Hounded out: Battle to save beloved British dogs

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

Owners show Beagle dogs to be judged on the first day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. AFP
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
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
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
Dogs are judged for best of breed, with winners competing for Best in Show -- the ultimate Crufts prize. AFP
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