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7 Reasons England’s Crufts Dog Show Beats Westminster

You thought Westminster was impressive? Try Britain’s Crufts. Billed as the “biggest and best celebration of dogs,” the show kicks off March 7 in Birmingham, England. Here’s a look at just how canine crazy Crufts is.

1. Heelwork to Music

Dog dancing or “Heelwork to Music” premiered at Crufts in 2005. It has since become a crowd favorite, existing somewhere between rhythmic gymnastics and Dancing With the Stars. Costumes are also involved.

2. Flyball

Crufts also has “Flyball,” a high adrenaline dog race, complete with crowd participation and a few unwavering rules, like each team having “at least one ABC (anything but a collie) dog in the team.” Sorry collies!

3. It’s the biggest

This year, 25,000 dogs are expected to compete. Westminster pales with 3,200.

4. This happened last year.

6. Not to mention this

Jonathan Hordle / Rex Features / Via guardian.co.uk

7. Scruffts

They actually have a competition for crossbreeds, like Labradoodles and Puggles. A more informal competition than the purebreds, but see how happy this dog looks? Westminster, see?

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