Crufts -- the biggest dog show in the world

10 Mar 2008 | by | Posted in: Events

The world’s largest dog show opened today in Birmingham, England, with about 23,000 dogs vying for the big best-in-show trophy, awarded last year to a Tibetan Terrier named Willy.

The Kennel Club of the United Kingdom says it expects the four-day show to be the second largest since it was founded in 1891 by entrepreneur Charles Cruft. Its largest was the centennial show in 1991. The best in show title will be awarded Sunday.

The hotel chain Travelodge expects more than 300 dogs to stay at its hotels around Birmingham, and it is providing special pooch beds, in various sizes, according to this BBC report.

"Crufts is a big occasion in the dog calendar and we want to acknowledge the importance of this event," said Leigh McCarron, sleep director (now that sounds like a cushy job) for Travelodge.

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