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Crufts: the invasion gathers momentum!
28 CCs go overseas along with fifteen percent of Crufts best of breed winners

The greatest dog show on earth continues to attract international interest like no other. As the show has opened up since 2001 the volume of overseas competitors has gradually increased as their proportion of the spoils has grown dramatically.

Out of the 146 sets (292) CCs on offer at the show 28 went to overseas exhibitors with 26 best of breeds (15%) appearing in the big ring over the whole show.

Twenty reserve CCs also went to overseas competitors along with six best dog, one best bitch, three reserve best dog and two reserve best bitch awards.

The hound group had six BOBs, working group five, Gundog and Toy four, Utility three and Pastoral and Terrier two.

Two of the best of breeds, an Alaskan Malamute from Italy and a Papillon from the USA failed to make their respective groups because of late judging.

For the first time on the Saturday every parking space in the National Exhibition Centre car park was full! There were even parking difficulties in the Hilton Metropole Hotel car park on the Wednesday evening before the show because of the sheer number of unrelated special dinners and presentations. As a result many judges had to park in the overflow East Car Park.

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