Nearly 10,000 dogs of 140 breeds went on display at the 1976 Crafts Dog Show which opened in London on Friday (13 February).
CU Chihuahua in portable crate.
CU Corgis on leads out of car and into pavilion.
SV Collies being powdered.
SV Another collie being combed.
SV Samoyed being brushed.
SV Crested Chinese dog licking owner.
CU Pyrenean Mountain dog.
CU King Charles Spaniel.
CU St. Bernards being judged. (2 shots)
GV PAN St. Bernards in ring.
SV Poodle being paraded.
GTV Dogs being judged.
Initials VS. 19.30 VS 20.00
SPORT: DOG SHOW
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Background: Nearly 10,000 dogs of 140 breeds went on display at the 1976 Crafts Dog Show which opened in London on Friday (13 February).
The dogs represent the cream of Britain's canine population. Before they can even gain entry to the show, dogs must have won a prize in a specified class at a championship dog show held during the previous year.
But the rewards are great. The dog breeding industry in the U.K. is booming and exports of dogs realised 2 million pounds sterling in 1975.
The industry has an average annual turnover of about 25 million pounds now....a far cry from the same industry in 1891 when Charles Cruft first opened his show.
The Crafts has also come a long way from its humble beginning. The show's Champion of Champions receives a 10,000 pound sterling price and is generally acknowledged as the finest dog in the world.
New breeds to the show this year are the Swedish Vallhund, the Estrela Mountain Dog, the Affenpinscher and the German Wirehaired Pointer.
They'll line up against the traditional favourite like Old English Sheepdogs, Yorkshire Terriers, Poodles, Afghan Hounds, Collies, Welsh Corgis and St. Bernards and come under the closest scrutiny from judges in an attempt to go down in canine history.
SYNOPSIS: From the tiny to the towering....the cream of Britain's dogs went on display in London on Friday at the 1976 Crafts Dog Show. Nearly 10,000 dogs are taking part...representing 140 breeds.
Of course, a dog can't just arrive at a show like this. The canines are curried, combed and powdered before entering the ring.
And they're competing for more than just a blue ribbon.
The Show's Champion of Champions receives prize-money of 10,000 pounds sterling.....and general acceptance as the finest dog in the world.
And dog breeding is a big business in Britain. Last year British exports of thoroughbred dogs realised two million pounds. Apart from the usual favourites, Crafts also attracts some rare breeds like this Pyrenean Mountain Dog.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a breed that has been a previous Champion of Champions winner as is the St. Bernard.
Preliminary judging took place on Friday with the major titles to be decided on Saturday. New breeds on show this year are the Swedish Vallhund, the estrela Mountain Dog, the Affenpinscher and the German Wirehaired Pointer. Those breeds are an indication of how far Crafts has come since its humble beginnings in 1891, when Charles Cruft opened his first show.