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The 19 best dog pictures from Crufts 2024

More than 24,000 dogs from 220 different breeds take part in Crufts 2024, with the event culminating in the Best in Show trophy, awarded on Sunday night.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: A Chineses Crested keeps warm with a jacket before going into the show ring during Crufts at NEC  on March 07, 2024 in Birmingham, England. Over 24,000 dogs from 220 different breeds take part in Crufts 2024 with hundreds of the most agile and athletic dogs competing in different competitions including agility and flyball and, new for this year, Hoopers - a low-impact and inclusive activity for dogs and owners. The event culminates in the  Best in Show 2024 trophy, awarded on Sunday night. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
With its adorable outfit and charming demeanour, this Chinese Crested is sure to capture the hearts of everyone attending Crufts this year. (Getty)

Colourful coats, snazzy scarves and trendy leg warmers were all the rage as the contestants gathered for this year's Crufts dog show.

The furry competitors arrived at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham with wagging tails and eager faces on Thursday, braving a chilly start to the morning on the first day of the contest. One poodle wore a bright pink chunky scarf around its neck while another opted for a fuzzy green coat paired with pink hair accessories to wow the judges with a pop of colour.

Three Italian greyhounds wore bright coats to keep out the cold, while others donned rainbow-patterned leg warmers. This year, the annual competition will see thousands of dogs participate in a variety of challenges and presentations in a bid to take home a trophy.

The first day of the show will include a selection of agility and jumping tasks, a heelwork to music competition, obedience challenges, and a West Midlands police dog display. The jam-packed day will also include the judging of a variety of dog breeds, including a miniature schnauzer, an English toy terrier, a Japanese spitz and a chow chow.

More than 24,000 dogs from 220 different breeds take part in Crufts 2024, with the event culminating in the Best in Show trophy, awarded on Sunday night.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: A Standard Poodle named Persei is groomed before entering the judging ring at the National Exhibition Centre on March 07, 2024 in Birmingham, England. Over 24,000 dogs from 220 different breeds take part in Crufts 2024 with hundreds of the most agile and athletic dogs competing in different competitions including agility and flyball and, new for this year, Hoopers - a low-impact and inclusive activity for dogs and owners. The event culminates in the  Best in Show 2024 trophy, awarded on Sunday night. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
With its fur brushed to perfection and a dignified poise, Standard Poodle named Persei is ready to showcase its incredible pedigree at Crufts. (Getty)
An owner arrives with her Italian Greyhounds on the first day of the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, Britain, March 7, 2024. REUTERS/Phil Noble
An owner arrives at the NEC with her sleek and elegant Italian Greyhounds. (Reuters)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: A Yorkshire terrier waits to go in the show ring during Crufts at the National Exhibition Centre on March 07, 2024 in Birmingham, England. Over 24,000 dogs from 220 different breeds take part in Crufts 2024 with hundreds of the most agile and athletic dogs competing in different competitions including agility and flyball and, new for this year, Hoopers - a low-impact and inclusive activity for dogs and owners. The event culminates in the  Best in Show 2024 trophy, awarded on Sunday night. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A Yorkshire terrier gets in the zone just before she's due to go in the show ring. (Getty)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: A Yorkshire terrier takes to the parade ring during crufts at the National Exhibition Centre on March 07, 2024 in Birmingham, England. Over 24,000 dogs from 220 different breeds take part in Crufts 2024 with hundreds of the most agile and athletic dogs competing in different competitions including agility and flyball and, new for this year, Hoopers - a low-impact and inclusive activity for dogs and owners. The event culminates in the  Best in Show 2024 trophy, awarded on Sunday night. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Another confident terrier proves she's a natural as the show begins. (Getty)
A Standard Poodle is groomed by their owner during the first day of the Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham. Picture date: Thursday March 7, 2024.
A Standard Poodle is pampered and primped to perfection by their devoted owner. (PA)
Dogs arrive on the first day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 7, 2024. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
These two cute dogs strut their stuff on the opening day of the event at the National Exhibition Centre. (Getty)
Dogs and owners arrive on the first day of the Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham. Picture date: Thursday March 7, 2024.
This poodle wore a bright pink chunky scarf around its neck as it made its way to the arena on a chilly morning. (PA)
A dog arrives on the first day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 7, 2024. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
This pampered pooch made its entrance in a pink buggy. (Getty)
Dogs and owners arrive on the first day of the Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham. Picture date: Thursday March 7, 2024.
These two definitely won't be catching a cold after they donned matching purple jumpers. (PA)
Italian Greyhounds arrive on the first day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 7, 2024. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Italian Greyhounds arrive in matching outfits. But who wore it best? (Getty)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: An owner and dogs wait for judging during Crufts at the National Exhibition Centre on March 07, 2024 in Birmingham, England. Over 24,000 dogs from 220 different breeds take part in Crufts 2024 with hundreds of the most agile and athletic dogs competing in different competitions including agility and flyball and, new for this year, Hoopers - a low-impact and inclusive activity for dogs and owners. The event culminates in the  Best in Show 2024 trophy, awarded on Sunday night. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
An anxious owner and his dogs patiently wait for their big moment. (Getty)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: A Poodle is groomed before entering the judging ring at the National Exhibition Centre on March 07, 2024 in Birmingham, England. Over 24,000 dogs from 220 different breeds take part in Crufts 2024 with hundreds of the most agile and athletic dogs competing in different competitions including agility and flyball and, new for this year, Hoopers - a low-impact and inclusive activity for dogs and owners. The event culminates in the  Best in Show 2024 trophy, awarded on Sunday night. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
This elegant Poodle is groomed to perfection before the judges run their rule over it. (Getty)
Dogs and owners arrive on the first day of the Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. Picture date: Thursday March 7, 2024.
A proud owner arrives with her dogs ready to take on all comers. (PA)
Standard Poodles in the showring during the first day of the Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham. Picture date: Thursday March 7, 2024.
Two graceful and well-trained Standard Poodles dazzle the crowd on the first day of the competition. (PA)
A Standard Poodle waits to groomed during the first day of the Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham. Picture date: Thursday March 7, 2024.
A relaxed Standard Poodle takes some quiet time as it waits to be called to the floor for its big performance. (PA)
English Bulldogs in the showing during the first day of the Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham. Picture date: Thursday March 7, 2024.
Owners and their English Bulldogs deal with last-minute nerves as they enter the show ring. (PA)
A Standard Poodle is groomed by their owner during the first day of the Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham. Picture date: Thursday March 7, 2024.
These two don't look like they're going to let anything worry them as they prepare for their event. (PA)
A standard Poodle in the showring during the first day of the Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham. Picture date: Thursday March 7, 2024.
This Standard Poodle looks like a natural as it elegantly moves around the show ring in front of admiring crowds. (PA)