Visnews cameras visited Feb 6 the "Greatest (Dog) Show on Earth" at the Olympia Exhibition Hall, London.
Visnews cameras visited Feb 6 the "Greatest (Dog) Show on Earth" at the Olympia Exhibition Hall, London. Some 6,000 dogs of all shapes and sizes competed for prizes in the annual Cruft's Dog Show", giving the nearly 200 judges a difficult task.
The exhibition hall was filled with the noise from Poodles -- very fashionable, Pekingese -- still the old folks' favourites, Corgis -- popular with British Royalty, Alsations, Terries and scores of other pedigree breeds. Entries to the show were arriving at the entrance hall all the time.
The show was founded in 1886 by Charles Cruft. The first show had only some 600 entries. When Cruft died in 1938 his window continued with the organisation he had built up and run one show in 1939, World War II put a stop to all dog shows it was during the war period that Mrs. Cruft decided to pass the show over to the Kennel Club so that it should be preserved.
This year's show, held Feb 6 and 7, is the 63rd and the 10th under Kennel Club direction.