More than 3,700 of Britain's leading dogs went on show at London's Olympia Exhibition Hall on Friday (9 February) in the 1973 Cruft's Dog Show.
GV EXTERIOR. Olympia building with Dog show sign
TGV PAN..INTERIOR. show in progress
SV PAN..show ring with dogs being shown
SV PAN..Pets accessories shop
SV PAN..Dog foods
SV PAN..Pedigrees forms shop
SV PAN..Breeders insurance shop
SV PAN..Dog book shop
SV Dog beauty aids
SV PAN..Dog clothes and ornaments
CU Dog hairdryers
CU PAN Spray can to Afghan hound being groomed
CU Basset hound
CU PAN..Terrier being powdered
CU Soft-coated wheaten terrier
CU Finnish Spitz
SV & CU PAN..Smallest & largest dogs in show (2 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT small dog sits on large dog
SV PAN..Girl and dog sleeping
SV PAN..Clumber spaniel PAN 'Gentlemen' sign
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Background: More than 3,700 of Britain's leading dogs went on show at London's Olympia Exhibition Hall on Friday (9 February) in the 1973 Cruft's Dog Show.
It was the opening day of the world's premier dog show, which draws dog fanciers from many parts of the world over its two days.
The show marked the 100th anniversary of the Kennel Club, which has been organising the show since 1948.
All the dogs competing have had to qualify for entry by gaining awards at championship shows during the past year.
In Britain, at least GBP50 million is spent each year on dogs,and the show provides firms with an opportunity of displaying the latest in equipment for the shampooed, groomed and manicured canine aristocrats.
A total of 65 breeds competed in 34 rings on the first day. They ranged from hounds to gundogs, terriers and other sporting varieties.
The second day of the show, which includes toy dogs, working, utility and non-sporting varieties, drew an entry of nearly 4,000 dogs.
One of the smallest dogs at the show was a miniature wire-haired dachshund "Drakesleat Hussy", 16 months old, and the largest was five-year-old Irish Wolfhound "Edgecroft Simon".
Cruft's has become a show-place for overseas buyers, who often purchase animals just from their results at the show.
During 1972, 13,000 dogs were exported from Britain -- or an average of one in every 14 pedigree puppies registered. Average prices paid by overseas breeders for Cruft's entries vary from GBP100 to GBP5,000.
SYNOPSIS: London's Olympia exhibition building comes to li??? with the sounds and sights of Britain's top dogs, as the nineteen-seventy-three Cruft's Dog Show gets under way. The two-day event began on Friday with more than three-thousand seven-hundred dogs competing in thirty-four separate rings. Their sixty-five breeds ranged from hounds to gundogs, terriers and other sporting varieties.
Dogs are "big business" in Britain and fifty million pounds is spent on them each year.
For the breeders, a stall carrying all the necessary paperwork that goes with pedigreed show dogs.
Books on care of the multitude of breeds that grace the show ring.
Then there are the many and varied beauty aids needed to have a champion looking its best.
It's a long and tedious job getting an animal like an Afghan hound in top show condition... more so than the Basset ... and the terrier... or perhaps this soft-coated wheaten terrier.
The smallest at the show... miniature wire-haired dachshund "Drakesleat Hussy", just sixteen months old... and the largest... five-year-old Irish Woldhound "Edgecroft Simon".
This year's show marked the one-hundredth anniversary of the Kennel Club, which has been organising the show since nineteen-forty-eight. All of the doge competing had to qualify for entry by gaining awards at championship shows during the past year.