First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe. The event features a range of competitions such as dog agility, obedience, heelwork to music, and the acclaimed best in show.

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2017 marks the 126th anniversary of the world's most prestigious dog show, with competitors travelling from across the globe to take part in the event. First held in 1891, Crufts sees almost 22,000 dogs from hundreds of breeds compete each year.

Day one of Crufts 2017 (9 March) began with key competitions including agility dog of the year, advanced obedience along with a dog activities display for the audience in the main arena. Those considering of becoming dog owners also had the opportunity to ask questions to breeders, rescue charities and fellow dog lovers. Competitions over the following days will include rescue dog agility, vulnerable breeds final, heelwork to music, trailrunners and best in show. In this gallery, IBTimesUK takes a look at some of the latest pictures from day one of the event: