Hounded out: Battle to save beloved British dogs

Published: 10th March 2017 12:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th March 2017 01:02 PM  

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Owners show Beagle dogs to be judged on the first day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. AFP
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Larger dogs, some of them globally-famous native breeds, are being squeezed out by handbag-sized pooches better suited to modern busy lifestyles and smaller homes. AFP
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Dandie Dinmont Terriers were all the rage in the 1800s, with queen Victoria jumping on the craze, but only 91 puppies were registered last year. AFP
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Now in its 126th year, Crufts sees dog owners from Britain and around the world bring their pets to compete at the 25 acre (10 hectare) site. AFP
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Dogs are judged for best of breed, with winners competing for Best in Show -- the ultimate Crufts prize. AFP
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