.
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
In 1891 Cruft
modestly decided to add his name to the rapidly growing show and the world famous event was born.
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.
But what's so appalling about what happened at Crufts
is the knowledge this could happen to anyone.