Crufts - "the greatest dog show on earth" - attracted a world record entry of 13,211 dogs at Olympia, London.
SV Japanese dog Akita Inu named "Pan Yau" runs to owner, sailor John Trigg.
CU "Pan Yau" in arms of owner.
TV Int. Judging rings etc.,
LV Collie dog parading in judging rings.
SV Bulldogs with owners.
SV French poodles parade in ring.
SCU French Poodle "Texet Ting Aling" winner of bitches class.
SV Pan down Hairless Mexican dogs.
SV Pan down Icelandic dog.
CU Icelandic dog.
LV Terrier being judged.
SV Champion dog "Sandstorm Saracen" and cup.
CU Winning dog "Sandstorm Saracen".
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Background: Crufts - "the greatest dog show on earth" - attracted a world record entry of 13,211 dogs at Olympia, London. Visnews filmed Feb 7. the winning entries, unusual and rare breeds and the judging on the second and last day.
Exhibited to the 'Western World' for the first time at Cruft's, the Japanese dog the Akita Inu, called Princess Pan Yau and owned by leading seaman John Trigg of Sheffield, Yorkshire. Pan Yau, the first Akita to be brought from Japan was given to Seaman Trigg for a nominal GBP28. in Kure, near Hiroshima.
Smooth-haired, sharp-nosed with prick ears, she has a corgi-like face and in Japan is used for bear-hunting.
It was "poodles" day, Feb 7, with 341 miniature poodles on exhibition; Officially recognized as a separate breed for only 2 yrs. The toy (standing up to eleven inches high) has already passed the miniature (up to fifteen inches high), the welsh corgi and alsation, top dogs in previous years, in popularity.
Dog lovers saw one of the rarest breeds of dog in the world: The oldest-known but almost extinct Mexican Hairless. Only 28 are in existence. The discovery of clay effigies of the breed in tombs in Mexico date the breed back 2000 yrs. They are a domestic animal, affectionate, intelligent and easy to train and need practically no grooming.
On show for the first time at Cruft's, an Icelandic dog owned by Mr.M.Watson of Leeds. Icelandic laws govern their export. The first showing in U.K. was 1923. Also known as the Icelandic sheepdog he weighs 30 lbs and stands 15 to 18 inches high.
Big event of the day was the final judging in the evening Feb 7 for the Best on Show. Winners of every class paraded. Final choice a welsh terrier, champion Sandstorm Saracen, owned by Mrs.M.M.Thomas and Mrs.D.M.Leech, of Rhyl.
From abroad arrived breeders from Spain, Italy, Yugoslavia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark and Norway. Kennel Club show organisers report no visitors from any Iron Curtain country.