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Last Updated: Thursday March 11 2010 14:36 GMT

In pics: Dogs put best paws forward for Crufts

Dogs arriving for Crufts 2010

Crufts - the world's largest dog show - returns to the NEC in Birmingham from Thursday, 11 to Sunday, 14 March 2010.

One dog taken to Crufts in a child's pushchair

Hosted by the Kennel Club (UK), Crufts attracts tens of thousands of dog lovers from around the world.

Louise from Shropshire with Border Collie puppies Maisie and Spud

Nearly 28,000 dogs are expected to take part this year. Visitors can meet their owners and get advice on everything from grooming to training.

Dog practices jumping through a hoop

The show will feature a range of competitions taking place at the same time.

Military working dog Treo with his handler

Dickin Medal winner Treo is one of several dogs nominated for the Friend For Life award at Crufts.

Owners take their dog to Crufts

The winners of seven pedigree categories are put forward to compete for the prestigious Best In Show award.

Sara Wilde of the Kennel Club with (from left to right), Huskies Laurel and Locket and four Canine Partner dogs who assist those with disabilities

Other competitions will be taking place over the four days, where dogs will be judged in areas such as obedience and agility.

Silhouette of someone taking their dog to Crufts

But not everyone likes Crufts and some are planning protests as they think it helps to promote the breeding of dogs to achieve a "master pedigree" at the cost of their health.