Dogs and their owners have begun arriving in Birmingham for the start of the 2015 Crufts dog show. Almost 21,500 dogs are expected to travel the NEC to compete in the world's largest dog show.

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An Irish setter arrives for the first day of the Crufts 2015 dog show in BirminghamDarren Staples/Reuters
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A pomeranian is groomed on the first day of Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in BirminghamCarl Court/Getty Images
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A woman sitting with weimaraners applies makeup during the first day of CruftsDarren Staples/Reuters
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Arthur Ward stands with his Pyrenean mountain dog Cody during the first day of Crufts 2015Darren Staples/Reuters

The event has an international flavour with 2,987 dogs competing from 43 overseas countries.

This year's Crufts runs from 5 to 8 March. Crufts 2015 will be televised on Channel 4 on 7 and 8 March.