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Last Updated: Thursday March 06 2008 13:20 GMT

In pictures: Pups prepare for Crufts


Some of the most pampered pooches in the world are putting their best paws forward to get to Birmingham for the world's largest dog show - Crufts.

A bulldog

Almost 23,000 dogs, including 1,165 from overseas, are taking part in the four-day event, but only one can be crowned top dog as the best in show.

A Papillion dog

Owners do all they can to keep their pets looking perfect - even if that means pushing them to the show in a pram!

A poodle showing at Crufts

Showtime! This poodle's being judged on how good it looks and how well it's performing.

Poodles being groomed

But looking that good doesn't come easy - owners and trainers spend ages perfecting their pooches' look before they step into the show ring.

Chinese crested dog

Having watched the competition, this Chinese crested dog is taking time out to practise strutting his stuff.

Working sheep dog Twig

There are loads of different events, including agility and doggy dancing, but not everyone can win. Never mind pup, maybe next year!

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