Crufts 2016: Nine facts about the world's largest dog show

As Crufts kicks off for another year - we take a look at some fun facts about the 125-year-old show.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 10 March, 2016, 11:53
How many of these Crufts facts do you know?

See how many of these facts you know, and test your friends as you watch the events this weekend!

*Crufts began in 1891.

*Hundreds of crossbreeds take part in Crufts, through agility, flyball, obedience, heelwork to music, Scruffts and Friends for Life competitions.

*There have been 78 Best in Show champions, with 43 different breeds winning the title over the years.

*The Cocker Spaniel has won the most Best in Show titles, with seven wins, followed by the Irish Setter, Poodle and Welsh Terrier which have won on four occasions each.

*The first Best in Show prize was won by a Greyhound.

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*Vulnerable British and Irish native breeds have won Best in Show at Crufts a total of eight times.

*Crufts covers more than 25 acres of the NEC in Birmingham. This includes 5 halls, the Pavilion and the Genting Arena.

*Over 900 veterinary students from all of the UK veterinary universities will be learning about pedigree dogs (and meeting a few) at Crufts this year.

*Almost 22,000 dogs will compete this year and 3,396 dogs from 47 overseas countries including Venezuela, Peru and the Philippines will take part.