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Friday, 25 May, 2001, 15:31 GMT 16:31 UK
In pictures: Crufts finally starts
The Crufts dog show is under way at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre, more than two months after it was postponed amid fears that pet owners may inadvertently spread the foot-and-mouth virus.

Afgan hounds
Cross breed: Jeff Bunney, of Kidderminster, leads his Afghans across the road to Birmingham's NEC

Miniature long-haired dachshunds
Trolley doggies: Geraldine Brace, of Whitchurch, Cardiff, owns these miniature long-haired dachshunds

Irish wolfhound ring
And . . . sit: But the crowd was sparse around the Irish wolfhound ring on the first day of the show

Border collie
Fowl play: Border collie Lulu, owned by Emlyn Roberts, of Caernarfon, north Wales, ducks and dives

Afghan hound
Dog tired: Afghan hound Zac, owned by Ivor and Jean Coates, of Swindon Village, near Cheltenham, 'yawns'

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