Dogs and their owners have arrived in Birmingham for the start of the Crufts dog show. Almost 22,000 dogs are expected to travel the NEC to compete in the world's largest dog show.

The event has an international flavour with 2,655 dogs competing from overseas, compared to 2,131 in 2013, an increase of 25 percent. Dogs from 45 overseas countries will take part in the show, compared to 41 in 2013.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "Crufts continues to grow in size and popularity, as the number of dogs entered into this year's event is five percent up on last year. The fact that dogs come in their tens of thousands to Crufts is testament to the immense popularity of the event."