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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

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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

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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

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

4. This happened last year.

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5. And this

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6. Not to mention this

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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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